Issues in relation to proposals for awards and examinations in 2020 and 2021 are discussed, including their impact on delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, the likelihood of grade inflation in 2020, equalities impacts and their effect on the publication of performance tables and the school accountability regime.
In the following briefing, Dr. Seán Ó’Riordáin provides an overview of the budget with a particular focus on local government and issues of concern to the local authorities in Ireland. The briefing has this focus as invariably big-ticket spending such as Education and Health unsurprisingly will be the focus of the national media. Nonetheless, there…
The Oireachtas continue to sit on a limited basis throughout March, and as the Dáil broke up for the Easter recess there was a profound sense that the progress of the vaccine roll out over the next 8-10 weeks were going to be crucial. Meanwhile, tensions continued to increase in Northern Ireland as unionist attitudes towards…
This briefing considers the likely implications for Ireland’s overall housing market following the housing supply proposals in the Government’s new Housing for All plan.
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently making its way through Parliament, contains a number of significant provisions relating to the youth justice system for England and Wales. This briefing focuses upon those measures.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer is expected to announce the results of the Government’s review of expenditure for 2020-21 on Wednesday, 25 November 2020. This briefing looks at the prospects for school and 16-19 education, family and children’s social care services, early years and youth services.
A few weeks on from its announcement, it is timely to reflect on the Budget’s implications for the key issue of housing supply. This briefing summarises the main housing provisions which feature significant expenditure proposals, especially for social housing with increased emphasis on new-build, along with new measures to promote “affordable” housing.
The views of developers and economic commentators on house prices do not always correspond, so the fact that recent comments by the Irish Home Builders Association (IHBA) have been largely matched by those of the ESRI, the Central Bank, and a number of individual commentators, would seem to warrant serious attention.
Two private members Bills amending education legislation received Royal Assent on 30 April 2021: the Education and Training (Welfare of Children) Act 2021 and the Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021. This briefing describes the new legislation and comments on their application.
The Provisional Settlement setting out the government’s proposals for council funding in 2021-22 was published on 17 December. We outline the main features, look at the worrying extent to which councils will be reliant upon council taxes for increases in funding, and summarise the Covid-19 support package.