Members & Followers

Think tank review February 2021

As many of us pivot towards moving out of lockdown and the end of the pandemic, there is a lot of recovery-themed output from think tanks this month. However, there’s also a fair number of other topics covered, from housing and employment to education and health. The LGIU think tank review covers outputs from think…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland

Unleashing the talent of young people – the Learning and Work Institute

‘Unleashing talent: Levelling up opportunity for young people’ is the sixth report of the Learning and Work Institute’s Youth Commission. The report sets out a blueprint for change in England and makes recommendations for: sustained long-term investment on education, reductions in youth unemployment, a greater role for local government, a reform to the benefits system…

England & Wales

Net Zero climate targets: key action areas for local government

This briefing explores local government’s potential role in decarbonization, looking at how councils can take action, along with some local government case studies. This briefing concludes with a framework for the development of a local action plan for emissions reduction.


The Work Programme: A Quantitative Impact Assessment

The Department for Work and Pensions report published in November 2020 and summarised in this briefing is an impact assessment of the Work Programme, which stopped accepting new referrals in April 2017. The evaluation remains relevant because the UK has embarked on new large scale labour market programmes in response to the economic impact of…

England & Wales, Scotland

Initial teacher training (ITT) and teacher professional development

How teachers enter, and are inducted into, the teaching profession matters not just because of the need to have sufficient well-trained teachers in schools but because of the role teachers have in society and in developing the character, minds and personalities of future generations of citizens. In England, the Government is pursuing reforms on initial…

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Swift Read: Recovery – if not now, when?

A Social Renewal Advisory Board was set up by Scottish Government in 2020 to make proposals for Scotland’s recovery from the pandemic and planning for social progression. In January 2021, the final report “If not now, when?” was published, making 20 calls to action for national and local government.


Affordable housing proposals: key features and issues

Following the recent reflection on past experience with affordable housing schemes, this briefing looks at the approach that is now proposed, with particular reference to the published heads of legislation, and views in relation to possible implications.


Somers Town regeneration story – drawing on good practice

This briefing considers what wider insights other projects can draw from the Somers Town urban regeneration project, located between Euston and St Pancras stations. We look at how the scheme has adapted to changing circumstances since its inception, how it was managed and what community benefits it supports.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland