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…
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.
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 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.
While media presentation of house prices seems, at times, to resemble a recreational pursuit, there are substantive issues involved. Price levels and trends are both critical to affordability and an important indicator of housing market health and sustainability. This briefing, a follow up to that of 5 January 2021, House prices: 2020 visions, which reflected…
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.
The Spending Review represents something of a mixed bag for English councils. The continuation of support for Covid-19 measures and the increase in core spending power will be welcomed, but the further delays to long-awaited reviews mean that inequalities in funding will continue.
The report ‘Generation COVID: The economic impact of COVID-19 on young people in the United Kingdom’, published in May 2021 by the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Youth Affairs, puts a spotlight on the economic impact of the pandemic on young people and calls for better financial, educational and employment support for young people…