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Local government communications: building good relationships with the media

June 28, 2017

Councils may not always appreciate how they are reported by the media. Yet if it wasn’t for journalists, most people would know far less about what councils do and about the importance of local government. We look here at how councils can work effectively with the media promoting positive stories.


Country, regional and local fiscal balances

June 27, 2017

This briefing describes and reflects on the May 2017 publication by ONS of country and regional fiscal balances covering the period 1999-2016. It highlights where there are major fiscal surpluses and large fiscal deficits. The implications of this for local government and devolution are discussed. •


Selective education: latest research

June 26, 2017

The research community has been examining proposals to introduce additional academic selection into secondary education. This CSN briefing provides a follow-up to an October 2016 briefing, and looks at three recent publications.


Investing in cycling and walking: rapid evidence assessment

June 26, 2017

This review commissioned by the DfT and published in April 2017 concludes that the limited evidence available currently on the impact of investing in walking and cycling means it is harder to make the case for future investment and highlights the benefits of combining capital and revenue spending as projects


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Weekly Policy Summary – 23rd June

June 23, 2017

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.


Grenfell Fire: questions for local government

June 22, 2017

It is too early to draw firm conclusions about the horrific Grenfell fire, but local government are starting to consider the wider implications. We look here at the immediate response, at resilience and accountabilities, and whether the fire will result in changes to key areas such as housing policy.


Queen’s Speech 2017

June 21, 2017

Our summary of the 2017 Queen's Speech, including key bills relating to local government and our comment.


Housing: State of the nation – Report of the Public Accounts Committee

June 20, 2017

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published, just before the election, the results of its inquiry into the effects of the continuing overall shortfall in housing supply, looking at housing policies and welfare benefits to establish whether the total money spent on housing was effective in increasing housing supply.


From Co-operative Councils to Co-operative Places – a report

June 19, 2017

Collaborate CIC and the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network (CCIN) published the report “From Co-operative Councils to Co-operative Places”. It reviews five years of “Co-operative Councils” and looks to their future, drawing particular lessons from two councils, Oldham and Sunderland. This briefing summarises and comments on this report.


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Weekly Policy Summary: 16th June

June 16, 2017

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.


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