Topic: Covid-19

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The arts: Covid-19 survival and recovery

The UK government’s funding package for the arts was widely welcomed. As well as support for a sector threatened by Covid-19, how can it enable the arts and heritage to play a wider civic role in driving social and economic recovery in communities, town centres and high streets?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Local government financial governance in the light of Covid-19: briefing update

What are the overall legal and best practice requirements for local government finance and budgeting, and their potential application in light of Covid-19? This briefing has been updated in the light of the new funding package for councils announced on the 2 July 2020.  

England & Wales Briefing

‘Plan for Jobs’: Implications for a Sustainable Recovery

Connor Smith, LGIU Associate, goes over the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ announced on Wednesday 8 July, highlighting the key green elements of the announcement and discussing the implications for working towards a sustainable recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Testing times: update on school examinations in England in 2020 and 2021

Issues in relation to proposals for awards and examinations in 2020 and 2021 are discussed, including their impact on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, the likelihood of grade inflation in 2020, equalities impacts and their effect on the publication of performance tables and the school accountability regime.

England & Wales Briefing
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The Chancellor’s new menu: the summer economic statement

The scale of the investment in the statement is unprecedented – for unprecedented times. Does it go far enough, are the priorities right and what role does it imply for local government in the recovery?

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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COVID-19 statistics: a route map through complexity

This briefing is intended as a route map through the main sources of information on the Covid-19 epidemic, which provide the data required to assess progress towards the UK government’s tests for easing lockdown.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing

Why public sector supply chains should be at the heart of Scotland’s economic recovery

Covid-19 has highlighted the cracks in our current food supply, but also presents an opportunity for harnessing – and acting on – collective enthusiasm over rebuilding sustainably. Sarah Duley, Head of Food at Soil Association Scotland, encourages local authorities to consider the social, economic and environmental benefit to shortening supply chains and sourcing food locally.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Schools Adjudicator – 2019 annual report and Covid-19 developments

The latest Office of the Schools Adjudicator Annual Report gives an account of the casework activities of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA) and analyses the statutory reports on local authorities’ work during the same period. This briefing examines the findings.

England & Wales Briefing
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Local lockdowns: the story so far and lessons for the future

The new lockdown in Leicester is unlikely to be unique over the coming months. Can what has happened there tell us more about the readiness of central and local government to respond effectively to further local outbreaks of Covid-19?  

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing