Economy and regeneration

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From apocalypse to reinvention: prospects for high streets and town centres after Covid-19

Our high streets have suffered during the pandemic but predictions of an apocalypse appear overblown. Recovery prospects depend on whether behavioural changes prompted by the pandemic become permanent. There may be opportunities for some places. This briefing examines evidence and examples of initiatives to revitalise and reimagine the high street.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Skills and Post-16 Education Bill

This briefing is on the Skills and Post-16 Education Bill introduced to Parliament in the House of Lords on 18 May 2021. The Bill provides the necessary primary legislation to support the White Paper Skills for jobs: lifelong learning for opportunity and growth published on 21 January 2021. The briefing includes a summary of the…

England & Wales Briefing
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Looking at Ireland’s new policy framework – a world first?

On 29 March 2021, the Irish Government launched an ambitious and wide-ranging rural development policy. This briefing paper provides an overview of the policy’s main features and provisions, and it notes the influence, throughout, of a more optimistic paradigm.

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing
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Audit of local government – how are councils performing?

The New South Wales Auditor-General’s Report on Local Government 2020 provides the result of the annual financial audit of the sector. LGiU Australia provides a summary of this key report not only for NSW councils, but also to allow councils in other states to consider similar issues.

Australia Briefing
Members

Levelling up – what does it really mean?

What exactly does levelling up mean? And what are the key questions surrounding it? We look here at definitions, how it is being funded, and what commentators say it should include to be effective.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
Members

Ireland’s Economic Recovery Plan 2021

Jobs and more jobs underpins the National Economic Plan 2021, through solid public finances, resilient business and ‘smarter’ and greener regional development. What does this mean for local government in Ireland?

Ireland Briefing
Members

Swift Read: Cultural services and building back better

While cultural organisations continue to face significant challenges, the sector is resetting and looking ahead to ways they can support the post-pandemic recovery: this swift read spotlights a variety of relevant examples.

England & Wales Briefing
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Involving Communities To Help Facilitate Pandemic Recovery

Councils are finding imaginative ways of working with communities to make better use of local skills and assets to promote employment and re-invigorated neighbourhoods during recovery. This briefing includes background, case studies and links to further support to help councils support employment and better places to live post-Covid.

Scotland Briefing