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.
This briefing highlights the key relationship between the Scottish Government and councils to successfully deliver accessible housing. It looks at progress made so far and highlights the role of councils in leading the delivery of independent living in partnership with disabled people.
School attendance has dropped dramatically since the pandemic, with children more like to be absent for reasons other than illness. Why has this occurred and what can be done to get pupils back into the classroom? This briefing investigates using attendance data for England.
The monthly Global Local Think Tank review highlights relevant research and policy from leading think tanks around the world. This month: artificial intelligence (AI), economic inactivity after the pandemic, and low wage/precarious work. It also includes reports covering food systems, migration governance and wellbeing policy tools.
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a Position Paper offering a model for an Australian Human Rights Act and associated reforms. This briefing provides an overview of the AHRC’s Position Paper and their proposed model and what implications this holds for local government.
This briefing explains the fundamentals of the EU Child Guarantee, compares the national plans from Ireland and Spain, and suggests some areas of action for local authorities everywhere to address child poverty.
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’.
Ireland’s first outdoor learn to cycle track – an award winning health and wellbeing project in Waterford City and County Council
Next up in our series of articles showcasing the latest local government innovation from the Chambers Ireland 2022 Excellence in Local Government Awards, we hear about Ireland’s first outdoor learn to cycle track from Waterford City and County Council.
This virtual panel hosted by the LGIU and Ipsos will bring together political and local government experts to share their predictions and ones to watch ahead of the 2022 local elections.
LGIU and the Improvement Service are thrilled to gather together senior executives from Ireland, the UK and Australia to explore how councils can support children and families through the cost of living crisis!