The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link - for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, key developments, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.
Higher Technical Education sits between A-levels and the new T-levels and bachelor’s degrees. There is a shortage of people with such qualifications. The proposals support the Government’s aim of improving take-up of technical education to meet the needs of the economy and business.
The prevention green paper was published in the very last days of Theresa May’s tenure as prime minister. It describes a large range of initiatives and actions to be implemented in the 2020s, many of which will be of interest to local authorities as leaders of local public health.
We look here at an independent government review of selective licensing of private rented housing and conclude that it appears to work well as part of a wider suite of community-based measures but is considerably less effective when used in isolation.
The plan aims to provide school pupils in England with greater opportunities to access at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day including strengthening the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, providing guidance on how teachers and parents can play their part, and…
The UK Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the government should legislate for a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Is this target feasible, what would need to be done to achieve it, and what is the role of local government?
At its peak, there were 3,600 Sure Start Children’s Centres in England which brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families including early education and childcare, health visitors, parenting classes, welfare to work guidance and playgroups. This briefing provides…
The Government responded recently to the recent HCLG committee report on brexit and local government. It says it has found strategic engagement with local government on brexit valuable and accepts all of the committee’s recommendations ‘in spirit and in principle’, but key detail and timescales remain unclear.