Every year, at about this time, various media outlets make a stab at predicting how next year will develop. One of the first out and most widely read is The Economist’s ‘World in 2021’, where the editor has identified 10 key themes for the year. How are these predictions relevant to local government?
Today, in the first major event since the death of His Royal Highness Prince Phillip, The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Majesty the Queen opened a new Parliamentary session with her speech outlining the Government’s legislative agenda. Key focuses for local government were on voter ID, Covid-19 recovery and delivering a programme for levelling-up.
In February 2021, the Independent Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland published its final report. This briefing sets out the key aspects of the consultation and highlights some of the potential implications for local government and other public services.
On 23 November Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered the new Government’s Autumn Statement. This briefing deals mostly with the revisions to the fiscal targets and the economic outlook. There is a brief commentary on other announcements, including those for additional capital spending, and on housing, welfare, and devolution.
On 23 November Chancellor Phillip Hammond delivered the new Government’s Autumn Statement. This briefing deals mostly with the revisions to the fiscal targets and the economic outlook. There is a brief commentary on other announcements, including Scottish Cities Deals, additional capital spending, housing, and welfare.
Measuring and defining relative poverty is a contentious issue. This briefing looks at the levels and rates of poverty in the UK and includes historical trends and forecasts for future years. The primary focus defines poverty in terms of disposable household income.
This briefing deals with the budget’s key announcements in Budget 2017, particularly with the Economic and Fiscal Outlook report produced by the OBR, and the additional finding for social care.
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.