Topic: Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?

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Town Centre First – Lessons from Scotland

Ireland has commenced a process of re-orientation of the planning policy framework. In doing so it is replicating policy efforts in Scotland. This briefing provides an overview of the policy and its subsequent review and looks to possible lessons from Scotland for local and national Irish policy-makers.

Ireland Briefing

Primer: Climate Change & Biodiversity

This primer introduces you to the role of local authorities in tackling the climate emergency and highlights three key areas of climate action. It is part of a series of primers, covering key local authority topics, which are aimed particularly at new councillors to help them settle into the role.

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Trying to make sense of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

This briefing outlines around 20 UK Shared Prosperity Fund papers published on 13 April 2022. It also briefly considers Levelling Up Fund Round Two application guidance and a technical note published on the same day for this related £4.8bn fund.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Queen’s Speech 2022 – key points for local government

For the first time, Prince Charles delivered the Queen’s Speech to open the new Parliamentary session, in the Queen’s absence. Key focuses for local government included levelling up, planning system reforms, the new Schools Bill, and transport and infrastructure investment.

England & Wales Briefing
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IFS-Deaton Inequality Review: Labour market inequality

This briefing deals with a paper published as part of the IFS-Deaton Inequality Review focused on labour market inequality. The paper considers technological changes and skills demand, labour market institutions and contract regulation.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The Living Standards Outlook 2022 – Resolution Foundation

Two years after the first Covid-19 lockdown, the UK economy has recovered well but living standards are set to fall by 4% in 2022-23, according to new research from the Resolution Foundation. Low and middle-income households face the sharpest falls in their living standards for 50 years.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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The 2022 Spring Statement: Economic and fiscal analysis and the cost of living crisis

This briefing focuses on the Office for Budgetary Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which accompanied the Spring Statement on 23 March, together with the OBR’s assessment of the Chancellor’s fiscal plans, including a summary of the measures announced in the statement and an assessment of the cost of living crisis.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing