In 2020, the NSW Government Architect released a ‘Draft Connecting with Country’ framework for the planning, design, and delivery of all New South Wales Government built environment projects that aim to ‘connect’ us with Country. This briefing outlines the core aims of the framework and its implications for New South Wales local governments.
Councillor Donna Stimson, lead for Climate Change and Sustainability in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in the South East of England discusses the importance of local climate action including the recent creation of the Borough’s first Climate Partnership and the challenge of building political consensus.
In June 2022 the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on families and early childhood development. This briefing deals with one of the longest of these papers: Early childhood inequalities.
Improving and equalising wellbeing is one of the fundamental missions of the UK Government’s levelling up agenda, but new research from the Social Market Foundation finds many economically prosperous places have low levels of wellbeing, whilst economically challenged places report higher wellbeing. This paradox has implications for policy making.
LIVE Q&A EVENT Localisation, sustainability and resilience: Harnessing the power of Anchor Collaboratives
Join us as we explore the potential benefits of anchor collaboratives and localising supply chains for local economic development.
The recent Census of Population 2022 – Preliminary Results, which revealed that Ireland’s population had passed 5 million for the first time in over 170 years, had a considerable focus on housing. This briefing reviews the census results in conjunction with relevant housing data to consider how housing supply has measured up.
Government sets out its grand designs for more Grand Design homes – including possible planning changes
The DLUHC recently announced plans to help “thousands of families” to build their own homes making self build homes “an option for those who don’t have Grand Designs size budgets”. The announcement was made as the government formally responded to an independent review, commissioned by the Prime Minister.
This briefing addresses some of the preliminary findings of the April 2022 Census undertaken in Ireland. Ireland’s population is growing at rates not previously seen in the OECD and this briefing examines the challenges of trying to deliver balanced regional growth in such conditions.
This briefing provides an overview of recent ONS place-based statistics about your area – including, most significantly, the first release of Census 2021 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making. This briefing provides a starter for that.
There is growing interest amongst politicians and policymakers in the potential role of social/community infrastructure in promoting thriving communities. Policies introduced across several UK nations aim to grow social infrastructure. This report examines the evidence base on ‘what works’ with regard to social infrastructure and community initiatives.