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?
The Schools Adjudicator service allows individuals and local authorities to refer questions over the fairness and reasonableness of school admission arrangements for independent scrutiny. This briefing looks at the just published annual report, covering the whole range of the Chief Adjudicator's work including appeals against an LA direction to a maintained schools to admit a…
The DfE is consulting, until 11 April, on amendments to statutory guidance and Regulations about a range of issues involved in adoption consequent upon the changes in Part 1 of the Children and Families Act 2014, and on revisions to the second outcome in standard 13 of the adoption National Minimum Standards (which concerns timescales…
The results of the 2020 General Election have left a deadlocked Dáil with three parties, two of which will have to come together – with support from other TDs – to form a working majority. This briefing looks at the political history of coalition formation in Ireland, linking to the current deadlock.
• 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…
Every year NatCen surveys 3,000 people for the British Social Attitudes survey, providing data on public opinion about life in the UK that are relevant to local communities and public services. The latest reports illuminate recent trends, including the impact (if any) of the Covid-19 pandemic on public attitudes.
From Executive to Ceremonial: Directly Elected Mayors in the United States, Australia and New Zealand
Examining if a correlation exists between a directly elected political mayor in a city and greater decision making capabilities for that location, comparing examples with Dublin where the question of such mayors is an ongoing issue.
The Timpson review of school exclusion looks at who is excluded from school, and what can be done to reduce exclusion. The Government response accepts the proposals.
This briefing introduces the circular economy, a term often mentioned but possibly poorly understood, as an economic concept – followed by a discussion of the opportunities for local governments to participate in, and lead, changes towards achieving a circular economy.
Local authorities across the UK are increasingly turning to new service delivery models to fulfil their statutory duty to provide sufficient educational and recreational services for 13 to 19-year-olds.