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Revising the National Planning Framework

The National Planning Framework has proven to be quite the thorn for local government which is why many are supportive of the Irish government’s plan to revisit and renew the framework in 2024. This think piece reviews the current issues and explores the intent and potential outcome of the upcoming review process.

Ireland
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Tackling the challenges of adult mental health

This briefing examines the crucial leadership role of local authorities in addressing the growing challenges associated with adult mental health and contains case studies with key insights from councils in England.

England & Wales With case study
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Halfway to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development

Ahead of the 2023 Sustainable Development Goals Summit in September, this briefing revisits Australia’s sustainable development commitment and the central imperative of sustainable development in localisation to support national and global goals.

Australia
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Youth Justice: Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan and response

This briefing looks at the recently released UK Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour Action Plan for England and Wales and the implications it holds for children and young people along with some related publications.

England & Wales
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Listening to tenants: the changing face of social housing regulation in England

Tenants are at the heart of a new system of regulating social landlords in England with inspections due to start in 2024. In preparation, councils and housing associations should be aware of how they will consult tenants about the quality of homes and other customer service. This new briefing explores the circumstances.

England & Wales With case study
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The role of local government in domestic pet management

Supporting the needs of pet owners and ensuring community safety when it comes to animal management can be a complex task – particularly as cities grow and densify, and community expectations change. This briefing looks at the different ways in which state and local governments approach domestic animals and pest management.

Australia With case study
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Federal Budget 2023-24

This news briefing looks at the key 2023-24 budget announcements that relate to local government in Australia. It is the first step in LGIU’s plan to unpack the key grants and funding programs available to local government.

Australia
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Marked absent: why children are missing full-time education

School attendance has dropped dramatically since the pandemic, with children more like to be absent for reasons other than illness. Why has this occurred and what can be done to get pupils back into the classroom? This briefing investigates using attendance data for England.

England & Wales