The Electoral Commission report into the May 2018 voter ID pilots has been published. Councils may be considering whether to take part in any future pilot studies. What do they need to know? And what should they demand from any study in which they might be asked to participate?
This briefing looks at what can be done to support the long-term unemployed and draws on good practice from local authorities and their partners in helping people find work. It will be of particular interest to councillors and staff working in economic development, employment support and social care.
Tara Callinan from SGS Economics and Planning interviews Dr John Bates, Research Director at the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC (CRC), to better understand how local governments can access and benefit from the work of the CRC to support their community’s disaster preparedness.
'- This is the first in a series of briefings on the policy development being undertaken by the main political parties ahead of the 2015 General Election. - The Labour Party is conducting a wide ranging policy review under the banner of ‘Agenda 2015’ which will feed into the development of their Manifesto for the…
The IFS produces a Green Budget every year in the weeks running up to the Budget, which this year will be 8 March. Issues covered include the economic and fiscal outlook, health and social care spending, incapacity and disability benefits, and the Apprenticeship Levy.
This briefing provides a ‘snap shot’ of where the Conservative Party has got to in the development of their 2015 General Election Manifesto, focusing on policy related to local government. It is the third and final briefing in a series which also covered the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats.
This briefing considers local authorities’ approaches to medium and long-term ‘strategic recovery planning’ of their cities, towns and communities in the immediate aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. It suggests possible frameworks for strategic recovery planning. and some of the contextual issues that places may face on the road to recovery.
A committee of the Scottish Parliament is currently considering a Bill proposed by Andy Wightman MSP [Green Party] to incorporate the European Charter of Self Government into Scots Law. It has the support – at present – of MSPs from all the opposition parties, so it may well have a fair chance of being passed…
Procurement during Covid-19 has been a high profile, and often contentious, issue. The NAO has investigated procurement generally, and PPE supplies and the Test and Trace programme in separate investigations. What can the NHS, central government and local health teams learn from these inquiries?
This briefing summarises the financial consequences of the pandemic in relation to early childhood education and care providers. It details the support available to help providers and how these measures have interacted with the loss of income and the pre-pandemic finances of providers. It also explores the financial implications of the pandemic on the capacity…