This briefing looks at the Productivity Commission’s recently-released Working from Home research paper (the Paper, hereafter) which explores the shift to working from home (WFH), and contemplates how WFH (and remote work more generally) is likely to evolve. It looks at the benefits and costs of partial or fully remote work, along with the workforce…
The Department for Education in England is proposing to make changes to way children are admitted to school. This briefing looks at the proposals as well as other recent guidance on the pupil admission arrangements.
The recent controversy about bulk purchasing by investment funds has put housing back at the forefront of public discourse and intensified pressure to achieve significant expansion of affordable housing supply, which is the purpose of the recently-published Affordable Housing Bill. The main provisions of the legislation are summarised below, along with key issues raised in…
This briefing provides an update on government supported cultural opportunities to be accessed by all young people in England, with a particular focus on a new document that brings together current good school practice in creativity for young people and documents government supported programmes in a range of arts areas going forward. Cultural Education: a…
Homelessness is the ‘big issue’ in this month’s housing and planning round-up, following claims that new legislation could criminalise rough sleepers. The round-up also looks at rent arrears, building safety, housing building and ‘pop-up’ campsites.
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.
There have been many measures introduced to support households through the Covid-19 crisis – we look at the key ones here.
The government’s post-Brexit immigration system is focussing firmly on skills and the economy. But what will it mean for local government and the wider economy? We look at the Home Office’s proposals and some of the key issues raised, including possible skill shortages in sectors such as adult care.
A paper published recently by the ESRI seeks to examine whether the State can afford to significantly increase the provision of housing.
The New Year began with Covid-19 numbers growing at an exponential level with full level 5 restrictions re-imposed; the Government closing all but emergency construction, leading to discussions over re-opening schools dominating the month. January ended with confusion and controversy over the issue of the Irish Sea border.