The UK government plans to improve mobile coverage in the countryside include proposals to “simplify planning rules” which some say will lead to the English countryside “being dotted with gigantic phone masts as high as Nelson’s Column” – but is this true?
How do local areas reconcile environmental needs with the industrial, commercial and residential development envisaged in Local Industrial Strategies? How do predominately rural areas pursue a modern industrial strategy? And how do mostly urban areas meet the government’s environmental expectations?
This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.
Where are Britain’s new houses actually going to go? How to stop putting the cart before the horse by putting the car before the house.
Britain needs new houses. But a neglected aspect of debates about how to tackle Britain’s housing crisis is this: At a time when Britain needs to build enough houses to create a city the size of Newcastle every year - where exactly are all those new houses going to go?
The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his final report. It is extremely critical of the impact of austerity on vulnerable groups and of various aspects of welfare reform, particularly some design features of Universal Credit.
Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.
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.
By 2046 there will be seven million more people aged over 65 in the United Kingdom, but the changing demographics will impact differently in villages, towns and cities of Britain in ageing. Services will need to plan for the differential pattern of ageing if a crisis is to be averted.
Mobility as a Service describes services which allow users to plan and book travel on multiple modes of transport from different providers in a single transaction. The Transport Select Committee’s report calls on the government to take a much more active role in shaping the future development of MaaS.
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.