Briefings



Taking Control: Which Taxes Could be Devolved to Local Government in England?

May 14, 2019

How could more tax funding powers be devolved to local government? This IFS report sets how to assess the suitability of and devolution of taxes and analyses what could be raised across England from the various options. There is also a review of local tax arrangements in different countries.


Affordable Renting? Learning from the Mietpreisbremese experience in Berlin

May 9, 2019

Urban population growth and increases in housing costs often go hand in hand. This briefing explores how the classic approaches to affordable renting followed by local authorities are producing poorer results, and how the revival of price ceiling control seems to be having positive results in Berlin.



Tipperary County Council: A Month in the Life

May 3, 2019

This is the fourth instalment in our new series of monthly briefings on local government activities. This month we’re looking at achievements and innovations from Tipperary County Council, drawing from the March edition of their Chief Executive’s Monthly Report.


Keeping the lights on: Robin Hood Energy

May 2, 2019

Robin Hood Energy (RHE) was established in 2015 when it became the UK’s first local authority owned gas and electricity supplier. This briefing outlines what was done, how it worked and what could have been done better.


Waiting for Godot (or even a local authority tenancy)

April 30, 2019

Just about every country operates some form of waiting list for housing services provided by the state. This briefing covers Ireland's use of waiting lists for local authority housing and how they've changed in recent years.



Oireachtas Review: March 2019

April 23, 2019

This month's Oireachtas report focuses heavily on the draft proposals for directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford.