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Manchester, city, growth, devolution, night, economy

Queen’s Speech 2016 – devolution and local growth

June 13, 2016

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.


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.

Family, cycling, commute, active travel, transport, bicycle

Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

April 28, 2016

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.

Regeneration, high street, Wolverhampton, shopping, retail

Update on public health and planning: Spring 2016

April 20, 2016

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.


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?

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