The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
The RTPI have published a report showing how good planning can deliver sustainable economic growth. The findings run counter to the view that planning is an impediment to development. Meanwhile, the new ministerial team for planning appears to be adopting a more constructive approach to working with local planning authorities.
The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.
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 government has recently published a consultation on its draft cycling and walking investment strategy which sets out its ambition and objectives for cycling and walking, the financial resources available to meet those objectives, how the objectives will be delivered and the governance arrangements.
NHS England has announced the Healthy New Towns proposals it will support as part of its drive to tackle unhealthy environments. Other recent guides highlight local authority efforts to tackle obesity through their planning processes, within a context of a whole system approach that helps to reinforce local plan policy.
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.
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.
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
A recent ResPublica paper suggests that communities need a legal right to beauty. Janet Sillett finds much to ponder in the idea.