In August 2022, The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) published five papers on educational inequalities. This briefing deals with the largest of these, education inequalities.
This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key, new documents that impact local government and public services in Scotland. Topics include poverty, urban planning, finance, climate change and education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy…
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.
A wealth of research has been assembled about the effect of COVID-19 and lockdowns on the lives of children and young people. This briefing looks at learning loss, who it affects and the implications for mental health and wellbeing, using research mainly conducted in England.
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.
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.
This briefing looks at the data from a release illustrating the short-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on population growth and settlement patterns across Australia and what it means for local governments across Australia.
The Centre for Cities has published research on the pandemic’s impact on urban high streets and their prospects for recovery. Covid-19 restrictions cost businesses a third of their potential takings and thousands of outlets have closed. Surprisingly, the pandemic hit stronger places the hardest, whereas weaker high streets have fared better.
This briefing looks at the experience of Covid-19 in Ireland and reflects on the role played by the local authorities while also looking towards the future and the impending challenges that now face local government in light of recent events in Ukraine.
The best of the rest. A survey of the freshest thinking on local democracy and governance and all the issues impacting local government worldwide.