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Productivity and Low Wages

June 19, 2018

This briefing deals with three reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the relationship between low pay and productivity and with the eighth report in an annual series on low pay in Britain by the Resolution Foundation.

Housing and planning round-up June 2018

June 18, 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is fire safety.

Grenfell: one year on

June 14, 2018

It is one year today since the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower. We look back here at the last year: what lessons can we learn from the inquiries taking place and from the accounts and experiences of Grenfell survivors and community groups?

School Organisation – Free School Presumption

June 14, 2018

The DfE has issued updated advice on the Free School Presumption, the procedure which local authorities use to fulfil their duty to secure sufficient schools for their areas. The new advice strengthens the local authority role in project managing new school buildings and choosing an Academy Trust to manage the…

Fire safety in housing

June 12, 2018

There are several investigations into the Grenfell fire taking place. We summarise these and consider what has been happening since the fire to improve fire safety in high-rise residential buildings.

Brexit update June 2018

June 10, 2018

This update focuses particularly the latest brexit news, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill , and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into brexit and local government.

Does the welfare system discriminate unfairly against disabled people?

June 6, 2018

The 2010 welfare reforms were the largest change to the benefit system since the Beveridge Report. Eight years on the system is still work in progress, with concerns around whether it is delivering against its objectives. This briefing considers the impact of the reforms on disabled people.

Select Committee Report: Business Rates Retention

June 4, 2018

The HCLG select committee's inquiry into business rates retention focuses on how councils have been affected by the resulting uncertainty and the delay in implementation. It examines the wider concerns about the design and operation of the reformed system and calls for increased funding and greater fiscal devolution.

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