Briefings


ONS place-based statistics: implications for local authorities

September 1, 2018

An overview of recent ONS statistical releases on population, housing, labour market, household income, electoral registration, and internet users - together with a discussion on how to ensure LAs are keeping abreast of statistics and using them in their place-shaping and community leadership roles.


Finding Tourism Taxing?

August 30, 2018

There are many arguments for and against introducing a transient visitor levy as a way of generating revenue for local authorities. This briefing will help you understand different dimensions to the discussion.



Greenways to prosperity and rural renewal

August 25, 2018

Greenways in Ireland are playing an increasing and vital role in the regeneration of rural areas as well as contributing to better health and well-being. This briefing examines the proposals set out in the Irish strategic plan for greenways published in July.



Rolling Out Universal Credit: NAO Report

August 21, 2018

This briefing deals with the NAO’s June 2018 report on the roll out of Universal Credit. It will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority concerned with in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.


Social Impact Bonds

August 18, 2018

Social Impact Bonds (Sibs) are being used for some local authority commissioning. This briefing describes the three main types of Sib, and considers how they can be evaluated.


High street betting shops: reducing the risks

August 16, 2018

Reducing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals, found in betting shops on every high street, from £100 to £2 is a satisfying outcome to the review of the Gambling Act. The clustering of betting shops in the high street remains a problem.


Progress on City Region Deals: Update

August 14, 2018

City Region Deals are agreements in place between Scottish Government, UK Government and local government. This briefing acts as an update on our previous briefings on city deals.