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A regional approach to planning for electric vehicles

The Northern Councils Alliance recently launched the Community Electric Vehicle Transition Plan to support lower-emission transport options and prepare for EV adoption. This briefing explores the plans and it’s recommendations for local, state, and federal governments, emphasizing the importance of regional collaboration in EV transition.

Australia With case study
Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Elections issues for English local authorities 2024

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period. This includes the publicity code, tackling discriminatory election campaigns, using data during campaigning and the position of elected members who are also campaigning for re-election.

England & Wales
Members

Economic wellbeing in the UK in 2024

This briefing draws on three recent reports on the economy and poverty in the UK. Focusing on economic wellbeing, it explores proposals for a new social contract under which the state, business, citizens and civil society all play a part in an economy and society that works for everyone.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Budget 2024 – local growth and devolution

This briefing seeks to identify the big ticket announcements in the 2024 Spring Budget – what was omitted and what can form the basis for discussions on national-local economic reforms with the next government.

England & Wales
Members

Reflections from the inaugural National Regional Housing Summit

Earlier this year, the Regional Australia Institute hosted the inaugural National Regional Housing Summit, which called for increased awareness of the unique housing crisis facing Australia’s regional, rural and remote communities. This briefing examines the three key policy recommendations explored at the Summit.

Australia
Members

Ireland’s Planning and Development Bill – Part 3

This is the third briefing in our series covering the Planning and Development Bill. It covers Part 3 of the Bill, which sets out the approach to plans at the national, regional and local level, and also includes the new concept of National Planning Statements that will replace what are currently known as Ministerial Guidelines.

Ireland
Members

Beyond the emergency: Overcoming housing problems in rural Scotland

Councils in rural and island areas of Scotland face major housing problems as well as the housing emergency that is affecting all areas of Scotland. What can be done to tackle hidden homelessness and provide residents with a wider range of affordable homes? A new briefing investigates.

Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Closing the global skills gap: Is there a leadership role for local government?

The global skills gap refers to a mismatch between the skills possessed by the current workforce and the skills required for the future. Efforts are being made across sectors to bridge the gap, such as upskilling and reskilling initiatives. This briefing explores the vital role of local government in addressing this issue.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Global Local

What can we learn from the Canadian local government experience of retrofitting?

This briefing explores the Canadian experience in developing and implementing building codes and green technologies to make new buildings more energy efficient and climate resilient. It also identifies key barriers and offers solutions, along with case studies and best practices for policymakers and industry stakeholders.

Global With case study