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The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is now at the Committee Stage. It is a hugely significant but also contentious bill. We summarise its key provisions and look at some of the responses to it from interested organisations.

England & Wales

Levelling up transformatively

In his latest column for The Municipal Journal, Jonathan Carr-West reflects on the recent announcements around levelling up and devolution that have come out of Whitehall, particularly given the implications of this month’s local election results.

England & Wales

Longford County Council’s award-winning adoption of remote working technologies in the face of Covid-19

Longford County Council’s innovation and leadership in adopting digital technology to allow councillors to continue to serve their communities throughout the pandemic, including being the first municipal district to hold a virtual meeting in 2020, led to them picking up the award for “Outstanding Initiative through the Municipal Districts” at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local…

Ireland Blog Post

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities – EPI report

The UK Government for England is due to publish a Green Paper in June 2021 following a review of arrangements to provide support for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) introduced by the Children and families Act 2014. The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published a report assessing how fairly Special Educational Needs…

England & Wales

New councillor? Get ready to plan as a team

Former ‘new councillor’ and LGIU associate Chris Hayes has some wise words for new councillors to make the most of their term of office.

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Supporting affordable housing delivery for a fair and just recovery: lessons from Europe

The pandemic has impacted the housing sector severely, emphasising a lack of available and affordable housing in some areas and creating uncertainty around construction and development. This briefing outlines areas with potential for local government to effectively lead on increasing available and affordable housing.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

The evolving role of libraries in communities

This briefing will look at why it is essential for local governments to aid the transition to digitalised platforms, and how this can be done through infrastructure and operational activity changes. It also looks at the trends in library service delivery.

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Swift Read: Lockdown fines – who is paying the penalty?

More than 85,000 fines have been issued under lockdown rules in England alone, but is the system of fixed penalty notices fair or are some people wrongly fined by the police and local authorities? A swift read based on a report by a parliamentary committee looks at the situation.

England & Wales