...really light-hearted reading. I flicked through it after it came out and was like ‘bad news on every page’. JG We tried! But there wasn’t any [good news]… ...
The National Audit Office (NAO) has conducted a value for money study of the DfE's management of the supply of school teachers. Concerns are expressed about the cost-effectiveness DfE's teacher supply model and finds that the DfE has missed targets for four years running. This is CSN's briefing on the NAO report.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) published, just before the election, the results of its inquiry into the effects of the continuing overall shortfall in housing supply, looking at housing policies and welfare benefits to establish whether the total money spent on housing was effective in increasing housing supply.
The government’s communities framework – ‘By deeds and their results’ sets out what makes a strong community and how best to create one through actions of government and other organisations or partners, including local government.
Covid-19 has increased the pace at which Scotland’s councils are delivering services through digital technology. A new report from Accounts Commission finds that councils are at different stages of digital transformation and that greater collaboration, use of shared expertise, citizen engagement and strategic planning are needed to fully realise the potential.
The King’s Fund published a paper late last year entitled “The digital revolution: eight technologies that will change health and care”. This briefing outlines the King’s Fund’s findings and explores the potential challenges and risks to local authorities and other NHS bodies.
This briefing covers two housing consultations; the most recent , the “Pay to Stay” consultation concerns the government’s desire to enable social landlords to charge high earning tenants a market or near market rent. The consultation closing date is 12 September 2012. The second consultation concerns the circumstances under which an offer of private rented…
'- On 18 July 2013, the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee published the report of its inquiry into the private housing rented sector (“The Private Rented Sector”). - The report contained 43 specific recommendations for improving the operation of the growing private rented market whilst still allowing the market to develop…
More services are being provided in-house by local and central government, with Covid-19 accelerating the move away from outsourcing. But has outsourcing really had its day? A new Institute for Government report sets out what councils should ask when deciding whether to insource.
A review of help to buy published by the NAO notes that, by 2023, the government will have invested up to £29 billion in the scheme, making it the most expensive government housing initiative. It will have potentially supported about 462,000 property purchases. But does it represent value for money?