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Enhanced devolution and ‘levelling up’ in 2020 and beyond

This briefing considers three themes from the Queens Speech – levelling up, empowering local communities, and a ‘one nation’ Union – in the context of two major long run local authority ambitions – enhanced devolution and local growth.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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How UK Towns are determining their futures

In 2019, Carnegie UK Trust decided to tell the story of a variety of towns, who face challenges like changes in their economic base, an ageing demographic, and funding cuts to local authorities – but are coming up with innovative solutions. In the report Turnaround Towns UK we reflect on nine towns’ stories that illustrate…

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Foreign direct investment in UK towns

EY, the professional services consultancy have collaborated with the Centre for Towns think tank on a report on trends in foreign direction investment in the UK’s towns. Drawing on EY’s annual UK Attractiveness Survey data, the report examines how foreign direct investment (FDI) from 1997 to 2018 has been distributed across the UK.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Cork County Council: A month in the Life

The latest in our series of briefings exploring a month in the life of an Irish council. In our last instalment of 2019 we’re looking at the many achievements and innovations of Cork County Council from the month of November 2019. Cork County Council is the largest local authority in the country in terms of…

Ireland Briefing
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Grouse Moorland in Scotland

This briefing reviews the socio-economic and environmental impacts of driven grouse shooting in Scotland, and outlines the legislative options under consideration. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers with responsibility for rural communities, regulation of hunting and environmental issues.

Scotland Briefing
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Commercial opportunities from addressing climate change in Ireland

In this short paper, we examine an increasing awareness of the positive features of the need to radically address climate change. Drawing upon a growing international awareness, the paper then considers the huge economic potential for Ireland and, highlighting substantive opportunities for the enterprises and communities of the Country.

Ireland Briefing
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Harnessing hope in UK towns: lessons for an international audience

Prospect magazine recently partnered with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) to produce a supplement focused on community-driven regeneration within towns across the UK and further afield, including Oldham in Greater Manchester.

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