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National Audit Office Report on Air Quality

December 13, 2017

The NAO’s report on air quality is to support the work of a joint inquiry by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees. Air quality is a cross‑government responsibility, in which local authorities have a crucial role.

Sales of social housing in England 2016-17

December 11, 2017

Right to buy sales are increasing in both councils and housing associations. We summarise the latest figures and discuss them in the context of the shortage of social housing and growing pressure on landlords, particularly councils, to replace as many as possible of the properties they sell.

Housing an ageing population

December 7, 2017

In common with most of the developed world the UK is ageing rapidly. Suitable housing is of critical importance to our health and wellbeing. As leaders of place, councils must take a greater strategic approach to enhance the housing and lifestyle choices for people in later life.


DfE: Secondary education accountability measures

December 6, 2017

Understanding the new secondary education accountability measures is important for local authorities as they work with their schools to improve performance and promote skills training and economic development. This briefing looks at the latest DfE guide to the new secondary education accountability measures and related issues.

Digital innovation in transport and highways

December 5, 2017

The ADEPT report "Digital innovation: the route to the highways system of the future" explores the potential for digital technology to significantly improve transport experience and reduce costs. But interventions will be needed if local authorities are to deliver these improvements quickly and effectively.

Budget November 2017: analysis and comment

November 30, 2017

What were the main themes of the 2017 Budget? This briefing analyses the economic context and key announcements, particularly those relating to housing, planning and growth.

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