This briefing explores how councils should be willing able to demonstrate to the ratepayers who fund the their work and those who use their services, that they contribute positively to their areas by providing efficient and effective services that have a sound economic footing.
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.
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.
Analysing the decline of the high street in the UK: Death of the British Saturday – or an opportunity?
This briefing discusses issues that have caused the changes that can be seen in high streets across the country and how we can regenerate British high streets - using case studies from across the UK.
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.
How father-friendly are your services? The evolution of inclusive practice in Scotland following the ‘Understanding Dad’ programme in Fife
Chris Meizitis returns to Fife to see if the training and statement of intent by Fife’s Executive Committee in 2016 to make their services more father-friendly has made any lasting difference.
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 (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.
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.
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.