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Explainer: children’s services and young people

This explainer gives you the full rundown on education and children’s services for new councillors or anyone needing a comprehensive overview of local authorities’ roles in this area.

England & Wales

Local authorities adapting to the new normal to improve food safety

This briefing emphasises the critical importance of food safety and the role of UK regulatory bodies and local authorities in up keeping public health measures. It discusses challenges such as funding, staffing, and adapting to new business models and inspection methods, highlighting the impact on food safety inspections and public health risks.

England & Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland With case study

Housing and planning round-up May 2024

Finance is the big issue in this month’s housing and planning round up, with backbench MPs warning pressures on councils and housing associations restricts the amount of social housing built in England. Other stories cover homelessness, Scotland’s housing emergency, care leavers, right to buy, compulsory purchase and public toilets.

England & Wales, Scotland

Climate change’s untold health story

In this article, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health, Ansaf Azhar, discusses the focus of his annual report – the impact of climate change on health.

England & Wales

The state of leadership in English local government

In light of the tumultuous times facing local government in England, the Social Market Foundation has conducted research on the current state of leadership and management in local government across the country. This article unpacks the research findings.

England & Wales

Giving kids a chance: Supporting children who risk missing out in 21st century Britain

Cuts in education and children’s services mean many youngsters risk missing out, however, it is not all doom and gloom. A new briefing sets out the bleak picture across the UK but also highlights efforts made by schools and local authorities to improve the experience of children and young people.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Empowering modern fathers: how can local government pave the way for active fatherhood?

This briefing emphasises the critical role fathers play in their children’s education, suggesting that their involvement leads to better outcomes. It highlights opportunities for local councils to support father engagement through initiatives like reading groups and partnerships with schools. Ultimately, underscoring a gap in dad-specific policies and programs.

England & Wales, Global, Scotland With case study

How can local government better support fathers?

The Fatherhood Institute works to build a society which prepares, respects and assists men as involved fathers and caregivers. We spoke to Dr Jeremy Davies, Deputy CEO, about the organisation’s work and how local authorities can help participate in the agenda to integrate fathers better into their role across family life and education.

England & Wales, Scotland

English local government: The landscape after the 2024 local elections

This report takes a look at the English local government landscape after the 2024 local elections. We look region by region with maps depicting council control before and after the elections, as well as exploring the Combined Authority, PCC and London Assembly picture.

England & Wales