The Social Mobility Commission has published a comprehensive audit highlighting what it describes as a “disappointing level of [UK] government action” on social mobility over the last seven years. In this briefing, we explore the findings, which comprehensively cover many major policy areas relating to social mobility.
The second Queen’s Speech of the year provided confirmation of the commitments made in the General Election campaign, as well as a few surprises in the form of reviews and Commissions. Here is what’s relevant for English local government.
‘T-levels’ are part of the next steps in FE reform programme (see policy briefing published with this). T-levels describe the 15 new technical routes (or pathways) for progress into employment that are being developed (for commencement in 2020) to rationalise the current plethora (estimated 13,000) of courses and qualifications. Each route has qualifications as well…
Swift Read: Something we can all agree on? Public opinion on the environment in towns and cities in the UK
Residents of villages, towns and cities in the UK are more united in their concern for the environment than one might assume given their often different political identities, according to research from the Centre for Towns. This could herald bolder national and local action to deliver the UK’s net-zero target.
After four months of political gridlock, the month of July saw the new government endure a series of political crises and gaffes that no doubt left it relieved to have a degree of respite during the Dáil recess in August. This briefing provides an overview of Oireachtas activity in July, including the recovery stimulus package…
Following the success of the pilot, the What Works Community launches officially today; a programme helping local authorities improve their use of evidence and data to achieve results in tackling homelessness. Dr Ligia Teixeira, Chief Executive of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, tells us about their work so far – and how your council can…
Scottish Government recently released its latest ‘Inward Investment Plan’. In this briefing, we discuss the contents of the plan as well as the extent to which inward investment aligns with Scotland’s aspirational values as a future net-zero economy with the principles of fair work and sustainable, inclusive growth at its heart.
This briefing calls on the results of two recent reports to examine the place of the Barnett formula and council tax within Scottish devolution. The main focuses are on how the Barnett formula operates, the parallels between the two systems, and the weaknesses of both.
Fire safety is the big issue in this month’s roundup, with the government facing pressure to stop leaseholders in England being landed with hefty bills for removing cladding and other safety measures. The roundup also includes shared ownership, starter homes, housebuilding figures and the recent social housing white paper.
The focus of this briefing is the impact that COVID-19 restrictions introduced by the federal and state governments have had on local government service provision, how local government is supporting their local economies, and how they are dealing with the financial challenges in the short- and long-term.