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David Cameron at Conservative party conference

The first 100 days: impact on local government

August 19, 2015

The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?


Stormy clouds, sky, sun

The Airports Commission’s final report

August 5, 2015

The Airports Commission has published its final report into airport expansion., recommending a new full-length runway at Heathrow. This briefing provides an overview of the report and also looks at some of the reactions to it from politicians, business leaders and environmental campaigners


Floods, flooding

Mapping climate disadvantage in England

August 4, 2015

A new online mapping tool published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation enables users in local authorities to explore "climate change disadvantage" at a neighbourhood scale across England. It brings together climate risk and social vulnerability spatially and is a unique tool for local authorities and their partners.


Energy, pylon

City Energy: A new powerhouse for Britain

October 7, 2014

This report by the IPPR encourages cities to engage in the energy supply market directly- by stimulating local distributed energy generation, and to invest in low-carbon infrastructure through, especially, their pension funds. It argues that the current energy market model is failing and local authorities can create new revenue streams…


single balloon in sky, air quality

Climate Change 2014 : Mitigation

June 3, 2014

* This briefing is the second of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises its latest report which assesses the most up-to-date scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social evidence, from across the world, on the mitigation of climate change. * The findings…


Air, wind, environment, climate

Climate Change 2014 : Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

May 27, 2014

* This briefing is the first of two looking at the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. * It summarises two recent reports which assess the most up-to-date scientific and socio-economic evidence, from across the world, on climate change and its impacts. *The reports confirm the IPCC’s previous…


Air, wind, environment, climate

Climate Change and Social Justice: A Review

May 14, 2014

* The review is part of a series by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (written by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) ) which aims to analyse the social justice implications of climate change in the UK. Using a rapid research assessment method to analyse literature, it also makes recommendations related…


The first Community Energy Strategy: opportunities for local authorities

February 13, 2014

* The Community Energy (CE) strategy provides a framework for support to increase the role of community groups in the distribution, production and saving of energy; with the aim of contributing to national carbon reduction targets, energy efficiency, local resilience, reductions in fuel poverty and localism. * It has been…


Draft Deregulation Bill – what next?

July 26, 2013

The Draft Deregulation Bill is intended to “free thousands of businesses from red tape and make life easier for individuals and civil society”. It introduces some potentially controversial new measures, in addition to repealing legislation introduced by the Labour government as part of its own localism programme, and tidying up…



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