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.
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'Test, Risk, Change' was a four-year programme to engage a diverse range of 15-25 year olds in art galleries through partnership working with youth organisations. Improved motivation and confidence of participants was an outcome.
Councils are developing new approaches to funding the voluntary sector – to maximise the benefits to the community, and to ensure that grant funding meets the council’s strategic objectives. This briefing highlights how Manchester City Council has developed a new approach to grant funding.
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.
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.
The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a Government-funded part-residential youth programme mainly for 16-17 year olds which seeks to build the skills and confidence of young people. This briefing is on the Government's separate guides on how local government, and schools and colleges can participate in and support the programme.
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.
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.
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.
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.