The DfE has produced updated advice for schools on supporting the mental health of children and also research on school-based policies on mental health and wellbeing of children and access to local services.
Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services – Women and Equalities Select Committee report
The report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee on the impact of Covid-19 on people living with disabilities is sobering reading. It assesses the difficulties many people experienced and includes important recommendations to improve the wellbeing of disabled people as we go into transition and recovery.
Reception baseline assessment starts in autumn 2020 although most primary schools are trialling it this year. It forms the baseline for primary school progress measures enabling such schools to be held to account for the seven years of primary education. It is controversial with some claiming that it is at odds with young children’s learning.
How could more tax funding powers be devolved to local government? This IFS report sets how to assess the suitability of and devolution of taxes and analyses what could be raised across England from the various options. There is also a review of local tax arrangements in different countries.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Report: Energy efficiency: building towards net zero
This briefing deals with a report published by the Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Select Committee (the BEIS Committee) on the UK Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings. It covers policy in England and the Devolved Administrations.
This briefing discusses recent reforms to local strategic planning and the preparation of new Local Housing Strategies by local governments in New South Wales. These are part of efforts to introduce improved local strategic land use planning aligned with longer-term regional and district strategic plans.
This briefing provides a discussion of the Draft Principles, and the background and context associated with current reform processes. It explores recent urban freight trends and the impacts of COVID-19 (and associated restrictions), and the potential longer-term implications thereof.
This briefing provides an update on the progress of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. It describes 11 reviews of evidence the Centre has undertaken in general terms and summarises the findings. It also describes two recent “toolkits” that the Centre has published in relation to these reviews.
This briefing is intended as a route map through the main sources of information on the Covid-19 epidemic, which provide the data required to assess progress towards the UK government’s tests for easing lockdown.
Children’s social care services in England have been subject to both rising demand and rising costs for several years. This briefing looks at recent reports.