This briefing provides an overview of recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) place-based statistics about your area – including demographic, economic, housing, electoral and wellbeing postings, as well as ONS’s approach to Covid-19 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making.
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.
• This is the third and final report from Baroness Newlove, the Government Champion for Active, Safer Communities • It reports on progress from the challenges set out in her first two reports and announces the launch of a £1million DCLG fund to tackle problem drinking • It will be useful for executive members/portfolio holders…
Ofsted has produced a survey of Key Stage 3 practice in English Secondary schools. Key Stage 3 is years 7 to 9, with pupils aged 11 to 14 years. Ofsted finds that Key Stage 3 is an area of secondary school provision where urgent improvement is needed: getting Key Stage 3 teaching and learning right…
“We are all in this together”. In one way this is true, but in other ways it is not. We look here at some of those groups who are facing the most severe consequences from Covid-19. The virus can strike anyone, but the economic and social effects will vary enormously.
How is Community Asset Transfer (CAT) in Scotland working and what is the impact of The Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 on it? This briefing looks at the history and practice and highlights the potential tensions caused by the financial pressures on local authorities.
In May 2014 the Webb Memorial Trust (WMT) published two reports on approaches to tackling poverty and inequality in the UK. The first of these examines approaches and initiatives by civil society and Fairness Commissions. The Second provides more detail about Fairness Commissions and enlarges on the section on Fairness Commissions in the first report.…
This briefing explores the impact of Community Right to Buy, and challenges faced by communities engaging with the process. It will be of interest to councillors and Local Authority staff who deal with community development, related policy and practice and asset transfers.
This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.
What are the sources of, and barriers to, community power? The report featured here looks at institutions and governance structures, powers, relationships between communities and public authorities, and the relationship to place, capacity and how to build it.