With the launch of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, this briefing highlights what is happening in Scotland to improve air quality and looks at one tool local government can use in the fight to reduce vehicle emissions – Low Emission Zones (LEZs).
The National Infrastructure Commission has reported to government on how to ensure the operation of an efficient, low carbon freight system that manages its impact on congestion. Its final report addresses a range of issues including decarbonising the freight sector and the recognition of freight’s role in the planning system.
The report by the National Audit Office published in May 2019 is on the changing role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships. The report also deals with progress in strengthening governance, assurance and transparency in LEPs and with funding spent through LEPs to date and future funding arrangements.
The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.
Local industrial strategies aim to raise productivity and earning power. Productivity needs to be boosted in ways that improve working people's lives. Which policy solutions could be adopted by local places to improve living standards and ensure that everyone can benefit from and contribute to economic growth?
The Northern Powerhouse is nearly five years old. What progress has been made? A new report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne, sets out ten key recommendations for central government.
If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.
The future of Britain’s high Streets has never had a higher profile – so far the discussion has focussed on their retail offer. This briefing argues that a more holistic approach is needed and that closer collaboration with neighbours could be key to the rebirth of individual town centres.
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.
The government’s Road to Zero Strategy sets out plans to meet the pledge of banning all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. A number of other reports suggest that the government needs to do far more to support the roll-out of electric vehicles.