Policy Briefings


The Irish Option – Changing the Way Councils Respond to Travellers

May 7, 2019

Tackling illegal traveller sites has always been highly contentious for councils. The Home Secretary has set out draft measures to make it easier to remove travellers from land they should not be on and also plans to consider making it a criminal offence to set up illegal encampments.


Local Elections 2019: the results

May 3, 2019

248 councils across England went to the polls yesterday, including many district councils, metropolitan districts and various unitary councils. LGiU live blogged the elections from start to finish – thanks to those who joined us on the live blog and on Twitter.  This briefing covers the net gains and losses…


Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2019

May 1, 2019

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.


Children not in school: DfE consultation and guidance on home education

May 1, 2019

DfE is consulting (until 24 June 2019) on legislation to place three new duties on local authorities: keep a register of home educated children; monitor suitability of home education; and support home educators. New guidance to local authorities on home education has been published.


The future of seaside towns

April 30, 2019

The problems facing seaside towns stem from a combination of geography and wider industrial decline. A Lords committee says they must reinvent themselves by making more effective use of their assets. There needs to be increased government investment providing better transport, housing and digital infrastructure and new tailored enterprise zones.


Affordable Renting? Learning from the Mietpreisbremese experience in Berlin

April 26, 2019

Urban population growth and increases in housing costs often go hand in hand. This briefing explores how the classic approaches to affordable renting followed by local authorities are producing poorer results, and how the revival of price ceiling control seems to be having positive results in Berlin.



Off-rolling pupils – EPI research and the local authority response

April 24, 2019

The unexplained disappearance (off-rolling) of approximately 50,000 a pupils from years 10 and 11 is a significant issue given that such children are known to have reduced life chances. This briefing looks at the methodology of the Education Policy Institute in calculating the number of off-rolled pupils. The local authority…


Monitoring and Evaluation of local climate change adaptation

April 24, 2019

Global temperatures have already increased by 1.0°C compared to pre-industrial levels. Adaptation is becoming increasingly important, but most local authorities do not have comprehensive adaptation plans in place. Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation is a useful tool to demonstrate progress, communicate with stakeholders, motivate internal stakeholders and increase funding allocations.