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Early Years Education: Two research reports

DfE commissioned Early years research finds socio-economic factors account for longer term outcomes better than regional factors, and an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report finds there remains gaps in understanding of what works in early years education creating problems for policy makers.

England & Wales Briefing

Why Basic Income Matters for Councillors

In this blog Ben Simmons and Cleo Goodman of CBINS give us some background to basic income in Scotland and invite you to participate in a collaborative workshop series that unites academics, practitioners and policy makers. You can listen to more from Ben and Cleo in our recent interview with CBINS.

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LISTEN: 15 (ish) Minutes With… CBINS on Citizen’s Basic Income

Feasibility studies are currently underway to determine the shape of any future basic income pilots in Scotland. Here, in the second instalment of our interview series, we speak to Cleo and Ben from Citizen’s Basic Income Network Scotland about the role these studies are playing and why local councillors should join the discussions. To register…

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After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report deals with the criteria for deciding whether public sector projects are suitable to be run by the private sector, the success of PFI, and how the market is shaped and managed for the private delivery of public sector projects and services.

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DCMS: Civil Society Strategy

The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public…

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Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

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ONS place-based statistics: implications for local authorities

An overview of recent ONS statistical releases on population, housing, labour market, household income, electoral registration, and internet users - together with a discussion on how to ensure LAs are keeping abreast of statistics and using them in their place-shaping and community leadership roles.

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School system research: Evaluating the post-2010 DfE policy

The Self-Improving School Led System (SISS), the dominant Government schools policy since 2010, has been reviewed by a team from the UCL Institute of Education. Findings include the undermining of school autonomy by tight curriculum and assessment requirements; a strengthened hierarchy of schools affecting the willingness of schools to cooperate; and chaotic oversight between central…

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