The (former) Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published a report on the digital economy covering current government support for the digital economy, and issues such as the rise of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies, regulation and consumer protection, intellectual property, digital skills and the implications of Brexit for the UK’s digital industry.
This briefing looks at how councils can work effectively with the media, including tips for elected members and officers on how to approach interviews with journalists. It is the first in a series on local government communications.
September and early October saw the release of a number of documents relating to the 2017 revaluation. These were issued by the VOA and DCLG. There was also an observation published by the IFS on the 28 September releases. This report summarises these publications and comments on them.
The publication of the combined Autumn Statement and Spending Review was the pivotal event for setting the economic agenda in this parliament. An on-the-day briefing was published by the LGiU - this briefing provides a fuller analysis, focusing in particular on deficit reduction, local government, welfare, and housing.
With so much going on in the housing market in Ireland at the moment it is easy to lose track. In an effort to address this, LGiU Ireland have commissioned a pilot series of monthly briefings to keep you up to date with developments. This is the first in this series of briefings.
This briefing details the state of mental health in the UK as well as the government’s recent commitments to a package of measures to transform mental health support and CCGs response.
‘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…
The NAO’s report on air quality is to support the work of a joint inquiry by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees. Air quality is a cross‑government responsibility, in which local authorities have a crucial role.
Demand for mental health services is at an all-time high with organisations issuing warnings of the real impact this is having on children, adults and staff. The government have recently committed to prioritising mental health with a series of measures aiming to transform mental health services. Is this working?
Since devolution, Scotland has pursued a very different housing policy to England. The success of this divergence will show if the actions taken mark a new beginning for social housing and perhaps an approach that might be copied in England.