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Grenfell Fire: questions for local government

It is too early to draw firm conclusions about the horrific Grenfell fire, but local government are starting to consider the wider implications. We look here at the immediate response, at resilience and accountabilities, and whether the fire will result in changes to key areas such as housing policy.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Experiments in Universal Basic Income

In its purest form, Universal Basic Income (UBI) is a universal and unconditional cash transfer from the state to its citizens. Its advocates see it as a solution to long-standing problems of social security. This briefing reports on UBI experiments underway in Finland and Ontario.

England & Wales Briefing
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Work and Pensions Committee report: Self-employment and the gig economy

The Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into self-employment and the ‘gig economy’ examined whether our welfare system adequately supports the self-employed and ‘gig economy’ workers. Its recommendations include reforming employment rights and benefits and tax arrangements for the self-employed. These issues are likely to remain important for the foreseeable future.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Councils and cyber security

A recent ransomware attack had major consequences for the NHS. Local authorities must take it as a wake-up call, writes Lauren Lucas.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Redefining Neighbourhoods – an APSE/NPI report

What is the scale of spending reductions to ‘neighbourhood’ services such as environmental protection and planning? The APSE report analyses spending and how this has varied, considering it within the context of wider trends in funding. We summarise and comment on the report in this briefing.

England & Wales Briefing
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IR35: Implications for Local Authorities

This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities. It describes the Government’s rationale for the changes, and some of the issues/objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations/Interest groups.

Scotland Briefing
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General Election 2017: Labour manifesto For the Many Not the Few

This briefing is one of a series on the general election. It provides a summary of key proposals in Labour’s manifesto. We will also be publishing briefings on the manifestos of the Conservative Party and on the smaller parties, followed by some analysis of the localism proposals across the parties.

England & Wales Briefing
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Disability employment gap: Work and Pensions select committee findings

The Work and Pensions Committee’s report into the government’s commitment to halve the "disability employment gap" assesses the scale of the challenge and the likely effectiveness of employment support and benefit policies. The major challenge of reducing the gap will be crucial for whatever government is elected on 8 June.

England & Wales Briefing