China’s ban on ‘foreign garbage’, and what it means

March 8, 2018

The new Chinese restrictions on imports of waste for recycling have led to fears that recycling rates will fall. This briefing explains the ban and its context, then looks at how the government and the recycling industry have responded as well as considering possible solutions to the loss of the…

Top Secret: handling confidential and sensitive information

March 6, 2018

This briefing gives an overview of the types of confidential or personal information, why councillors may have access to it, and how it should be handled, covering interaction with the media and some of the legislative requirements for handling data.

The What Works Network – five years on

March 2, 2018

Summary The What Works Network was launched in 2013 to embed robust evidence at the heart of policy-making and service delivery in the public sector. The Network consists of ten independent What Works Centres. These Centres have pioneered new ways of increasing the supply of evidence in areas such as…

Swift Read: The Islands (Scotland) Bill – all aboard for Stage 2

March 1, 2018

Thursday 8 February 2018 was an historic day for Scotland’s islands, as the Islands (Scotland) Bill sailed through its Stage 1 debate in the Scottish Parliament. MSPs from all parties spoke in its favour and Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands and champion of the Bill, noted…

Brexit and its impact on charities

February 26, 2018

The charity sector is becoming increasingly worried about the impact of Brexit. This LGIU briefing details how charities are likely to be impacted by Brexit and the response to date from both central and local government.

Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

February 23, 2018

Summary Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. This report by the Centre for Future Studies Innovation Centre, at Kent University, sponsored by Anchor, argues that it is the older generations…