The UK spends £290 billion on public procurement every year, making it an important tool in achieving national and local policy priorities such as promoting economic development. The UK government has published a green paper on reforming procurement rules, with the aim of improving quality, transparency and value for money.
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has delivered his Budget to the House of Commons. The announcement of several new devolution deals, big changes to the business rates system, and the ‘academisation’ of all schools by 2022, are among the biggest changes for local government.
Summary • In July 2013, the Government published the Action for Roads Command Paper, setting out a series of proposals for roads policy to 2021, including the development of a Roads Investment Strategy (RIS) and a proposal to turn the Highways Agency into a government-owned company. • The Department for Transport (DfT) consulted on its…
This briefing looks at how Cavan County Council organised an online ‘Cavan Day’ which united the global Cavan family and laid the foundation for a more interconnected Diaspora. We explore both the local and wider policy contexts and some of the challenges of planning in a pandemic.
Scottish Government has acknowledged the key role of local organisations in the quest to eradicate child poverty in Scotland. This briefing introduces two key developments in recent months, paying particular attention to the responsibilities on local government.
General Election 2017: Conservative Manifesto Forward Together: Our plan for a stronger Britain and a prosperous future
This briefing is one of a series on the general election. It provides a summary of key proposals with relevance to local government in the Conservative Party’s manifesto. We will also be publishing a further briefing on the smaller Westminster parties.
Scottish Local Government Finance Settlement was recently announced in draft form alongside the Scottish Budget, setting out the funding allocated by Scottish Government to each Scottish council for the coming year. This briefing provides a short overview of the key points in the Settlement and how it has been received by the sector.
What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.
Higher Technical Education sits between A-levels and the new T-levels and bachelor’s degrees. There is a shortage of people with such qualifications. The proposals support the Government’s aim of improving take-up of technical education to meet the needs of the economy and business.