Overview of the likely devolution and local growth landscapes in early 2017, reflecting on the Autumn Statement 2016 and its aftermath
This briefing summarises a Resolution Foundation report published earlier this year on living standards and housing costs. It concludes that housing costs have reduced income growth to close to zero (possibly below) for more than half the population over time.
Severe flooding in 2015 prompted the government to review its flooding strategy. This briefing considers this review and also the report from the Environmental Audit Committee on flooding co-operation across government - with strong relevance for local authorities. The review did not cover governance.
Will the May government mean policy changes on housing or just a change in the rhetoric? This briefing looks at the evidence so far, and at the recent report from the CLG select committee on homelessness.
The Independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its annual progress report for 2016. This briefing will outline findings from the report and is relevant for those in local authorities who wish to stay up to date with the latest progress in climate change policy implementation.
This Joseph Rowntree Foundation report brings together much of their poverty research and policy development over the past four years. There are a large number of recommendations for poverty alleviation, spanning across housing, the costs of essentials, labour markets and wages, education and skills, family support and elderly care.
How has local delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant progressed and how can it be improved? A recent report Our Community - Our Covenant and a House of Commons Library briefing paper, Support for UK Veterans, look at funding, good practice and recommendations for improvement.
The poorest areas in cities do not always benefit from periods of growth in the wider region and can remain disconnected from local prosperity. JRF recommends placing a greater premium on inclusive growth and suggests that a ‘social deal’ should be incorporated into city-regional economic growth strategies across the UK.
The Housing and Planning Act has been highly contentious. This briefing summarises and comments on the key provisions – such as permission in principle, the right to buy for housing association tenants, ‘pay to stay’ and the sale of empty high value council housing.
The Housing and Planning Bill, as amended by the Commons, has completed its Commons Committee stage and has proceeded to the House of Lords. The Bill has been hotly debated. This briefing provides an update and comments on its key provisions.