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2015-16 legislative programme

This briefing outlines the Government Bills proposed for the 2015-16 parliamentary session, together with the main legislative measures being proposed for each; drawing out where possible the impact and relevance to the local government sector.

England & Wales
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Police and Crime Commissioners: nine months (and one silly season) on

The first Police and Crime Commissioners were elected in November 2012 and were intended to provide local leadership and accountability to the criminal justice sector, though the process was mired in controversy about politicisation of the police, public apathy and the election framework put in place. While criticisms of legitimacy have largely disappeared, there remains…

England & Wales
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Household Food Security: Final Report for Defra

In a Parliamentary debate on food banks last December, attention was drawn to a study on food insecurity commissioned by Defra in early 2013 which had yet to appear. The report was published on 20 February 2014. This briefing outlines the aims of the research and its main findings. The report has appeared in the…

England & Wales
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Update on Fracking

On 13 January 2014, David Cameron announced that councils would be able to keep 100 per cent of business rates they collect from shale gas sites. This adds to community benefits already agreed with the extraction industry of £100,000 when a test well is fracked and a further 1 per cent of revenues if shale…

England & Wales
Members

Island Oddity: the theory and practice of island-proofing

The Scottish Government has made a commitment to empowering Scotland's island communities. The 2015 consultation on provisions for a future islands bill invited views on many associated policy areas. This briefing explores the concept of island-proofing, considering what it is and why it is needed.

Scotland