After two years of Covid-19 and ten years of austerity, public services are in bad shape, according to the latest Performance Tracker from the Institute for Government and CIPFA. This briefing explores the listed ‘common’ problems including Covid backlogs, staff shortages and a legacy of under-investment.
This briefing covers recent reports and statistics that highlight the issues surrounding Scotland’s educational attainment gap and how this may be addressed by intervention from local government and their partners.
This blog series explores the progress of the March 2022 Schools White Paper – several aspects of which require parliamentary legislation before implementation. This first post looks at the future of the Bill, parliamentary procedure and two examples of how education legislation has been handled.
This new edition covers policy/research papers from October/November 2022, which saw another change of prime minister. Rishi Sunak’s first task was to restore economic stability and market confidence. As winter arrives, public services – and the whole country – face tough challenges from the cost of living and industrial unrest.
This round-up summarises the latest UK government announcements on youth services, mainly in England, and looks at key research findings from bodies providing services to young people.
In England, pupils are receiving extra tuition to catch up on learning missed when schools were closed during Covid-19. But what difference has this made so far? And is the national tutoring programme at risk due to funding issues? This new briefing looks at the full picture.
Over five years after the Care Review in Scotland commenced, this briefing explores how the ambitions set out for care experienced children, young people and adults are still to be realised – while also highlighting a range of innovative approaches for local authorities.
This briefing explores the recent Loddon Mallee RDA report, titled Creating viable childcare services in rural areas, and focuses on the steps required to create a sustainable model for early-year childcare in rural communities.
Covering August and September 2022, this latest policy round-up includes a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland. This briefing will be of interest to everyone working in local government and public services.
This briefing provides an update on safeguarding children (child protection) policy and practice and the local authority role in England.