The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.
This briefing summarises and comments on the Health Committee’s report into public health which includes recommendations directly relevant to councils and highlights crucial financial issues such as the scale and distribution of the public health budget.
On 16 July 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its first release of statistics from the census taken as at 27 March 2011. This data is crucial for local authorities – both for planning and managing service developments, and for its impact on local government financial settlements. blished its first release of statistics…
This briefing explores the UK Government's Green Paper, ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’. This is a consultation document seeking views on how to increase productivity and drive growth across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report (“Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges”) examining the design, implementation and performance of two separate government programmes to help families address a range of challenges; the DCLG’s ‘Troubled Families Programme’ and DWP’s ‘Families with Multiple Problems Programme’. The NAO believe that the rationale for both…
This briefing looks at the major challenges facing local government in contributing to the government’s ambition for three million new apprenticeships in England to 2020; but also the opportunities to shape and delivery manage this important element of the skills and employment system.
This policy briefing summarises a survey by the Dilnot Commission on public views about funding; it also discusses the recent legal challenge to raising eligibility criteria.
Proposals for Individual Electoral Registration are currently under scrutiny by a parliamentary select committee, and are open to consultation until 14 October. There are significant implications for councils.
This briefing provides an update on Government’s response to the Portas Review into the future of our high streets. It then outlines strategies and programmes local authorities and town partnerships may progress to improve the performance of town centres. The briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers involved in all aspects…