Topic: Transport and infrastructure

Affordable, accessible and sustainable transport and infrastructure are crucial to the economy and wellbeing of every community.

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A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to improve the environment

In January 2018, the government released its long-term plan for the environment. The plan is especially relevant at this time given it lays out some of the government’s environmental policy priorities post-brexit. It covers a wide-range of environmental issues including land management, resource efficiency, health and wellbeing, and nature conservation.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Concessionary travel schemes

England, Scotland and Wales have statutory concessionary travel schemes allowing free travel for certain groups of people. This briefing summarises the key evidence and findings from the DfT evaluation and looks at the changes that have been proposed in Scotland and Wales.

Scotland Briefing
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Concessionary travel schemes

What are the economic and wellbeing benefits of the national concessionary travel scheme and what are the issues over its costs and usage? An evaluation provides key evidence and findings.

England & Wales Briefing
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China’s ban on ‘foreign garbage’, and what it means

The new Chinese restrictions on imports of waste for recycling have led to fears that recycling rates will fall. This briefing explains the ban and its context, then looks at how the government and the recycling industry have responded as well as considering possible solutions to the loss of the Chinese market.

Scotland Briefing
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National Development Plan 2018 – 2027: Implications for regional development

Summary This briefing presents an overview of projected capital expenditure over the next decade on major infrastructural projects which will underpin the National Planning Framework, with particular reference to the five major cities. Briefing in full On 16 February 2018, the Government launched Project Ireland 2040 comprising the National Development Plan 2018-2027 (NDP) and the…

Ireland Briefing
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The future of dockless bike sharing

This briefing looks at the rise of dockless bike sharing schemes, which have spread from China to Europe and proposals to develop them in Ireland are now being put forward by a variety of proponents.

Ireland Briefing
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Housing and planning round-up February 2018

Our new monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is the private rented sector.

England & Wales Briefing
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Time for Towns: Closing the Policy Gap

This briefing explores UK research on how towns should be supported to work together and to develop and focus on, a positive narrative telling the story of their place, and a vision shared by all residents for their future.

Ireland Briefing
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Dockless bike sharing

Dockless bike sharing schemes have been spreading from China to the UK. Convenient for users, they can cause problems for local authorities. The issues are examined in this briefing.

England & Wales Briefing