NAIDOC Week celebrations are being held across the country to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This briefing is an update on an earlier briefing on Treaty developments with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia.
This briefing reports on recent key developments on the HS2 project, including an overview of a recent HofL’s Economic Affairs Committee report and an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project. HS2 is still highly contentious. Will the new PM have a different perspective on it?
Economists have long identified a so-called ‘productivity gap’ between the UK and comparator economies. This briefing explores the debate and summarises and comments on the Chancellor’s ‘Fixing The Foundations’ plan. It draws out implications for local government and devolution. It is the third of our four budget briefings.
Pupil attendance at school during the Autumn Term 2020 has been affected by the need for pupil and staff isolation as Covid-19 continues to make school-based learning difficult in many parts of England. This briefing is on recent studies and government policy developments on the issue and the new national lockdown announced on 4 January…
The Government is planning to introduce a new method of assessing children when they enter the reception class of primary schools at the age of four. This will lead eventually to a progress measurement across the seven years of primary education, and an accountability measure for the schools.
This briefing covers a report published in December 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which examines trends in poverty and their causes in the UK over the twenty years since 1995-96.
As part of the DfE's strategic planning for the development of the childcare market to ensure there is sufficient provision to meet the Government's manifesto commitment to secure an additional 15 hours childcare a week for working parents of 3 and 4-year olds, the DfE has published an economic assessment of the market and childcare…
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.
• The National Audit Office (NAO) have published a report (“Managing the expansion the Academies Programme”) evaluating the implementation of the Schools Academies Programme (“the Programme”) since May 2010, and the adequacy of the Government’s funding and oversight framework across the academies sector. • The NAO found that while the Department for Education (DfE) has…
In the following briefing, we focus on the critical elements of the programme for government and its objectives around climate change: the economic possibilities, the potential role of local government in Ireland and recovery from the impact of Covid-19.