Policy Briefings


DfE: Fostering better outcomes

August 10, 2018

‘Fostering better outcomes’ is the DfE’s response to two reports on improving local authority fostering of children covering improving the experience of children in foster care, greater stability, giving more responsibility to foster parents, better ways of matching parents to children, and new approaches to commissioning foster placements.



Rolling Out Universal Credit: NAO Report

August 7, 2018

This briefing deals with the NAO’s June 2018 report on the roll out of Universal Credit. It will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority concerned with in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.



Holiday Lets and Second Homes: the impacts

August 2, 2018

There are parts of the UK where there are growing numbers of second homes, holiday homes and increasingly Airbnbs. Both the benefits and costs are often disputed: we consider evidence about their impact on housing, public services and communities in this briefing.


DfE research: Children’s Social Care: what LAs think

August 2, 2018

DfE research Childrens Social Care what LAs think Summary In May 2018 the DfE published its Children’s Services Wave 3 research report. The report sets out findings from the third wave of the DfE Children’s Services Omnibus Survey. This survey explored senior local authority leaders’ perceptions and activities relating to…



2019/20 Local Government Finance Settlement: technical consultation

July 31, 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s technical consultation on the Finance Settlement asks just four technical questions, covering the four-year settlement, proposals for new business rates pilots, the New Homes Bonus baseline, council tax referendum principles and proposals for dealing with the problem of negative revenue support grant


DfE research: Delayed entry to primary school

July 27, 2018

The age which young children at the start of primary education is complex and has changed frequently over time, and so has the educational provision. This briefing unpacks recent changes by looking at a recent DfE research report on delaying admission for summer born children.