This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period, including the implications of the publicity code and illustrates how councils are able to use it to tackle discriminatory election campaigns provided they act objectively.
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Updates on the new school curriculum which will be mandatory from September 2020, and the debate around its contents.
In this international briefing, we consider examples of how different countries are working to resolve homelessness. It touches on the Housing First model, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.
This month’s round-up includes news on housing benefit, the Letwin Review, and social housing rent rises. It also lists ongoing consultations.
The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.
2018 was a tough year for retailers, with household names going into administration or announcing major restructuring and store closures. The HCLG committee concludes they are on the brink, yet with the right strategic leadership they can thrive in the future. Local authorities should be at the heart of this.
The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood .finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.
Working Families and Bright Horizons Family Solutions have published their Modern Families Index, produced annually since 2012. It looks at how working families manage the balance between work and family in the UK.
The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.
Why has the 5 A Day campaign failed to improve people’s eating habits and how can barriers to change be removed?