Policy Briefings


‘Keeping kids safe’: Children’s Commissioner – gang violence etc

March 5, 2019

There are an estimated 27,000 children in England who identify as gang members, only a fraction of whom are known to children’s services. Local areas are not facing up to the scale of the problem, are not taking notice of the risk factors and are not listening to parents and…


Brexit and the UK Economy

March 4, 2019

How has the UK economy developed since the EU referendum, and how does this compare with what was said before the referendum? Economic considerations are not the only issue in the brexit debate, but the economic implications of brexit are likely to be profound and need to be clearly understood.


The future of journalism

February 28, 2019

The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.


Academy accounts and performance – Commons Public Accounts Committee

February 28, 2019

Academy accounts and performance – Commons Public Accounts Committee Summary The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report Academy accounts and performance (HC 1597, 23 January 2019). It is part of the committee’s ongoing work scrutinising the accounting and management of public spending by the Department…


Planning for Affordable Housing

February 26, 2019

The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.


Housing and planning round-up February 2019

February 24, 2019

This month’s round-up features housebuilding news and include items on a new complaints service, overcrowding, brexit, renting back right to buy homes, planning appeals and garden towns. It lists the latest consultations.


Tackling disadvantage in the early years – Commons Education Committee

February 21, 2019

The report finds that despite the government's efforts to improve early years education, there is lack of direction in the approach. Reform of the 30 hours free childcare offer is sought to help disadvantaged children as part of a strategy to join up early years services and build on the…



LGiU & MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2019

February 18, 2019

The LGiU & MJ State of Local Government Finance Survey 2019 gives a snapshot of the key pressures facing councils and the impact of ongoing financial uncertainty on their communities, through the views of senior councillors and officers. The survey questions covered topics including income sources, confidence, service level spending…