Analysis

Democracy under threat: Elections Bill’s risk to people with additional needs

03/08/2021

Dr Mark Brookes discusses why measures to introduce voter ID could affect voter participation for those with learning disabilities.

Long COVID - lessons for local government employers

30/07/2021

Sarah Gilzean explains why local government must set the standard for dealing with Long COVID in the workplace.

Unravelling the knot of education, health and care plans

29/07/2021

Leo Jones lays out the deeper challenges that need to be recognised and addressed if the SEND review is going to tackle the complex problems behind rising numbers of education, health and care plans.

Addressing the social and affordable housing crisis

28/07/2021

The alarming rise in homelessness demands an immediate shift in how we approach the delivery of social and affordable housing in the UK, argues Guy Horne.

Why ditching the checklist has helped us tackle homelessness in Plymouth

27/07/2021

Gary Wallace explains how Plymouth City Council has adopted a new way of managing public services: Human Learning Systems.

Decarbonising your housing stock with heat pumps

23/07/2021

William Eichler reports from the recent Green Housing Forum webinar, looking at the funding available to local authorities to deliver low carbon homes.

Six ‘must haves’ for Boris’ levelling up vision

21/07/2021

Nigel Wilcock offers six important points to add to the levelling up debate.

Construction Playbook: A roadmap to a better way

19/07/2021

Mark Robinson reviews the impact of the government’s Construction Playbook, after its first six months since publication.

Have social services been negligent?

14/07/2021

Saara Idelbi and Conor Monighan consider the liability of local authorities in negligence where it is argued that social services should have intervened more quickly to remove children from their family homes.

Trees: The critical role of local authorities to protect and expand the urban forest

09/07/2021

Sue James explains how local authorities can ensure trees on both public and private land are protected and that urban canopy cover is increased where needed.

Securing government funding: A guide for local authorities

02/07/2021

Nick Huston outlines the five steps local authorities can take to ensure they stand the best chance of securing financial support for delivering warm and sustainable homes.

Tech-based approach to tackling homelessness could save billions

30/06/2021

Seb Barker explains how local government can use crowdfunding to tackle a wide range of social problems.

Housing and planning take centre stage at GeoPlace’s annual conference

28/06/2021

Over 879 people registered to attend this year’s GeoPlace’s 2021 conference, taking advantage of an online format that enabled delegates to interact with speakers presenting on this year’s theme, ‘Places for People’.

We need to put fun back into urban design – and councils are key

25/06/2021

Martin Bransby explores how to create better spaces that are geared towards improving both physical and mental wellbeing.

How to make life good for children in care and care leavers

21/06/2021

Dr. Claire Baker and Linda Briheim-Crookall examine how sharing local authority best practice can boost the well-being of children in care.

Sharpening the commercial edge

17/06/2021

The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.

Local authorities competing for clean air

17/06/2021

Gavin Bailey argues the current Clean Air Zone mechanism is asking local authorities to fix a problem they simply cannot fix.

LEPs: A year like no other

15/06/2021

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, on the 2020-2021 annual review and his hopes for the future of the LEP.

Navigating local government reorganisation - smoothing service integration

09/06/2021

Steve White looks at how councils can best navigate the complex issues around local government reorganisation and IT.

Unpicking the pilots

04/06/2021

The Government’s quick reversal of its stay local guidance in new variant surge areas has led to calls for clear messaging from the centre, says Paul Marinko.

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