This month’s round-up includes the latest news on homelessness, permitted development, new housing permissions, and ongoing consultations.
The Committee finds evidence of “a system that is close to breaking point”, with budget overspends and the use of reserves normal in most local authorities leading councils to prioritise mandatory services and make cuts to early intervention services.
The Youth Work Inquiry sponsored by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Youth Affairs finds that youth work is both wanted and needed by young people today, and that youth services can respond not just to young people as individuals, but also to their wider communities. The briefing looks forward to the Government’s new Youth Charter.
The UK’s environmental legislation has been heavily influenced by the EU and the task of transposing EU legislation into domestic law is a huge practical challenge. Without a strong economic agent championing its interests, the environment may “fall through the cracks”.
This paper will examine the increasing importance of borders on both sides of the Atlantic. In particular, the potential hardening of the previously tense border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland following the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.
The 2010 welfare reforms were the largest change to the benefit system since the Beveridge Report. Eight years on the system is still work in progress, with concerns around whether it is delivering against its objectives. This briefing considers the impact of the reforms on disabled people.
How local authorities can reduce emissions and manage climate risk: Committee on Climate Change report
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is an independent government advisory committee and it was asked by Greg Barker, the Energy Minister, to issue advice to local authorities on how they can be incentivised to show leadership, and what scale of ambition they should set themselves. * The CCC report summarises the national context of…
...with the confidence to continue provision until 2020. It is now essential that further clarity is provided on funding beyond 2020 however – how these funds will be drawn down,...
Brexit is still dominating political debate. Local government is realising the potential impact and making its voice heard in that debate. This is the first of our regular Brexit updates.
The future of business rates is a crucial issue for local government in England and Scotland. This briefing, written for LGiU in England, (including a section on Scotland) sets out the story so far in England and is re-circulated as part of our new programme for local government across Scotland.