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BEIS Committee Report: Sector Deals

May 21, 2019

The BEIS Committee’s report on industrial strategy addresses the processes of securing sector deals and what has been achieved or agreed through them so far. The process has tended to favour sectors that have already received significant state funding and ignoring the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of low productivity.


What outcomes matter when it comes to mental health?

May 20, 2019

Measuring outcomes in mental health services is complex and difficult, with professionals and service users often having different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it. This challenge is considered in the King’s Fund's “Outcomes for mental health services – what really matters?”.


Disability and Incapacity Benefits and Universal Credit

May 16, 2019

ESA claimants will be among the single largest claimant group within managed migration to Universal Credit. What are the implications of migration for this very large group of people? Recent reports have given some idea of the scale of the transition and how it varies among local areas.





Housing and planning round-up May 2019

May 13, 2019

This month's round-up includes the latest news on homelessness, permitted development, new housing permissions, and ongoing consultations.



Adaptation actions in cities: what works?

May 9, 2019

Climate change adaptation is an issue of increasing urgency. AECOM’s report for Defra compiled and analysed case studies in five cities to answer how we can evaluate the impact on climate risk of adaptation actions and what characteristics of successful actions or projects may be transferable to other projects.


New Councillors: advice and support

May 8, 2019

Being elected as a councillor is exciting, but can be overwhelming. This briefing is a taster of what the LGiU can help you with and what will be useful to focus on in your first weeks in your new role.