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  • James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
  • Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change

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Housing and planning round-up July 2019

July 19, 2019

This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications and right to buy sales. The big issue is housebuilding.

Swift Read: Scotland’s Energy Future

July 18, 2019

In June 2019, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) published its final report into Scotland’s Energy Future. The Inquiry report discusses the advantages and drawbacks of all of the options available to Scotland to meet its energy needs now and into the future.

Social Mobility Commission 2019 annual report and related developments

July 11, 2019

The report ‘lays bare the stark fact that social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work’ focusing on local authorities’ work in early years and schools as well as further education and apprenticeships, higher education and working lives.

South Tyneside Council’s comprehensive approach to combatting modern slavery

July 10, 2019

Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader - have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside's Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.

Local Government’s Latest Challenge: Combatting Climate Change

July 9, 2019

This Briefing looks at how the councils who have recently declared a 'Climate Emergency' can start to consider the next steps that they will take. It focuses on initiatives that have been implemented in Europe; most specifically in Scandinavian countries and France.

Launch of the IFS Inequality Review (the Deaton Review)

July 7, 2019

The Deaton review will investigate the causes and consequences of different forms of inequalities, and the ways that they can be reduced or mitigated; covering not only trends in economic inequalities, but also health inequalities and geographical inequalities, and inequalities by gender and ethnicity.

Work experience and careers education: DfE response to Youth Select Committee

July 4, 2019

The Youth Select Committee report ‘Realising the Potential of Work Experience’ looks at the unequal nature of young people's access to work experience and ensuring that young people are suitably prepared to make informed post-16 choices on T-Levels and apprenticeships. The briefing looks at the Government’s response.

Better Delivery: The challenge for freight

July 3, 2019

The National Infrastructure Commission has reported to government on how to ensure the operation of an efficient, low carbon freight system that manages its impact on congestion. Its final report addresses a range of issues including decarbonising the freight sector and the recognition of freight’s role in the planning system.

Not for Sale

July 2, 2019

There seems to be substantial governmental activity taking place to combat modern slavery, but there has also been criticism of the lack of progress by the Home Office as numbers of potential modern slavery victims are increasing year on year.