It was always going to be difficult to remove party politics and populist demands from the pandemic. Initial calls for and early evidence of a mature, non-partisan approach did not last long. In this opinion piece, Profesor James Mitchell explores the political landscape of Covid-19 responses, with emphasis on education.
This briefing outlines the key recommendations recently made by the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery to Scottish Government. These recommendations are detailed in a recent report outlining the steps needed to safeguard a fair and sustainable economic recovery from Covid-19.
The mission title ‘Housing for All’ leads into the section on housing policy in the new Programme for Government. It is highly aspirational, though short on detail and giving little away regarding cost. This briefing provides an initial overview of highlights and the overall direction of policy.
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?
June saw Micheál Martin elected Taoiseach with support from FG, Green and Independent T.D’s, with more cabinet appointments listed in this briefing. In other news, members of Greens, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael overwhelmingly endorsed Programme for Government.
Earlier this year, North Ayrshire Council launched its Community Wealth Building Strategy, becoming the first Council in Scotland to adopt this bold and radical economic approach. Councillor Joe Cullinane, Leader of North Ayrshire Council, tells us how it works and how he hopes it can make a difference to communities.
Despite legislated participatory measures enacted to enable decentralised government, neighbourhood issues are not always addressed. We focus here on the South African experience of community engagement and participation, but many of the concerns are common to other countries, including the UK, Ireland and Australia.
On Sunday 14 June 2020 negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens reached agreement on a Programme for Government. Ciarán Doherty, LGIU Associate, outlines the agreement reached on the Programme for Government.