Andrew Walker outlines new cross-country research on whole systems funding for autonomy and innovation in local government.
Australia is currently experiencing significant challenges concerning its labour force productivity and skills shortages. The Federal Government’s upcoming Jobs and Skills Summit will discuss these challenges and consider ways to overcome them, seeking to increase equitable workforce participation and boost productivity. This briefing reviews the issues paper released for the Summit.
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…
Every elected councillor is responsible for ensuring that their council has effective financial governance, yet local government finance is viewed by many as difficult to get to grips with. These online training sessions are designed to provide elected councillors with a thorough grounding in the key elements of local government finance and funding.
The independent review of children’s social care in England, led by Josh MacAlister, was published its final report in May 2022. This briefing provides a simple regional analysis of cost trends described in that report – namely, the rises in looked after children and the costs of children’s social care.
New research into alternative sources of funding local government, share your experience in a one page survey.
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 looks at a recent Local Government Audit Service report on the impact of Covid on local government, providing a series of criteria that audit committees should consider in addressing their important role in each local authority.
This policy round-up is essential reading and provides a summary of key documents that impact local government in Scotland. From urban planning to finance, climate change to education, these publications will help to shape and inform policy and delivery of services in Scotland, including social, economic and environmental future policy contexts.
This briefing looks at some of the main features of the Scottish Government’s Resource Spending Review (published on 31st May) and the impact the new spending plans will have on local councils. It also uses the recently-published Accounts Commission Local Government Overview 2022 to assess how prepared councils are to meet the challenges ahead.