Policy area: Local government

Reports

Our places, our planet

This report from UK think tank CLES sets out a road map for creating the conditions for local climate action. We stand on a precipice, one that is simultaneously fraught with danger and alive with possibility. That urgent action is needed on climate change is beyond doubt. Nor is there any question that our places...

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Design for life

This report from UK think tank Localis presents an analysis of local regeneration policy through the lens of five overarching strategic concerns. The next political cycle is likely to be characterised by the vexing problem of improving the public realm in a situation of parlous public finances. Recent crises have left the state with very...

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On the rocks

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute looks at London's nightlife crisis. London’s nightlife is a great national asset, which generates £46 billion for our economy, and helps to cement the city’s global reputation. Beyond a direct financial contribution, the U.K. night-time economy acts as a catalyst for secondary spending across transportation,...

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The next step for transport in Wales

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs recommends a deliberative approach to sustainable transport, developed in partnership with communities. Wales needs a future-proof transport system to face up to the realities of climate change, but Welsh Government is faced with a complex set of challenges: encouraging take-up of electric vehicles (EV)...

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Building consent: housing by popular demand

This report from UK think tank Localis sets out ideas for housing by popular demand in harmony with existing communities and in line with the contours of place. The contributors to Localis’s essay collection set out ideas for a hope-filled future in which the new homes and developments our country needs might be built in...

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Cleaning up our act

This report from UK think tank Localis looks at reforming landfill tax for place resilience and best local outcomes. Over the last thirty years landfill policy has been among the most successful and singularly effective of government environmental policies. Since its introduction, the UK Landfill Tax has succeeded in drastically reducing mixed municipal waste to...

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Living rent that works

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Social Justice looks at unlocking genuinely affordable homes for thriving lives. The Government supports those least well off through the provision of “affordable housing”. However, too often these homes do not live up to their name. Previously, we have found that less than a quarter of...

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State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewal

This report from UK think tank IPPR assesses our current course and proposes five priority areas for a decade of renewal. The North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives. Regional inequality is a major...

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Tethered fortunes

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics looks at the threat to charities from trouble in local government. Across England, local government funding is in disarray. Councils are issuing section 114 notices – indicating unlawful expenditure or their equivalent of bankruptcy – at unprecedented rates. Cuts are following rapidly, with even more looming...

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Making care closer to home a reality

This report from UK think tank the King's Fund sets out the wholesale shift in focus needed to bolster primary and community care. The health and care system in England must shift its focus away from hospital care to primary and community services if it is to be effective and sustainable. Despite successive governments repeating...

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Investing in regional equality: four English examples

This report from UK think tank City-REDI looks at how cities could successfully overcome significant social and economic inequalities. Some international cities have innovated to successfully overcome significant social and economic inequalities in recent years. This report, written in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), aims understand whether English local...

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20 years of muddling through

This report from UK think tank EDSK looks at setting a new course for the state school system in England. Over the last decade the way that we run state schools has become a political football, creating a constant distraction from improving the life chances of children and young people. On that basis, the next...

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Local heroes?

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at the role of effective leadership and management in helping local government. Local government plays a key role in delivering services to the public and developing local economies, and its role has evolved in recent years in response to a number of challenges. This...

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UK Poverty 2024

This report from UK think tank the Joseph Rowntree Foundation looks at the current situation across different groups and regions, and the future prospects for poverty in the UK. The UK is entering this election year with unacceptably high levels of poverty, appallingly high for some groups. We need a coherent plan with creative policies...

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Mission purposeful

This report from UK think tank Pro Bono Economics explores what a relationship reset between government and the charity sector might look like under a future Labour government. This work was made possible by a grant from the Charities Aid Foundation. Charities drive the nation’s sense of purpose. The hundreds of thousands of charities, community...

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Related Events

12 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Climbing the summit: UK vs G7 cities

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities will discuss how the UK's cities perform compared to their counterparts in the G7. Labour’s mission to achieve the highest sustained growth in the G7 comes after over a decade of poor economic performance. Tackling the underperformance of Britain’s big cities will be essential if this...

13 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Better local data, better local decisions

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities explores how data can inform evidence-based policy making. Local data is important for evidence-based policy making at the local level. Drawing on Centre for Cities’ recent publication, LA Evidential, this event is an opportunity to hear from ONS Local and a local authority on how local data...