The Health and Social Care select committee’s response to the recent health white paper supports the direction of travel in the white paper, but the committee also identified areas needing further clarification and some ‘concerning omissions’, including the ongoing delay in setting out a plan for social care reform.
As urban areas consolidate and densify, one challenge is to ensure the availability of adequate social infrastructure to service the population and cater for health and wellbeing. This briefing looks at the challenges of delivering social infrastructure that both meets the needs of growing populations and changing community need.
A look at the House of Commons Education Committee’s report Special educational needs and disabilities (October 2019). The report aims to influence the forthcoming spending review and to examine the effect of government policies on the implementation of the 2014 Act.
Coronavirus: Education, children’s social care services, childcare and skills: Coronavirus Act and DfE Guidance – England
In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the DfE has issued, and intends to update as necessary, at least 15 separate pieces of guidance and other advice. This briefing summarises the guidance from the perspective of those needing to implement the guidance in local government. The briefing also looks at relevant provisions in the Coronavirus Act…
A look at the 2020 report of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) on child health in the UK
This briefing is on Ofsted’s annual report, formally known as The Annual Report of the Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2018-19 (21 January 2020) as well as the Ofsted press release Chief Inspector warns against pursuing success without substance and a regional breakdown of stuck schools
It’s the 75th anniversary of abolition of school fees this month, but what does it mean when perhaps 95% of children and young people are now home learning? And should the additional costs of home learning be met by the state? John Fowler, Policy Manager, LGIU tries to answer these questions.
This briefing examines the role of local governments in South Korea and Taiwan played in successfully suppressing the spread of Covid-19 to draw out lessons for local government internationally.
This briefing summarises an Ofsted research report which explores how schools make decisions when they are under financial pressure, and what impact these decisions could have on the quality of education they provide. The report was accompanied by a blog commentary from the Chief Inspector, Amanda Spielman which proved to be controversial in her apparent…