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.
The role of childcare in supporting parents in employment is often overlooked. As much of the provision is in the private, voluntary and independent sectors, with local authority oversight to ensure sufficiency, it has been significantly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. This briefing looks at the current position using the recent annual update from the…
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.
This briefing analyses the Labour Party’s manifesto proposals on education, children’s services and skills.
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.
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…
This important NAO report, with its emphasis on the role of the DHSC, highlights serious issues around the oversight of the social care market. Any lack of national joined-up planning and accountability will inevitably have a negative impact on integration at the levels of system and place.
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 Regional Adoption Agencies – the Government initiative in England to create 25-30 regional bodies to take over and streamline the child adoption process from local government and voluntary bodies.
Free schools have been one of the more controversial educational innovations by the UK Government in England since the 2010 general election. This briefing provides a 10-year look at the free school programme and what might happen next.