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Assessing children at the start of schooling in England

Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Disconnected Communities: could direct democracy be the path to a more representative form of politics?

Across Europe there has been a rise in the number of people who feel excluded from mainstream political decision-making. With this in mind, we explore ‘direct democracy’ and question whether this could be a tool for local authorities to build more representative, trusted and cohesive models of governance.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
Members & Followers

Measuring Poverty 2019: a report of the Social Metrics Commission

This report, from the Social Metrics Commission, provides both a detailed overview of the extent and nature of poverty in the UK today and original analysis that shows how this has changed since the first year where the data for the Commission’s measurement framework is available.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Local government’s Brexit preparations: the Chief Executive view

LGiU ran a survey of chief executives of all UK local authorities, asking them about how their council is preparing for Brexit. The survey ran throughout September 2019, receiving 63 responses (15% of chief executives) covering councils in all regions and all tiers.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Oireachtas Review: September 2019

Mid-September saw the political parties hold their now annual “autumn think-ins” ahead of the return of the Dáil on Tuesday 17th September. This briefing covers what happened at these think-ins and what each party has planned for the upcoming year.

Ireland
Members

Adoption Support Fund: recent DfE and APPG reports

The fund supports adopted children and their families in England and is administered by local government. The DfE and an APPG have produced reports on the fund in the light of it needing to be renewed as part of the forthcoming spending review.

England & Wales
Members

APPG on Universal Credit: What needs to change?

This briefing covers a report published by an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in July 2019 on Universal Credit (UC). The report makes a large number of recommendations for reform and its conclusions are consistent with a range of expert opinion.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Swift Read: Can Boosting Town Centres Save the High Street?

Local authorities play a vital role in mitigating the decline of their town centres by working in partnership with others and making use of funding streams available to create more sustainable community centres. This briefing summarises what councils can do to help with this.

Scotland