Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?


Reshaping our cities and regions to drive the COVID recovery

This briefing looks at Australia’s cities and regions, and how they function now and into the future, with a specific focus on employment density – and aims to answer the question: ‘is there such a thing as an ‘optimal’ size for a city or region?

Australia Briefing

Queen’s Speech 2021 – key points for local government

Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.

England & Wales Briefing

Unlocking community spending power with the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card

Launched in 2020, the Scotland Loves Local campaign has encouraged people to support their local town centres out of loyalty and community solidarity. Phil Prentice, Chief Officer at Scotland’s Towns Partnership, tells us about the latest initiative: a government-funded ‘Scotland Loves Local’ gift card.

Scotland Blog Post Blog

Super Thursday 6 May: issues, campaigns and comment

The set of elections on 6 May are complicated, extensive and fascinating. What are the main themes in the campaigns? What will the results tell us about the state of devolution and local government in 2021?

England & Wales Briefing

A Scotland for the future: Scotland’s national population strategy

Scottish Government produced its first national population strategy in March 2021, framing and responding to the demographic challenges that Scotland faces. The strategy outlines a programme of work to address these challenges and harness new opportunities.

Scotland Briefing
Members & Followers

One Year On: how have our lives been changed by the pandemic and what’s next?

A year has passed since the start of lockdown restrictions in the UK. This briefing discusses the impact of Covid-19 according to official statistics and a study about how it felt to live through the last year and people’s expectations for the future. Some of the findings may be surprising.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Digital skills gap – Learning and Work Institute survey

‘Disconnected? Exploring the digital skills gap’ was published in March 2012 by World Skills UK and the Learning and Work Institute. It assess the current state of digital skills in the UK and finds growing demand for advanced digital skills from employers but also a skills gap and declining digital skills training in school, further…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Childcare costs and availability 2021 – Coram Family and Childcare

The role of childcare in supporting parents in employment is often overlooked. As much of the provision is in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, with local authority oversight to ensure sufficiency, it has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at the current position using the recent annual update from the…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

How to transform a city: A look to Helsingborg, Sweden

The development of new and smart technologies to improve urban living continues apace. This briefing is on the developments in the City of Helsingborg and in preparations for a City Expo in 2022 to showcase what has been achieved.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Briefing