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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.

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.

E book, transport, tube

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

Knowsley communal garden (image only)

Beautiful by design

September 1, 2015 by LGiU

A recent ResPublica paper suggests that communities need a legal right to beauty. Janet Sillett finds much to ponder in the idea.


The first 100 days – commitments, progress and tensions

August 19, 2015 by Janet Sillett

Can any modern UK government live up to Franklin D Roosevelt’s first 100 days in 1933 where the legislation was passed to create the New Deal (and where apparently the concept of the first 100 days was born)? It’s highly unlikely, but nevertheless politicos and the media like to judge how…

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?


Will devolution get more homes built?

June 22, 2015 by LGiU

Housing and planning, and more broadly, new approaches to mediation between conflicting interests, must be an area in which cities contemplating devolution seriously push the envelope, says Majeed Neky.

radar dish

Abstract synapses, body, health, mind

Crane construction sky

Infrastructure Act 2015

April 9, 2015

This briefing provides for an overview and selective report of the Infrastructure Act 2015 which received Royal Assent on 12 February 2015. The changes introduced by this Act, most of which will come into force at a later date, are intended to make the delivery of a range of infrastructure…

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