Why is local government being virtually excluded from the brexit negotiations, wonders Janet Sillett, when it is the perfect opportunity press ahead with meaningful decentralisation of power.
Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament, the first of his pared-down spring updates since he announced that the Autumn Budget would be the main annual fiscal event.
This update focuses on the latest brexit news, legislation, the position in Scotland, the economy and regional impact, and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into brexit and local government. It ends with commentary on key issues around devolution of laws and powers.
The charity sector receives funding directly from the EU and indirectly from the European structural funds. Lack of clarity over how funding gaps could be filled is of concern to charities and to local government. Increased demand on services, a weakened pound and staff recruitment issues add to current uncertainty.
Tourism and the creative and digital sectors are a sizeable portion of the UK economy. In January the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published a report on the potential impact of brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.
The health select committee’s report on brexit and care expressed serious concerns over the impact of brexit, particularly on the care workforce. We summarise their recommendations here and the government’s response.
We look here at the sector reports released by the government in December and also at reports taken from the EU Parliament’s website under the heading Brexit Impact. The EU reports give an insight into European perceptions and hence how these might shape negotiation objectives.
Why has productivity in the UK been in decline and what is being done to improve it?
This briefing provides an overview of government’s ‘Industrial Strategy White Paper: Building a Britain fit for the future’, published November 27th 2017, and on its implications for local government (LAs) and partners.
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.