Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter

Private companies should release results of cladding tests, says LGA chair Lord Porter
Mark Moran

The Local Government Association (LGA) calling on the government to launch an urgent review of building regulations in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 80 people. The LGA believes there is a need to act now rather than wait for the outcomes... continue

19 Jul 2017RUDI News

NAO report on DCLG finds issues with LEPs and public land disposal

The latest Departmental Overview, carried out by the National Audit Office on the Department for Communities and Local Government, summarises its performance during the year ended March 2016, together with NAO recent reports. The content of the report has been shared with the Department to ensure... continue

16 Nov 2016RUDI News

Better integration of planning activity with infrastructure provision called for

Strategic leadership from local authority planners to spur public sector-led development is urgently needed when private developers are vulnerable from post-Brexit uncertainty, yet 73% % of planners in England feel changes to the planning system have reduced their ability to deliver, the RTPI has... continue

16 Aug 2016RUDI News
New 'gaming' tool simulates development process

New 'gaming' tool simulates development process

There is not enough affordable housing in the United States, or the UK. Or in most cities around the world. A new online ‘gaming-type’ tool created by the Urban Institute, and... continue

1 Aug 2016RUDI News
Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths a year by 2060

Outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths a year by 2060

In a recent study, The Economic Consequences of Air Pollution, the OECD suggests that outdoor air pollution could cause 6 to 9 million premature deaths a year by 2060 and cost 1% of global GDP – around USD 2.6 trillion annually – as a result of sick days, medical bills and reduced agricultural... continue

28 Jun 2016RUDI News
Global mayoral groups join to work against climate change...do I spot a lack of diversity?

Global mayoral groups join to work against climate change...do I spot a lack of diversity?

The world’s two primary city-led climate change and energy initiatives, the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors, has announced the formation of a new, first-of-its-kind global initiative of cities and local governments leading in the fight against climate change. This single initiative, rather sadly formed (if the photo is to believed, of... continue

27 Jun 2016RUDI News

London watches electric-hybrid buses that could help with poor air quality and noise pollution

London mayor Sadiq Khan will be watching developments in Luxembourg's system closely, having already outlined plans to consult on bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, making it harder to bring polluting vehicles along major arterial routes or a wider section of central... continue

16 Jun 2016RUDI News
Linking local policy to global goals: app to help local authorities deliver new Sustainable Development Goals

Linking local policy to global goals: app to help local authorities deliver new Sustainable Development Goals

A new free app has been released that helps local government to understand how each one of the UN’s new 17 Sustainable Development Goals is directly related to the daily work of local and regional governments. It has been developed by United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), which represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve.... continue

14 Jun 2016RUDI News

Small and medium cities are driving Northern growth and need to be better considered in regional economies

A new paper from IPPR North, City Systems,  argues for a more sophisticated understanding of the urban system in the North of England. It acknowledges the vital role that the big cities must play in driving northern prosperity, but makes recommendations for a more coherent and comprehensive... continue

13 Jun 2016RUDI News

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