With the deadlock at Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government dragging on, this blog documents the importance of local governance in NI and the role and potential of councils in relation to the current impasse at Stormont.
This briefing reviews the most recent ONS statistics on GDP growth, labour market performance, and inflation – roughly one year on from the start of relaxations in Covid restrictions. It includes a brief review of the latest Fiscal Risks and Sustainability report produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility.
Our new, monthly policy round-up for England provides a summary of key policy and practice documents affecting local government. This edition covers policy/research papers from June and early July 2022, a period dominated by political instability, the cost of living crisis, gloomy economic news and industrial action.
Children in poverty: Work and Pensions Committee report on families with no recourse to public funds
This briefing deals with the Work and Pensions Committee’s report on children living in families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF). Many non-UK nationals with leave to remain in the UK cannot claim the majority of social security benefits available to UK citizens.
This briefing outlines around 20 UK Shared Prosperity Fund papers published on 13 April 2022. It also briefly considers Levelling Up Fund Round Two application guidance and a technical note published on the same day for this related £4.8bn fund.
This briefing focuses on the Office for Budgetary Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which accompanied the Spring Statement on 23 March, together with the OBR’s assessment of the Chancellor’s fiscal plans, including a summary of the measures announced in the statement and an assessment of the cost of living crisis.
Just months away from its launch, uncertainty surrounds the shared prosperity fund and whether it will make up for EU money that paid for regional and local economic development in the UK prior to Brexit.
This briefing deals with a report published in October 2021 by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (the Committee) on its inquiry into the agricultural transition in England and Environmental Land Management (ELM). The transition represents the most significant changes to English agriculture in decades.
This briefing uses two recent reports to look at how devolution has developed over the past decade and how Scottish Government funding has changed over the same period. It examines some of the challenges faced regarding implications of Brexit, Covid-19 recovery, and the way government is funded, including the Barnett formula.