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2014 Queen’s Speech: 2014-15 Legislative Programme

* The Queen has set out the Government’s legislative programme for the 2014/15 Parliamentary session. * The Programme includes 11 new Bills, including ones on small business and enterprise, infrastructure, pensions, childcare, modern slavery, serious crime and the recall of MPs. * Three draft bills promised are for pre-legislative scrutiny on the governance of national…

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Climate Change 2014 : Mitigation

* This briefing is the second of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises its latest report which assesses the most up-to-date scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social evidence, from across the world, on the mitigation of climate change. * The findings suggest more immediate and ambitious…

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Progress on the Government’s Roads Reform Programme

Summary • In July 2013, the Government published the Action for Roads Command Paper, setting out a series of proposals for roads policy to 2021, including the development of a Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and a proposal to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. • The Department for Transport (DfT) consulted on its…

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Climate Change 2014 : Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

* This briefing is the first of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises two recent reports which assess the most up-to-date scientific and socio-economic evidence, from across the world, on climate change and its impacts. *The reports confirm the IPCC’s previous findings that the way and…

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2014 Queen’s Speech: What might be in it?

The Queen’s Speech on 4 June 2014 will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2014/15 Parliamentary session. This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. In relation to local government there is possible new legislation on the regulation of social care…

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Climate Change and Social Justice: A Review

* The review is part of a series by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) ) which aims to analyse the social justice implications of climate change in the UK. Using a rapid research assessment method to analyse literature, it also makes recommendations related to existing mitigation and adaptation…

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Integrating sustainable transport, road safety and public health

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has published a new report highlighting the importance of transport policy in delivering safety, sustainability and health objectives. The report draws on the views of a cross-section of experts in order to determine how much joined-up working is currently underway and how this could be improved and…

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Making the most of HS2: two recent reports

This briefing focuses primarily on two important reports on HS2 which were published within a week of each other in March 2014. The first sets out the outcomes of the eight week review of the project by the new chairman of HS2 Ltd. David Higgins’ report was published on 17 March and sets out his…

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Local Enterprise Partnerships: new LGiU essential guide

We have just published a new guide for members on LEPs. The guide has been compiled by LGiU associate Majeed Neky, who is also part of the secretariat team for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Growth. The guide has been edited by Janet Sillett. It brings together and updates a series of LGiU…

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The rise of community food growing: what role for local planning authorities?

* Sustain has published a new report setting out how planners can provide more spaces for community food growing to help meet local authority strategic objectives * It follows the government’s recent Planning Practice Guidance (PPG), which requires planners to support people to make healthy choices, including promoting access to healthier food * The report…

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