Policy Briefings

Education for the modern world – CBI-Pearson 2018 report

January 3, 2019

The annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills report, now done with Pearson, is based on a survey on businesses of all sizes. It provides insights into what British business wants, where improvements in current arrangements are required, and lessons for local government in working with local employers.



Civil Society Futures: the independent inquiry

December 20, 2018

Civil Society Futures, a two-year independent inquiry into the future of civil society, aiming to provide a clear vision for the role of civil society in England over the next ten years, has been published. We summarise and comment on this comprehensive report in this briefing.


Ofsted Annual Report 2017-18

December 19, 2018

Ofsted’s Annual Report covers inspection evidence from early years, schools, children’s social care, and further education and skills as well as the inspectorate’s advice to government. Change was mostly positive but schools ‘stuck in a cycle of poor performance’ unregistered schools, reduction in LA funding, and parents taking responsibility were…



Planning 2020: The Raynsford Review of Planning in England

December 18, 2018

The recently published Raynsford review final report on planning concludes with a wide range of recommendations to improve the system, including criticism of permitted development, shared by many others in local government.


DfE: Schools causing concern: November 2018

December 14, 2018

The DfE has updated the guidance on Schools Causing Concern to take account of changes announced in May by the Secretary of State: the designation of a local authority maintained school as coasting will not lead to an Academy Order but to additional support being offered is part of several…


Housing and planning round-up December 2018

December 13, 2018

Fire safety, homelessness, sales of social housing and the future of the planning system all feature in this month's housing and planning round-up. There are also details of ongoing consultations covering high street planning, classifying second homes as holiday lets and shared ownership schemes


Shared services

December 11, 2018

Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers


Going to town – putting towns on the policy map

December 10, 2018

There has been less focus on towns as ‘engines of growth’ for the national economy, yet millions of people live, work, shop and socialise in towns. This briefing provides an overview of research and approaches used by governments to support towns in the UK and Ireland.