Policy Briefings

Youth services policy round-up

January 13, 2017

A number of inititiaves for young people outside of school education are being encouraged and developed by the Government. This briefing looks at the proposed youth strategy, the progress of the National Citizen Service Bill, funding and Council strategies for securing youth services.


Top five challenges for the local government workforce

January 12, 2017

What are the key workforce challenges for local government and how can they be met? This briefing summarises research from the University of Birmingham and draws insights from our interviews with chief executives and directors on the major challenges and the broader context in which they are working.


Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2016

January 12, 2017

The latest biennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was published in December 2016 with much public debate about the overall ranking of participating countries. There is though much more in the accompanying analyses, and this CSN Briefing looks at what else we can learn about the performance of UK…


On Your Radar December 2016 – January 2017

January 11, 2017

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months.



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Weekly Policy Summary: 6th January

January 6, 2017

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.


State of the nation 2016: social mobility in Great Britain

January 6, 2017

The Social Mobility Commission's 2016 report is a long and very thorough look at parenting and early years; schools; post-16 education and training; jobs, careers and earnings; and housing. A large amount of data is used to illustrate and support the Commission’s analysis and argument for a new, longer term…


National Audit Office Report on Benefit Sanctions

January 5, 2017

The NAO has published a report on the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime. It is difficult to conclusively assess their impact. However, it is suggested sanctions may lead to extra public spending in local authority funded welfare support. The DWP does not intend to carry out further reviews.


Health, public health and social care round up: December 2016

January 4, 2017

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.


Trends in Funding and Spending

January 2, 2017

DCLG released final Revenue Outturn (RO) data for 2015/16 on 17 November 2016. This briefing provides analysis on RO data over recent years, to identify trends. This analysis will be of interest to finance officers and councillors with finance responsibilities, from all tiers of local government.


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