Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?

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Social infrastructure – rapid evidence review of community initiatives

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.

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England policy round-up – June/July 2022

Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart: Understanding Local Government’s role

In his victory speech on election night on 21 May 2022, the leader of the Australian Labor Party, Anthony Albanese, renewed the incoming government’s commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart. With this renewed focus, this briefing provides important background to the Uluru Statement from the Heart and outlines its relevance to local…

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Scotland policy round-up June 22

This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland. From urban planning to finance, climate change to education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy contexts.

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IFS Deaton Inequality Review: Communities and attitudes to inequality

In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing deals with two papers published on 23 May 2022 as part of the Review – Communities, places and inequality and Attitudes to inequality: preferences and beliefs.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Is planning part of the patriarchy?

Are cities sexist and is our planning system biased against women? This briefing examines the arguments that planning authorities should require an assessment of the impact on women’s safety to be published as a condition of planning approval for major developments.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Culture and Levelling Up

This briefing provides an update and round-up on culture and levelling up. It looks at some of the emerging evidence themes from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee Inquiry on cultural placemaking and levelling-up, alongside DCMS and Arts Council England policy and spending announcements.

England & Wales Briefing