Analysis

The Brownfield Land Release Fund

21/10/2021

To what extent does this early initiative of the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities deliver on the ‘levelling up’ agenda? Lawrence Turner reports.

Personal Independence Payment for people with mental health problems: Implications for local government

18/10/2021

Richard Machin outlines the findings of a new paper exploring the impact of welfare reform on local government services.

What do we want to see from the Levelling Up White Paper?

15/10/2021

Zo Hoida discusses recent claims from the National Infrastructure Commission that the government’s ‘levelling up’ plan will fail.

How the 15-minute concept is key to tackling the climate crisis

14/10/2021

The concept of a 15-minute city, where everything you need is just a quarter of an hour away, could now be evolving into the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’. Dr Jose Hernandez? explains why.

Lessons from Kerslake can help councils avoid surge in homelessness

13/10/2021

John Glenton calls on the Government to reinstate the £1.6bn ring-fenced budget for housing-related support

Are we missing a trick? How Brownfield can unlock levelling up

06/10/2021

Matthew Farrow outlines a series of proposals to encourage brownfield development

Planning for a carbon zero fleet

04/10/2021

Tammy Carter explains how small changes to local government’s transport and travel strategy can help us reach carbon net zero.

From the millennium bug to online only: How planning systems have changed in 20 years

28/09/2021

Tim Bartlett reflects on his first days in the job implementing a new planning system, and how that very same planning system has continuously improved, updated and adapted over the last 20 years.

Why a new law discriminates against over-16s in care

22/09/2021

Malcolm Johnson warns that a new law governing decisions about children in care in England could put vulnerable 16 and 17 year-olds at risk.

Sutton Council's IoT pilot project

14/09/2021

David Grasty, head of digital strategy & portfolio for Kingston and Sutton Councils, outlines how in-home sensors have improved the safety of vulnerable residents living in social housing.

Keeping the safety net

09/09/2021

Local authority leadership is invaluable to Transitional Safeguarding and councils are ideally placed to enable complexity-attuned commissioning, says Dez Holmes.

Meeting new planning requirements for trees

07/09/2021

Concrete block permeable paving offers an important opportunity to help satisfy the requirement for extensive tree planting and retention of existing trees in developments. Chris Hodson reports.

National and local governments must do more to support locals to save their pubs

01/09/2021

Vidhya Alakeson explains what action local councils can take to help support community-owned pubs.

The local government workforce: equal by default

26/08/2021

The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.

How can open data compliment community development?

24/08/2021

Nathan Coyle outlines the mechanisms and tools to help councils to take citizen engagement on the issue seriously

Sharing the tech journey

19/08/2021

South London councils are collaborating to test ways technology can bring benefits to residents. Cllr Sunita Gordon and Cllr Stephanie Archer explain.

What you want versus what you need: a guide to service design for councils

16/08/2021

Coca Rivas, director of design at dxw, provides a guide to service design for councils.

Building wealth from within

12/08/2021

Tom Lloyd Goodwin, associate director – policy at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), looks at the history of community wealth-building.

The importance of clear guidance when placing vulnerable children

11/08/2021

Local authorities need clear guidance and an adjudicator for the placement of vulnerable children in care, says Lucy Harris of Forbes Solicitors.

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.

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