Four local authorities have just published the final report on Scottish Government funded feasibility study looking at a basic income experiment. This briefing also considers international examples of similar income support approaches in response to the pandemic.
The Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown are impacting on people’s mental health. Mental health services are expecting a surge in demand into the next year and beyond. However, this cannot just be left to the health service, local councils need to be at the heart of a community recovery.
This briefing examines the potential impact of a shift to online retail and working from home on activity centres, with a focus on land use planning implications. It is the second in two part series, the first of which looked at the impact of the Covid-19 shutdown on vulnerable workers in Australia.
The Opportunity Areas programme is sponsored by the UK Department for Education (DfE) for England. The programme aims to help more children and young people to achieve their full potential through targeted funding in 12 areas which are among those which face the greatest challenges to social mobility in England. The funded is targeted at…
Recent press reports have suggested that the UK government is planning a major overhaul of the planning system as part of its national economic recovery planning. We consider this here and look at essays on reforms to planning that may influence their ideas.
Kim Fellows outlines Scotland’s second phase of exiting lockdown following the First Minister’s announcements last week. This blog has been updated to reflect recent announcements.
FE colleges were anticipating change not least because of the increasing number of colleges in intervention and the anticipated follow up to the Augar Report to name just two potential drivers of change in the system. But Covid-19 has created an entirely new operating environment and the sector’s existing priorities have been reordered and new…
The Covid-19 pandemic is expected to impact on the workforce hard. Evidence from previous economic crises indicates that young people are likely to be affected more than most groups in the workforce. This briefing looks at what has happened in previous recessions and what can be done now.
That different black, asian and minority ethnic groups are being hit very hard by Covid-19 started to become apparent early on in the UK’s experience of the pandemic. With the publication of the second Public Health England report we finally have the first set of specific recommendations relating to those communities and Covid-19.
Janet Sillett, Head of Briefings LGIU, writes on the critical role of local government in managing the response to Covid-19 as lockdown measures are relaxed further, and asks whether councils have been given the powers and finance to fulfil that role effectively.