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Oireachtas Review: January 2019

Brexit, the costs of the new children’s hospital and the Nurse’s strike dominated Oireachtas proceedings in January. Legislation included the Local Government Rates Bill, Judicial Appointments Bill and No Consent, No Sale Bill.

Ireland Briefing
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All together now: how are we doing with Participation Requests?

Participation Requests came into effect in April 2017, and 31 had been reported by local authorities in Scotland up to the end of December 2018. This briefing assesses the participation requests received to date and considers the learning to emerge from early adopters.

Scotland Briefing

Squeezed and broken

Jonathan Carr-West’s latest column for The Municipal Journal.

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Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

With the recent announcements to advance the plebiscites for executive mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford, LGiU Ireland looks at one of the most interesting dynamics arising from appointment of Metro Mayors in the UK.

Ireland Briefing
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Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.

England & Wales Briefing
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Ofsted: New Education Inspection Framework – consultation

Ofsted is consulting (until 4 April 2019) on a revised framework for inspection early years, schools and further education and skills which Ofsted claims is the ‘most evidence-based, research-informed and tested framework in Ofsted’s 26-year history’.

England & Wales Briefing

Big data or Big Brother: data, democracy and active citizenship

This seminar offers a chance to critically discuss and debate the relationship between Big Data and active citizenship. In an age of austerity, data abundance suggests one approach to improving urban life and generating economic growth. However, active citizens need to think critically and creatively about what kinds of expertise are authorised by the data…

Scotland Event
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Oireachtas Review: December 2018

The latest in our series of Oireachtas reports covers what came before the Oireachtas as the year came to a close. Particularly important is the Local Government Bill. Other issues include Brexit, health costs, and abortion.

Ireland Briefing