More than 85,000 fines have been issued under lockdown rules in England alone, but is the system of fixed penalty notices fair or are some people wrongly fined by the police and local authorities? A swift read based on a report by a parliamentary committee looks at the situation.
This briefing looks at how councils are working to acknowledge, support, and engage the diverse groups that make up their workforces and communities.
It is well known that Covid-19 has affected individuals and groups very differently. Two reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation examine what has happened to low income families and insecure workers.
In May 2019, the Institute for Fiscal Studies launched the IFS Deaton Review on Inequality. This briefing covers an early report produced as a result of its evidence-gathering, Unequal Britain, is based on a survey of 2,226 adults in Britain which gathered data on attitudes towards, and perceptions of, inequality.
Covid-19 has brought people together but also exposed divisions in society. The UK is at a crossroads: it could become more divided between ‘them’ and ‘us’ or instead become kinder, more connected and fair. Talk/together calls for a decade of reconnection and identifies the necessary policy foundations and facilitators.
Zoning access: a reflection on the relationship between accessibility and land use management in South Africa
This briefing explores zoning access through a South Africa case study reflecting on the relationship between accessibility and land use management in the country.
Improvements to Scotland’s housing over the next 20 years should mean more social housing as well as warmer and greener homes for renters and homeowners. ‘Housing to 2040’, published by Scottish Government, also promises better quality housing across all tenures, with existing homes brought up to the same standard as new properties and improved accessibility…
How has South Africa responded to a worsening homelessness situation due to Covid-19? We look at how the country’s national disaster regulations were implemented, and how the problems that arose exposed the lack of clear policy and defined responsibilities and issues around capability, capacity and limited state resources.
This is the second of a new series of updates on UK parliamentary legislation of interest to local government. It looks back over the previous month, updating the progress of each piece of legislation and includes a summary of developments, including the debates.