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School Transport – DfE consultation and current state of provision

The draft revised guidance clarifies LA statutory duties on home to school transport responding to concerns that some policies contain unlawful elements or are unclear and difficult to understand. Consultation closes 31 October 2019. The briefing also surveys the current state of provision.

England & Wales
Members

Swift Read: Buffering for 12 years: Why councillors still can’t attend meetings remotely.

The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link – for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Local industrial strategies – taking stock and looking forward

The briefing reviews the seven Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) so far agreed with the Government and published. It considers the emerging approaches to the LIS and how far they will be an enduring major part of the sub-national economic growth landscape.

England & Wales
Members

Spending Round 2019 – Headlines from the Chancellor’s speech

The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year. A full Budget is expected…

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

NatCen British Social Attitudes Survey 2019

Every year NatCen surveys over 3,000 randomly selected people about life in Britain and their views on how the country is being run. The latest survey gives an insight into changing social and political attitudes which will be of interest to local government as community leaders, service providers and employers.

England & Wales
Members

Housing Review: Summer 2019

With much discussion focusing on Brexit, not much has been happening around housing. This briefing will focus on published studies and housing figures released over the summer.

Ireland
Members

The importance of impartiality in public services in a “post truth” world

Think tank the Smith Institute has launched a new report, commissioned by the FDA, on the importance of civil service impartiality “in a post truth world”. The impact of Brexit and recently recurring politically motivated accusations of lack of impartiality on an apolitical civil service is addressed in the report.

Scotland
Members

Health, public health and social care round up: August 2019

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.

England & Wales
Members

Directly Elected Mayors – England, Ireland… Scotland?

In May this year, three cities in Ireland held plebiscites consulting the public on whether or not they wanted a directly elected mayor for their cities. This briefing will look at how England and Ireland have gotten where they are with directly elected mayors and explore what Scotland can take from this.

Scotland