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A looming crisis: the mental health impacts of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown are impacting on people’s mental health. Mental health services are expecting a surge in demand into the next year and beyond. However, this cannot just be left to the health service, local councils need to be at the heart of a community recovery.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland

Oversight in the provision of social housing by approved housing bodies

This briefing is the latest in our series examining the reports produced by the Value for Money Unit of the LGAS. The briefing examines the VFMU report produced in December 2015 titled “The oversight role of local authorities in the provision of social housing by Approved Housing Bodies (AHB s)”.  This was the VFMU’s 29th…


Social mobility – what’s been achieved in the last seven years?

The Social Mobility Commission has published a comprehensive audit highlighting what it describes as a “disappointing level of [UK] government action” on social mobility over the last seven years. In this briefing, we explore the findings, which comprehensively cover many major policy areas relating to social mobility.

England & Wales, Scotland

Cyber crime: prevention is better than cure

Cybersecurity is a pressing concern for local councils as cyber-attacks are on the rise, with the National Cyber Security Centre reporting more than 700 data breaches logged by councils in 2020. This briefing focuses on the measures local councils can take to prevent the devastating outcome of a cyber-attack.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Heritage for Inclusive Growth – RSA report

Heritage can bring about social and economic change, support inclusive growth and develop inclusive place-based identities. Heritage policy and economic policy tend to be separate, but could be integrated, playing an important role in tackling the inequalities exposed by Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter protests.

England & Wales, Scotland

2021 Scottish Parliament election: democracy in unpredictable times

The 2021 Scottish Parliament election will be significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing covers the current election timetable, the wider impact of the pandemic on the election, the state of the political parties, the parliamentary candidates, and the campaign issues of this election.


Supply chains, land use planning and the circular economy

This briefing, part of a series looking at the concept of a circular economy, explores the importance of understanding supply chains in order to effectively integrate circular economy goals with land use planning and economic development.