10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.
The NIC has announced five cities and city regions that it will provide tailored support to improve delivery of housing, and economic growth and transport improvements. The authorities will work with the NIC to develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.
RIBA’s report Ten Characteristics of Places where People want to Live is a response to Letwin’s Independent review on new house building. Although RIBA’s report supports the importance of good design, varied housing and tenures, it goes further to suggest a direct link between design quality and build out rates.
The government’s white paper on immigration, published on December 19 2018, sets out how ministers see immigration controls operating from 2021. It is written on the assumption that the UK leaves the European Union at the end of March, with a transition period following until the end of 2020.
The annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills report, now done with Pearson, is based on a survey on businesses of all sizes. It provides insights into what British business wants, where improvements in current arrangements are required, and lessons for local government in working with local employers.
Ofsted’s Annual Report covers inspection evidence from early years, schools, children’s social care, and further education and skills as well as the inspectorate’s advice to government. Change was mostly positive but schools ‘stuck in a cycle of poor performance’ unregistered schools, reduction in LA funding, and parents taking responsibility were media headlines.
The recently published Raynsford review final report on planning concludes with a wide range of recommendations to improve the system, including criticism of permitted development, shared by many others in local government.
Fire safety, homelessness, sales of social housing and the future of the planning system all feature in this month's housing and planning round-up. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering high street planning, classifying second homes as holiday lets and shared ownership schemes
Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers
There has been less focus on towns as ‘engines of growth’ for the national economy, yet millions of people live, work, shop and socialise in towns. This briefing provides an overview of research and approaches used by governments to support towns in the UK and Ireland.