The closure of schools to most children between March and July 2020 and the change to remote learning for most children was unprecedented. This briefing looks at National Audit Office (NAO) report examining the actions of the Government in England during the early stages of the pandemic.
This briefing looks at the rental affordability index (RAI) which has been developed by SGS Economics and Planning in partnership with National Shelter, Community Sector Banking, and Brotherhood St Laurence since 2015. Housing affordability is an increasingly important issue for councils, and the RAI provides an easy to understand indicator of rental affordability relative to…
This briefing reviews the Chancellor’s Plan for Jobs which seeks to keep furloughed workers in work, support those who have already lost their job, and targets help for young people leaving education, alongside measures to stimulate demand and create new jobs. The briefing looks at the local implications of the Plan.
LGIU’s Merle Zierke takes a quick spin through a number of the LGiU Ireland briefings you may have missed during 2020, summarising issues that may provide useful insights for Australian local councils and provides the links to the detailed briefings for councillors and council staff who may want to dig a bit deeper.
This briefing is the second of three assessing the Chancellor’s spending announcements made in Spending Round 2019. it looks at the current state of public finances and the shortening available spending headroom under current fiscal rules. A page has been turned on austerity, but much remains uncertain.
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.
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.
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.
New arrangements have commenced for the single inspection of child protection, services for looked after children and care leavers, and LA fostering and adoption services and for the review of Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs). Ofsted has published the outcome of recent consultations on these arrangements and re-published the single inspection framework [full title Framework…
The DfE is consulting until 29 September on Changes to the school admissions code. Launched on 22 July 2014, the proposals include two changes of substance and a number of minor amendments designed to improve the clarity of the document without altering its intended effect. The significant changes are: • To allow schools to give…