In this article, Richard Machin, a Senior Lecturer in social work and health at Nottingham Trent University, argues that not everything about the Covid-19 pandemic was unprecedented. Instead, the situation demonstrated the vital role local authorities play in supporting the local community and we now need to value that even more going forward.
A child or young person’s mental health can have long-term implications. This briefing explores some examples of programmes and initiatives, set up by Scotland’s local authorities, to help children and young people with their mental health.
This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from February and March 2023, a period which began with a reshuffle and saw some important announcements, including the budget, a white paper on health and disability (aimed at supporting people into work) and ‘powering up Britain’.
After two years of Covid-19 and ten years of austerity, public services are in bad shape, according to the latest Performance Tracker from the Institute for Government and CIPFA. This briefing explores the listed ‘common’ problems including Covid backlogs, staff shortages and a legacy of under-investment.
Our monthly Think Tank Review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. This edition includes publications on climate change, skills gaps in the green economy, food insecurity, elections and democratic renewal, local media and digital inclusion.
Check out this year’s holiday gift to all from LGIU! We’ve showcased some of our favourite briefings of 2022 inspired by four jolly themes: health and happiness, connection and community, progress and prosperity, and self-care and balance.
This briefing argues that the upcoming Victorian State Election provides an opportunity to look at what the local government sector is advocating for, and where there are similarities and differences.
This new edition covers policy/research papers from late July-early October 2022 – a tumultuous time economically, politically and constitutionally, with the death of Queen Elizabeth and a shaky start from the incoming prime minister.
This briefing covers the top national priorities of council leaders in a post-Covid-19 environment, as outlined in the recently-published Australian Local Government CEO Index 2022
In August 2022, The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on educational inequalities. This briefing deals with the largest of these, education inequalities.