Topic: Economy and regeneration

How can local government support thriving and prosperous communities?

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Ports and local authorities: understanding the complexity of new and enduring agendas

This briefing looks at the UK’s port sector and the major pressures it faces to adapt to environmental challenges. Overall, ports are key players in their cities and communities as they often play a part in defining the area’s identity and culture.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing With case study
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England policy round-up: April and May 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at the most relevant and recent announcements and publications during spring – an eventful period which saw local elections in much of England and the Coronation. Government announcements included a Great British insulation scheme and the ‘Pioneer’ programme as the alternative to the EU’s Horizon science/innovation programme.

England & Wales Briefing
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Federal Budget 2023-24

This news briefing looks at the key 2023-24 budget announcements that relate to local government in Australia. It is the first step in LGIU’s plan to unpack the key grants and funding programs available to local government.

Australia Briefing
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Economic inactivity – who are the UK’s missing workers?

Nearly nine million people in the UK are economically inactive. Attention has focused on the ‘great retirement’ during the pandemic, however, the data reveal a more nuanced picture, with different factors in play across age, gender and geography. High rates of inactivity are bad for individuals and the economy, as this briefing explores.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Government commissioned research on education and children’s services in England

The DfE for England has become a significant investor in research, principally to assess its programmes and policies. This briefing contains a selection of research reports published in 2023 which make for fascinating reading although their impact on policy development needs examining.

England & Wales Briefing
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Das ist interessant! Lessons from Germany on levelling up

Germany is often held up as an example of a successful regional policy. This briefing focuses on reports from Compass and the Fabian Societ which argue that when faced with similar challenges to the UK, Germany’s decentralised government structures and long-term, collaborative approach have been more effective in ‘levelling up’ and reducing regional disparities.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Rebuilding Ireland: Report by the Local Government Audit Service

This is the latest briefing in our series dealing with the Local Government Audit Service ‘value for money’ unit reports. This briefing focuses on the report, ‘Overview of Rebuilding Ireland Home Loans issued Authorities’ and highlights the most important aspects for local government.

Ireland Briefing
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Budget 2023 – devolution and local economic development issues

How will the 2023 Budget drive forward devolution and local economic development? This briefing provides the major answers of substance – Investment Zones, Trailblazer devolution deals and a breadth of other policies and programmes. Read on to get a sense of what it all means for your area and communities.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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England policy round-up: February and March 2023

This policy round-up for England looks at policy announcements and publications from February and March 2023, a period which began with a reshuffle and saw some important announcements, including the budget, a white paper on health and disability (aimed at supporting people into work) and ‘powering up Britain’.

England & Wales Briefing