The five-week waiting period for new claims to Universal Credit has been the subject of some considerable controversy. The Work and Pensions Select Committee’s October 2020 report on this and the wider context is analysed here, along with the government’s response.
This clear and well researched Nuffield Trust report paints a depressing picture of a system that, despite good intentions, is fractured and, combined with difficulties in oversight, teeters on the brink of failure.
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.
Fingal County Council’s ‘Shop Local’: Chambers Ireland’s Supporting Sustainable Communities award winner
Responding to the pandemic, Fingal County Council launched an initiative helping local businesses to get to grips with telephone and online business and encouraging people to shop local, winning them the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards 2020 award for Supporting Sustainable Communities.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.