The Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL) have produced a report Ethical standards for the providers of public services, following research commissioned from Ipsos MORI ‘to test the expectations and assurance of ethical standards in the public service market’, given that ‘public services are increasingly being delivered from those outside the public sector’. The…
This briefing covers the House of Commons Public Affairs Committee (PAC) report about academies and their performance. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.
The government should not only be building more housing, but more social housing. According to MPs, an extra 90,000 homes for social rent are needed in England – more than ten times that being built at present. But what notice, if any, will ministers take of the select committee report?
Ensuring availability and affordability of housing, to rent or buy, and market stability, poses major policy challenges for 2019 and beyond, with no easy answers and few risk-free options. This briefing covers the past, present and future of the current housing crisis and what we can do.
This briefing reports on key developments in the HS2 project and other high speed rail proposals since the last briefing on HS2 in December 2014. It includes a summary of a recent House of Lords report on the case for HS2 and the latest proposal for an east-west rail link.
This update focuses particularly the latest Brexit news, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into Brexit and local government
This update focuses particularly the latest brexit news, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into brexit and local government.
This briefing looks at how the provision of green infrastructure, including urban waterways and wetlands, can both stimulate the economy through ‘building back greener’ at the same time as helping to mitigate climate change and biodiversity loss.
The necessary response to one public health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, may be inadvertently creating a different one behind closed doors – a rise in domestic violence. Councils have a crucial role to play in maintaining domestic abuse services and support during this period.
This briefing considers issues relating to housing affordability and credit in the context of the debate regarding the Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules. Relaxation of the rules could be rationalised from particular perspectives. In the short term, it would help some to purchase and would boost activity in various “property”-related services. However, given housing supply…