According to the Commons public accounts committee the government wasted five years and nearly £200 million on the Starter Homes scheme, only to quietly drop it in favour of another programme for first-time buyers.
Pupil attendance at school during the Autumn Term 2020 has been affected by the need for pupil and staff isolation as Covid-19 continues to make school-based learning difficult in many parts of England. This briefing is on recent studies and government policy developments on the issue and the new national lockdown announced on 4 January…
LGIU’s Merle Zierke takes a quick spin through a number of the LGiU Ireland briefings you may have missed during 2020, summarising issues that may provide useful insights for Australian local councils and provides the links to the detailed briefings for councillors and council staff who may want to dig a bit deeper.
Swift Read: Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts 2019-20 – setting the scene for council finances in 2021-22
This swift read summaries the Auditor General’s recent audit of the Scottish Government’s 2019-20 consolidated accounts and looks at what the accounts and recent announcements in England may signal about the Scottish local government finance settlement due later this month.
Swift Read: Will new permitted development rights make high streets “predominantly residential” in the future?
The UK government published a consultation in December proposing more extensions to permitted development rights, including a new permitted development right to change shops, restaurants and offices into new homes without planning permission. The proposals have proved contentious, as were the ones in the recent white paper.
This briefing updates information provided in 2020 briefings (see related briefings) on the main sources of statistics on the Covid epidemic. The focus is on data available on a UK-wide basis, but as before, more localised data sources are signposted.
This briefing summarises evidence about how the pandemic has influenced children and young people’s mental health to help to inform local service development plans to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people in both the short and longer term.
This is the next briefing in our series examining the VFM (value for money) reports that were carried out by the Local Government Audit Service (the LGAS). This briefing will provide readers with a review of the report produced by the LGAS in April 2019 titled “An Overview of Capital Unfunded Balances in Local Authorities”.
The HSCSC published its report on the social care system later last year. It paints a bleak picture of a system on the brink of failure and details the effects on service users, carers, providers, commissioners and the wider funding environment. Will we see desperately needed reform this year?
The MHCLG-led Troubled Families Programme in England is nearly 10 years old. This briefing looks at its impact, recent commentary and future prospects.