Policy Briefings


Past, present and future – heritage and a sense of place

August 22, 2017

In local government we often discuss the role of heritage in encouraging tourism and bolstering the local economy, but we less frequently consider its role in helping to shape a place and to strengthen the sense of place of its residents. This is what this briefing attempts to do.



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Weekly Policy Summary – 18th August 2017

August 18, 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.


The state of adult social care services 2014 – 2017

August 17, 2017

The CQC report shows that most of adult care services are good. However, quality across England is variable with only two per cent of services being rated as outstanding, much lower than CQC anticipated. Two per cent of services are currently rated as inadequate and 19 per cent require improvement.



Goldmine or Catastrophe? Impacts of new forms of tourist accommodation

August 15, 2017

This is the first of a series of briefings discussing the consequences of tourism on the economic and social development of cities (both positive and negative) since the year 2017 has been declared by the United Nations the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.


University of Oxford and Trussell Trust Report on Foodbanks

August 14, 2017

This report, co-funded by the ESRC and the Trussell Trust, is is based on a large-scale survey of food bank users. It profiles food bank users and the nature of food insecurity, and describes what drives people to resort to using food banks.


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Weekly Policy Summary – 11th August 2017

August 11, 2017

LGiU News We’re refreshing the name, design and content of this weekly email. Do you have suggestions for a new name? Let us know – and if your name wins, we’ll send you a famous LGiU mug. Three weeks left to nominate a councillor for this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards – don’t delay! Closing date 1st…


Lessons from social media and local government engagement in Canada and the UK

August 9, 2017

What role does social media play in local government service provision and community engagement? This briefing explores this question and gives examples of how councils in the UK and in Canada have used social media as a means of delivering their message, and engaging more actively with service users.


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