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Election time 2019: issues for local authorities

March 25, 2019

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period, including the implications of the publicity code and illustrates how councils are able to use it to tackle discriminatory election campaigns provided they act objectively.




Housing and planning round-up March 2019

March 19, 2019

This month’s round-up includes news on housing benefit, the Letwin Review, and social housing rent rises. It also lists ongoing consultations.


The Living Standards Outlook 2019

March 18, 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.


High streets and town centres in 2030

March 14, 2019

2018 was a tough year for retailers, with household names going into administration or announcing major restructuring and store closures. The HCLG committee concludes they are on the brink, yet with the right strategic leadership they can thrive in the future. Local authorities should be at the heart of this.


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Are we failing the health of our adolescents and young people?

March 13, 2019

The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood .finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.


Are modern families waving or drowning?

March 12, 2019

Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.


Standards: recommendations for rigorous change

March 11, 2019

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.