Topic: Communities and society

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January 2021 Think Tank Review

The Think Tank Review focuses on outputs from the UK, Ireland and Australia. Many focused on Covid-19 and recovery from the crisis, but there has been a wide range of other reports on topics such as devolution, Brexit, the economy and planning.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

The Mood of the Nation 2020: Britain Thinks survey

The mood of the UK is bleak and has deteriorated since last year, according to research company Britain Thinks. Their latest report sets out the results of research from 2020 on how pessimistic or optimistic people in the UK feel about the country, their local area and their personal lives.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Providing essential information for young people in Scotland during the Covid-19 pandemic

As the national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland, Young Scot swiftly refocused their services to aid young people with the information they needed during the pandemic. In this blog, Young Scot discuss how young people have been impacted by Covid-19 and highlight successes in campaigning for and supporting young people.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Helping local authorities to tackle homelessness through data and evidence

Following the success of the pilot, the What Works Community launches officially today; a programme helping local authorities improve their use of evidence and data to achieve results in tackling homelessness. Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, tells us about their work so far – and how your council can…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Co-operation in action: Community supported agriculture in the local context

Food has become a high profile issue recently in England with the debates over food for children in the lockdown. This briefing is part of series on food insecurity and the links between food and sustainability, health and wellbeing in an international context.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Embracing winter – learning from international experience part II

In the sequel to her previous blog on planning for outdoor socialisation in winter, Dr Alina Congreve focuses in on work by Canadian local government – in particular their production of winter design guidelines.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Unmasking a looming litter emergency

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s latest research on littering not only spells out the horrifying facts, but recommends a bold, revised approach to safeguarding and improving the beauty and cleanliness of Scotland’s local environments. Barry Fisher,  CEO, tells us more about the issue – and their eight-point cross-sector agenda for change.

Scotland Blog Post Blog