West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

June 14, 2019

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.

Adaptation actions in cities: what works?

June 12, 2019

Climate change adaptation is an issue of increasing urgency. AECOM’s report for Defra compiled and analysed case studies in five cities to answer how we can evaluate the impact on climate risk of adaptation actions and what characteristics of successful actions or projects may be transferable to other projects.

Swift Read: An Island Odyssey – Consulting on the National Islands Plan

June 6, 2019

A hefty consultation process is currently underway as part of the National Islands Plan, under the terms of the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018. This Swift Read discusses the consultation and whether it differs from previous attempts at engagement, and what effect it will have in practice.

Monitoring and Evaluation of local climate change adaptation

June 5, 2019

Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.

Swift Read: communicating difficult decisions

June 4, 2019

This briefing looks at what can be done to better convey difficult messages regarding budgets and service changes. It will be of interest to councillors and officers involved in budget setting, finance, community engagement and communications.

Towards new ‘civic universities’

May 30, 2019

The briefing reviews the Civic University Commission report seeking to encourage a new generation of more genuinely 'civic universities'. What this means for local authorities, their places and communities is explored and developed.