This briefing provides an overview of recent Office for National Statistics (ONS) place-based statistics about your area – including demographic, economic, housing, electoral and wellbeing postings, as well as ONS’s approach to Covid-19 data. Local authorities should ensure their intelligence capabilities are fit for evidence-informed decision-making.
The funding of schools in England is a controversial issue. This briefing looks at the National Audit Office (NAO) July 2021 report ‘School funding in England’. In the light of national decisions on overall funding and the DfE consultation on the next steps of the national funding formula (close of consultation 30 September 2021).
Of the various aspects of the Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review, this briefing focuses on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s October 2021 Economic and Fiscal Outlook report which assesses the feasibility of the Chancellor’s tax and spending plans in the context of the current fiscal rules.
Leading early years provision is a major role for local government in England. Starting in September 2021 there will be major changes to the government’s (DfE) framework for early years provision – the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). September is also the start of Reception Baseline Assessment (RBA) when children start in school. This briefing…
Of the various aspects of Budget 2021, this briefing focuses on the Office for Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) March 2021 Economic and Fiscal Outlook (EFO) report, but there is also brief commentary on major tax announcements and the extension of Covid-related crisis measures into late 2021.
This briefing deals with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) 2021 Green Budget, which the IFS normally publishes shortly before the Government’s annual Budget; this year’s Green Budget was published on 12 October, a little more than two weeks before this year’s Spending Review and autumn Budget on 27 October.
Audit Scotland’s report ‘Improving outcomes for young people through school education’ suggests that whilst attainment and progression have improved, progress is not fast enough and is uneven across local authorities. This briefing covers the Audit Scotland report and other recent reports on the school system from Scotland Government and voluntary bodies.
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.
Managing the process of admission of children to schools remains one of the key local government education tasks in England. To support this, there is a School Admissions Code. The Department for Education (DfE) in England has published a revised version (May 2021) of the Code. This briefing looks at the revised Code and also…