Policy Briefings


HCLG Committee Report: Land Value Capture

October 11, 2018

The issue of securing uplifts in land value associated with public policy interventions is difficult and controversial. However, it is important for infrastructure investment accompanying development, including housing development. A recent HCLG Committee report, and this briefing, reflect the issue’s complexity and associated controversies.


Access to elections: tackling disability

October 9, 2018

Evidence has been accumulating that many challenges and barriers are built into the electoral process for people experiencing disabilities. While some measures have been taken to address mobility and visual issues, those with learning difficulties or mental illness are facing particular obstacles that are not yet being addressed.



Prosperity and Justice: a plan for the new economy

October 4, 2018

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)’s Commission on Economic Justice has been working for nearly two years on proposals for fundamental reform of the British economy. We look at its final report here.


DfE research: Secondary school choice and selection

October 3, 2018

DfE publication ‘Secondary school choice and selection’ looks at how parental choice and admissions vary across different English cities, and for different socio-demographic groups within those cities, and the relationship to social mobility and equality of access.



Immigration after Brexit

October 1, 2018

Immigration seemingly played a major part in deciding the EU referendum in 2016. With the UK due to leave the European Union in six months’ time, a debate is underway on how the UK’s immigration system should look at the start of the next decade.


Brexit Update: September 2018

September 27, 2018

Brexit is at a critical, and unpredictable, stage. This update focuses and comments on the latest news, immigration, the economy, a possible no deal scenario, Scotland and Ireland


The 100-year life: the role of housing, planning and design

September 26, 2018

By 2025, 8.2 million households will be headed by someone over 65. This paper from SCIE and partners focuses on some of the biggest challenges that affect housing in later life and on the improvements which could make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of an ageing population.