The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a value for money report on the ‘Help to Buy’ Scheme (“The Help to Buy – equity loan scheme”). It found that the scheme was making homes more affordable and improving access to mortgage finance, but the cost to the taxpayer is uncertain because the Department for Communities…
Ireland, of course, is not alone in having major issues in regard to the provision of fit for purpose housing. Right across the OECD local governments and their national counterparts are facing various forms of housing issues and none more so than our near neighbours in the UK.
Having an ageing population is one of the greatest challenges facing the developed world today, so in recent years, Ireland has taken significant steps to become an age-friendly nation. This briefing covers the work of Age Friendly Ireland and what Scotland can learn from this.
There is a dearth of detailed analysis about the actual number of seasonal labourers working in Scotland’s agriculture sector and their working and living conditions. Scottish Government has commissioned Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) to explore these issues.
The DfE is introducing new measures to assess the performance of secondary schools in 2016. This CSN briefing explains the new measures.
Navigating the Maze of Adult Social Work Services – Assessment, Planning, and Commissioning of Community Care Services
This is the third in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland, and considers the planning, assessment and commissioning of adult community care services. It will be of interest to all those involved in the commissioning and delivery of social work services.
The Independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its annual progress report for 2016. This briefing will outline findings from the report and is relevant for those in local authorities who wish to stay up to date with the latest progress in climate change policy implementation.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…
The McKinsey Center for Government report: Delivering for Citizens – how to triple the success rate for government transformations
McKinsey’s research has found that only 20 per cent of large-scale, transformational government change efforts fully succeed in meeting their objectives. Their recent report sets out five disciplines that they state can more than triple the chances of transformation success.