The UK Government has set out its intentions of developing the further education sector in the coming year. This briefing looks at recent publications and government statements.
Ingrid Koehler and Jonathan Carr-West catch up on the latest from the elections, the Local Democracy Research Centre and a fascinating chat with Dr Matthew Potter who discusses the importance of history to place.
The report is to the point: ‘There is simply not enough core funding … The Department’s recognition of this problem now needs to be translated into significant funding increases’ including a multi-billion pound funding increase and a ten-year plan. The DfE are consulting on financial transparency.
Keep Scotland Beautiful’s latest research on littering not only spells out the horrifying facts, but recommends a bold, revised approach to safeguarding and improving the beauty and cleanliness of Scotland’s local environments. Barry Fisher, CEO, tells us more about the issue – and their eight-point cross-sector agenda for change.
Three separate reports have been published in the last two months regarding better roads conditions. The reports are: the LGA's ‘Better Roads for England’; the Government’s 'Response to the Transport Select Committee's report on Better Roads: improving England’s strategic road network', and a report from environmental campaigners, which makes the case for assigning at least…
As part of the requirements of the Scottish Climate Change Act, the Scottish government published the Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme (SCCAP) in 2014. This briefing covers the first independent progress review from the Adaptation Sub-Committee of the UK’s Climate Change Committee (CCC).
Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.
Given the similarities between issues surrounding housing in the UK and Ireland, it will be useful to take a look at the Mayor of London's draft housing strategy - a strategy for the capital assessing housing conditions and housing need, including proposals for tackling these issues and a statement of spending proposals.
The Barclay Review of Business Rates report was eagerly awaited by businesses, trade bodies, professionals, ratepayers, Councils and members of the public. It took around one year to complete and includes thirty individual recommendations. This article looks at the findings of the review, and considers the main issues and implications for local government.
Alongside an overview, November’s Oireachtas report focuses on the political controversy of so-called “Votegate”, and covers a recent piece of legislation in more detail: Housing (Regulation of Approved Housing Bodies) Bill 2019.