Planning for the digital economy
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:34:23 +0000
The digital tech sector is the UK’s fastest growing sector.    Recent statistics show that it is growing as much as 50% faster than the wider economy.  In London alone, a new tech business starts up every hour.  Beyond London, digital tech clusters across the country are driving the economic resurgence of many cities and city […]
Working longer – the reality ‘behind the headlines’
Wed, 21 Jun 2017 07:30:01 +0000
By Heather Cameron With no shortage of headlines highlighting the record employment rate in the UK, and the increasing number of older workers widely reported, it may seem that the outlook for the ageing workforce is a rosy one. But do these headlines hide the reality? Recent analysis from Age UK argues that the headline […]
Maggie’s Centres: wellness through building design and the environment
Mon, 19 Jun 2017 07:30:47 +0000
In March 2017, the 20th Maggie’s Centre was opened in the grounds of Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Falkirk. Designed by architects Garbers & James, it is expected to receive 3000 visits in the first year. Maggie’s provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the […]
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): what the public sector needs to consider
Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:30:50 +0000
By Steven McGinty In March, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published the results of a survey into local government information governance as part of their preparations for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018. Although the ICO notes that many local authorities have good data protection policies, there […]
Moving stories: how poetry is carrying the message about mobility challenges facing older people
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:30:11 +0000
All too often, valuable results from research reports receive an initial burst of publicity before being shelved and then largely forgotten.  But one project has been keeping its research in the public eye by taking its findings onto the streets. A three-year study led by researchers at the University of York’s Centre for Housing Policy […]
Learning from Croydon – Digital Council of the Year 2017
Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:30:45 +0000
By Steven McGinty In March, the London Borough of Croydon was named Digital Council of the Year at the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards – a showcase event for sharing innovation and improvement in local government. The LGC Award judges commended Croydon Council’s ‘no one gets left behind mantra’ and highlighted that they were impressed […]
Creating sustainability in health and social care
Mon, 05 Jun 2017 07:30:10 +0000
The question of the sustainability of funding for health and social care services has been in the spotlight recently. The Conservative Party manifesto contained proposals around making individuals pay for more of their social care costs, to deal with the “challenges of an ageing society”. Meanwhile, figures suggest that NHS Trusts in England overspent by […]
Can Parent Champions succeed in improving attainment?
Wed, 31 May 2017 07:30:28 +0000
by Stacey Dingwall Despite the numerous opportunities to do so during the last few years, disengagement from participation in the electoral system in the UK remains an issue. At the start of the year, trust in the UK government had fallen to 26%. Ed Williams, the chief executive of Edelman UK, who published the survey […]
Local authority housing companies: getting back into building
Fri, 26 May 2017 08:35:18 +0000
Last December, research by Inside Housing magazine found that more than a third of English local authorities have already – or are planning to – set up their own housing companies. The research showed that 98 out of 252 councils were considering the establishment of a private housing development company, or had already established one.  […]
Designing for positive behaviours
Wed, 24 May 2017 07:30:58 +0000
By Heather Cameron “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us” – Winston Churchill, 1943 This much borrowed saying from the former prime minister was made during the 1943 debate over the rebuilding of the House of Commons following its bombing during the Blitz. Although many were in favour of expanding the building to accommodate […]