Topic: Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?

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Live Q&A Event – Improving community wellbeing: A practical guide for local government

A session exploring community wellbeing beyond GDP, featuring discussions on the SGS Cities and Regions Wellbeing Index, data-driven policy development, and practical applications for local government officials to improve municipal resilience and decision-making.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Event
Members

Explainer: The planning system in 2024

Planning is one of the most important duties of any councillor – the process of making decisions about the future of our communities and meeting the economic and housing needs of local areas while ensuring both the environment and residents are not negatively impacted. Yet many new councillors come into office knowing very little about…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members

Social value and the new Procurement Act – evolution or revolution?

There is growing interest in procurement as a strategic lever to deliver policy objectives such as levelling up and carbon reduction. This briefing explains forthcoming changes for social value arising from the Procurement Act 2023 and provides examples of how councils can include social value in contracts.

England & Wales Briefing With case study
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Electoral administration

This week's Global Local explores the electoral process and the challenges facing electoral staff and funding.

Daily-news
Members

Whatever happened to levelling up?

Spotting progress on levelling up is proving difficult. According to MPs, too little money has been handed to local authorities, and most of what was given out has yet to be spent. This briefing asks whether the government’s flagship programme is making any difference to regional inequality.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members

Parliamentary update: February-March 2024

The purpose of this briefing is to provide a monthly update on the progress of each piece of legislation through the Houses of Parliament that is of relevance to local authorities in England and Wales.

England & Wales Briefing
Members & Global Local

Global Local: Local government finance systems

This week's Global Local explores what funding tells us about a democracy’s values, including the impact of well- and poorly-funded systems and the core lessons we can take away from the research.

Daily-news
Members

England policy round-up: February and March 2024

The England policy round-up overviews key policy announcements and publications for local government. February and March saw some mixed economic news, and the chancellor’s spring budget. This edition features publications on elections and defending democracy, ideas for economic renewal, and the financial constraints and trade-offs facing the next government.

England & Wales Briefing