Briefings


Swift Read: Council tax in England 2019/20

July 11, 2019

The average band D council tax set by English local authorities in 2019-20 rose by 4.7 per cent or £78 - the second highest increase this decade but slightly lower than last year. This briefing looks in more detail at increases across and within tiers of authority.



The NOAC report on the internal audit function of local authorities

July 9, 2019

This briefing provides an overview of some of the key findings of the 17th NOAC report on the internal audit function of local authorities. Irish local authorities spend billions of euro annually on delivering services, so it is absolutely critical to have an effective internal control system in place.



Ireland’s Climate Action Plan: facing up to urgent responsibilities

July 2, 2019

The Irish Government has just published a comprehensive plan to address the many challenging characteristics arising from the impact of climate change. This briefing covers what is outlined in the Plan and the role of local government in particular in tackling climate change.


Mayo County Council: A Month in the Life

June 28, 2019

This is the fifth instalment in our new series of monthly briefings on local government activities. This month we’re looking at the achievements, innovations and celebrations of Mayo County Council from the month of May.



Oireachtas Review: April/May 2019

June 25, 2019

This edition of the Oireachtas review, covering the last two months, covers the Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill 2019, the Land Conveyancing Law Reform (Amendment) Bill 2019 as well as the impact of the Kerins Judgment on Oireachtas Committees.


21st Century Working: meeting the challenges of a changing workplace

June 20, 2019

Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities in Ireland can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.