Briefings & Submissions

Our latest submissions to parliamentary consultations, inquiries and other calls for evidence.

Key points:

  • Right to Regenerate is currently little-known and little-used.
  • There should be more transparency and improved public to information about unused – or underused – land.
  • Landowners should be required to work towards a reasonable timeframe for this land to be brought back into use. Failure to do so should activate the right of first refusal, granted foremost to the community
  • The government should incentivise temporary use of unused land through an annual tax based on land value.
  • Communities themselves are best placed to know what would and would not be useful land-use, and should be empowered to use this knowledge
Jessica Studdert gives oral evidence to the House of Lords

Key points:

  • The pandemic fueled more collaboration between local public services, and saw these services work more closely with communities, businesses and the VCSE sector
  • Many councils innovated through greater use of digital technology
  • The UK Government’s failure to share data and to work with local government on the test-and-trace system cost lives
  • The Government’s failure to meet its promise to adequately reimburse councils their pandemic response will weaken future Covid response and long-term recovery.
  • Long-term public service resilience can only be secured if local authorities receive a multi-year funding settlement
  • Communities have played a vital role in the Covid-19 response and local authorities should continue to develop these relationships and involve them in services