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Swift Read: Re-opening Scottish Schools – learning as we go

Schools in Scotland started to gradually reopen from August 11, in different ways and to differing extents across the country, all taking a safety-first approach. This briefing takes an early look at the experience so far, pulling out learning points to consider over the coming weeks and months.

Scotland
Members & Followers

Making sense of Covid-19 statistics: an update

The DHSC methodology for recording Covid-related deaths was recently changed. We examine this here, and also provide updates on ONS analysis of Covid-related deaths by geography, ethnicity, and occupation in England and Wales. Also dealt with is an ONS comparison of mortality across 29 European countries up to 30 June.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

LGAS review of interest only loans in local authorities

This briefing is the next in our series briefly examining the VFM (value for money) reports that are now being carried out by the LGAS (the local government audit service) on a regular basis. This briefing will examine the VFM report produced by the LGAS in March 2019 entitled “An Overview of Interest Only Loans…

Ireland
Members & Followers

A ‘child’s rights’ approach: how one question can help councils plan fairer and healthier futures

Choosing and implementing policies that are coherent with child health and environmental sustainability, rather than accelerated ecological decline, is necessary for a sustainable and fair future. This briefing explains how embedding children’s rights in policy-making starts with one question: how do our policies affect young people’s life-chances now and in the future?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members

Swift Read: City Deal Plan launched for Melbourne’s North West

This briefing looks at the North and West Melbourne City Deal Plan 2020-2040 which was officially launched this week and is the first step in developing a City Deal. The next step in advancing the deal is to seek formal Memorandum of Understanding arrangements between Commonwealth, State and local governments.

Australia
Members

The Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs and local implications

This briefing reviews the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs which seeks to keep furloughed workers in work, support those who have already lost their job, and targets help for young people leaving education, alongside measures to stimulate demand and create new jobs. The briefing looks at the local implications of the Plan.

England & Wales
Members & Followers

Post-Covid cities: how might the pandemic change urban areas?

Cities have a long relationship with pandemics and a history of evolving in response to adverse events. Will Covid-19 change cities and towns? Will city dwellers flee cities for the suburbs, towns and countryside? Will cities become stronger, greener and more inclusive? Or will the recovery mean ‘business as usual’?

England & Wales, Global, Scotland
Members & Followers

Covid-19 and children’s social care in England

This briefing is on the advice and guidance offered to the children’s social care community by the UK government during the Covid-19 pandemic, and the issues emerging from the pressure on local authorities and providers to accept temporary flexibilities to support them. The briefing also summarises a study on the experiences of local authority children’s…

England & Wales
Members

Hear here: The Perth and Kinross Youth Voice Forum

This briefing describes how the Youth Voice Forum was developed, with a focus on the event organised by the group. It will be of interest to elected members seeking to engage with young people and other under-represented groups, as well as officers involved in youth work and education.

Scotland