The UK government has put investment in large transport and digital infrastructure projects at the heart of its approach to economic growth but has tended to overlook the important role of social infrastructure. This briefing examines the potential contribution of social infrastructure to the levelling up agenda.
This briefing looks at the introduction of Smart Parking initiatives across Australia as part of Smart Cities strategies, and discusses the approach adopted by the City of Adelaide, the potential benefits that were sought, the business case and the experiences and learnings to date arising from implementation of this project.
The importance of industrial growth and innovation in local authority approaches to supporting local economic growth
Local authorities (LAs) need to understand the industries and services locally that can generate economic and employment growth, and to encourage innovations to that end Traditional intervention models focused on inward investment, public subsidy (even of infrastructure), and traditional manufacturing industries are unlikely to be successful and enduring in the current economic and public policy…
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Report: Energy efficiency: building towards net zero
This briefing deals with a report published by the Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Select Committee (the BEIS Committee) on the UK Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings. It covers policy in England and the Devolved Administrations.
This briefing discusses recent reforms to local strategic planning and the preparation of new Local Housing Strategies by local governments in New South Wales. These are part of efforts to introduce improved local strategic land use planning aligned with longer-term regional and district strategic plans.
Pauline Waddell, Team Manager, Mobile Emergency Care Service (MECS) explains how Falkirk Council safeguarded a lifesaving service and became the first local authority in Scotland to enable end-to-end digital telecare.
This report from the NPI and the Lloyds Bank Foundation traces the impact on service-level spend across services, between types of local authority and between areas. It finds some significant disparities underneath the headline figures, which raises questions about the sustainability of local services to tackle disadvantage.
The What Works Centres have pioneered new ways of compiling evidence in areas such as education, local growth and social care. A government report presents key findings from the Network and gives examples of the impact that the Centres have had on public services over the last five years.
This briefing introduces the legal responsibilities of local authorities to communicate during emergencies, including those caused by extreme weather, and looks at examples of best practice. It outlines strategies for effective communications, including key channels to consider.
The NAO’s new report “Public Services Markets: Putting things right when they go wrong” looks at how public services deal with complaints and redress, focusing on adult social care and early years education. There is clearly room for improvement.