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.
This briefing reports on key developments on the HS2 project and related activities since September 2017. It includes an overview of recent government decisions relating to the second phase of HS2, an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project and a roundup of other related developments.
This new guide gives detailed advice on how to incorporate climate change into planning decisions, including the principles and approaches for ensuring local development decisions are compliant with the legal duty on local planning authorities to act on climate change.
The eagerly anticipated Clean Air Strategy is out for consultation. The Strategy includes measures on transport, in the home, industry and farming. This briefing focuses on transport and the home given their higher relevance to local authorities.
The report summarised here is the result of an unprecedented joint parliamentary committee investigation into government air quality policy. It argues that local authorities require significantly more support in order to tackle a public health crisis that leads to 40,000 avoidable deaths every year.
The Urban Transport Group’s report examines the impact of rising levels of van traffic on air quality, congestion and the public realm in towns and cities. The report argues that policy-makers, including in local government, should be paying more attention to the implications.
The Committee on Climate Change, an independent government advisory body, advises on the levels of the carbon budgets, and in general, its advice is heeded. Its assessment of the government’s Clean Growth strategy is the subject of this briefing.