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Think tank review February 2021

As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Unleashing the talent of young people – the Learning and Work Institute

‘Unleashing talent: Levelling up opportunity for young people’ is the sixth report of the Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission. The report sets out a blueprint for change in England and makes recommendations for: sustained long-term investment on education, reductions in youth unemployment, a greater role for local government, a reform to the benefits system…

England & Wales Briefing
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Beauty in the eye of the post-holder? Planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework

National planning rules will soon include the word ‘beauty’ for the first time since the creation of the modern planning system in 1947. The consultation also includes other proposed changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, including new restrictions on local authority powers to withdraw permitted development rights.  

England & Wales Briefing

Stopping Doing Harm to our Town Centres

Leigh Sparks, Professor of Retail Studies at the Institute for Retail Studies, University of Stirling, tells us about the Town Centre Action Plan Report and its recommendations for reinventing town centres.

Scotland Blog Post Blog
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Swift Read: Recovery – if not now, when?

A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.

Scotland Briefing
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Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland Briefing
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Healthy economy, healthy people, healthy planet: achieving a net zero UK

This briefing looks at the UKEAG report on Sustainable Health Equity, a timely and much-welcomed piece of work. It builds an extremely strong case for embedding concerns for public health and wellbeing at the centre of climate change decision-making

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Supply chains, land use planning and the circular economy

This briefing, part of a series looking at the concept of a circular economy, explores the importance of understanding supply chains in order to effectively integrate circular economy goals with land use planning and economic development.

Australia Briefing
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Urban wetlands for liveability, biodiversity and fighting climate change

This briefing looks at how the provision of green infrastructure, including urban waterways and wetlands, can both stimulate the economy through ‘building back greener’ at the same time as helping to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss.

Australia Briefing