This briefing looks at how local government in Ireland, within its limited range of functions, can provide the necessary local leadership to support those at the frontline, alongside providing assurance and information to the population on actions being taken to confront the virus and its consequences.
We will be publishing regular finance round-ups over this period – covering developments relating to Covid-19 but also other finance announcements. This is the first round-up.
This opinion piece has been prepared by Dr Marcia Keegan, Associate & Partner at SGS Economics & Planning, regarding coronavirus – which is almost certain to drive Australia into its first recession in more than thirty years.
Social Impact Investing is a model where investments are made with the aim of creating measurable social outcomes, in addition to a financial return. This briefing will be of interest to local government leaders, councillors and staff concerned with supporting communities in their areas experiencing social and economic disadvantage.
This briefing covers progress towards the fiscal targets and economic forecasts that accompanied Budget March 2020 in addition to brief commentary on other announcements, including those for capital and departmental spending, taxes, and welfare, and the Government’s response to the coronavirus crisis.
The commercial determinants of health: how corporate decisions shape local health outcomes, and what councils can do about it
The relationships between companies selling unhealthy products and population health are known as the ‘commercial determinants of health’. We consider here strategies local government can adopt to tackle commercial determinants to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.
Food for Life Scotland – using public sector food services to deliver on health, climate and economic priorities
Soil Association Scotland’s ‘Food for Life Scotland’ programme supports local authorities across in serving sustainable food in schools through an award scheme. This briefing highlights the key learning opportunities, as well as examining more broadly the role of local government in delivering public sector food that complements public health, environmental, and local economic priorities.
The Scottish National Investment Bank Bill passed stage 3 on 21st January 2020, cementing the government’s plans to support financing the economic development of Scotland. This briefing will be of interest to officer and members with finance and infrastructure responsibilities.
This briefing provides an overview of significant developments that may place arising from Government or Parliamentary action across children’s services, education and skills during 2020, covering England only.
A range of action has been taken in recent years to boost housing supply in Ireland. Since 2014, housing output has increased steadily from its post housing crash slump, but at a less steep rate in percentage terms in the past two years. This briefing looks beneath the headline figures to assess the impact of…