The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.
This briefing discusses the need for democratic practices such as deliberation to evolve for today’s diverse societies. It argues that greater involvement through deliberation is not enough, but ‘inclusive involvement’ should be the goal. It is especially topical given the current complex debate over BLM.
The BEIS Committee’s report on industrial strategy addresses the processes of securing sector deals and what has been achieved or agreed through them so far. The process has tended to favour sectors that have already received significant state funding and ignoring the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of low productivity.
The report by the Work and Pensions Committee into the future of Jobcentre Plus covered the planned on-going co-location of JCP offices with other local services, such as council benefit teams and health services, and a process of devolution of employment services to combined local authorities and devolved governments
Part 3 of the Children and Families Bill makes provision to change the way the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) are assessed and met. To test these provisions, the Department for Education (DfE) established a SEND Pathfinder Programme following the publication of the SEN Green Paper Support…
Alternative provision – educational provision for children out of school – remains in the spotlight as it manages the increased number of children who have been excluded and off-rolled. This briefing looks at the Government response to the Commons education committee report and two DfE research reports, one a national picture of provision, and the…
The report includes many observations and examples of good and bad practice from which police forces and agencies involved in child protection will be able to learn. It will be of interest to LA officers and elected members with child protection responsibilities, particularly those in contact with the police.
This briefing is on a recent Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report which highlights the finding that half of Britons believe that it is becoming increasingly difficult for people from more disadvantaged backgrounds to move up in society.
The Government, having previously outlined plans to improve the quality of childcare in More Great Childcare (January 2013), has published More affordable childcare (July 2013), which sets out plans to deliver more childcare that is both affordable and meets the needs of working parents. Some aspects of the plans require amendment of primary legislation, regulations…
On Sunday 14 June 2020 negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens reached agreement on a Programme for Government. Ciarán Doherty, LGIU Associate, outlines the agreement reached on the Programme for Government.