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Improving delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant

October 5, 2016

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.

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Deprivation and disconnection in UK Cities

September 19, 2016

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.


Housing and Planning Act 2016

May 23, 2016

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.


Housing and Planning Bill update

February 4, 2016

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.

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Local Authority Trading Companies: a Policy in Practice briefing

December 10, 2015

Can councils generate income, reduce costs and maintain a quality service by establishing Local Authority Trading Companies? This briefing looks at case studies, the challenges LATCs face, and issues around governance and business planning. It is the third in a series on commercial activity and income generation in local government.


Funding, housing, houses, building

Housing and Poverty: the role of landlords – JRF research report

October 28, 2015

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation report Housing and Poverty, looking at the links between housing and poverty, was followed by How do landlords address poverty, a review of landlord strategies to examine whether and how landlords address poverty and deprivation.

Monopoly houses, building, housing, homes

The Housing and Planning Bill

October 21, 2015

The Housing and Planning Bill contains no big surprises but it is a significant, and potentially contentious, Bill. This briefing outlines and comments on its key provisions.

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Travel To Work Areas (TTWAs) and local labour market statistics

September 29, 2015

Travel To Work Areas (TTWAs) have been essential components of contextual information for strategic planning and a range of related physical and economic policies and programmes. This briefing looks at lessons and issues arising from the August 2015 ONS publication of TTWAs based on the 2011 census

Monopoly houses, building, housing, homes

Disposal of public land for new homes – NAO Report

August 25, 2015

The National Audit Office’s report “Disposal of public land for new homes” assesses the progress the previous government made in meeting its target to release enough public sector owned land to build 100,000 new homes and in doing so support 25,000 jobs by 2015.

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