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Resolution Foundation: Low Pay Britain 2019

July 18, 2019

This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.


Housing and planning round-up July 2019

July 17, 2019

This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications, right to buy sales, and the latest consultations. The big issue is housebuilding.


Recent ONS place-based statistics and intelligence

July 16, 2019

This briefing provides an overview of selected recent ONS releases of place-based statistics at local authority level – especially population estimates and forecasts, labour market, household income, housing, productivity, and electoral statistics. It highlights the importance to local authorities of analysing what they tell us.


Locked-up children – Children’s Commissioner

July 12, 2019

This briefing looks at children whose lives are behind closed doors ‘asking who they are and where they are living. It looks at what we know and crucially what we don't know about them, so that we can begin to assess whether they are getting the most appropriate support'.



Swift Read: Estimating child poverty locally across Scotland

July 11, 2019

Why should child poverty be measured? This briefing looks at the case for effective data to understand the scale and nature of the local problem, to benchmark local experience of child poverty against those of other areas and to measure change to ascertain the extent to which interventions are working.


Swift Read: Help to Buy – The National Audit Office view

July 10, 2019

A review of help to buy published by the NAO notes that, by 2023, the government will have invested up to £29 billion in the scheme, making it the most expensive government housing initiative. It will have potentially supported about 462,000 property purchases. But does it represent value for money?


South Tyneside Council’s comprehensive approach to combatting modern slavery

July 9, 2019

Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader - have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside's Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.


Local government leadership – how diverse is it really?

July 8, 2019

How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.


Better Schools for All?

July 5, 2019

This Nuffield Foundation funded research is another look at school effectiveness using the standard school and pupil datasets. In addition, data from school staff human resource management is compared to other settings and linked to school improvement. Organisational commitment is higher in schools than in other workplaces.