Policy Briefings

The What Works Network – five years on

February 27, 2018

The What Works Centres have pioneered new ways of compiling evidence in areas such as education, local growth and social care. A government report presents key findings from the Network and gives examples of the impact that the Centres have had on public services over the last five years.

Mental health support in UK schools

February 27, 2018

The Place2Be published a study on the provision of mental health services to children and adolescents during the February 2018 Children’s Mental Health Week and found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field (both schools and psychotherapy…

What will be the likely impact on charities of Brexit?

February 26, 2018

The charity sector receives funding directly from the EU and indirectly from the European structural funds. Lack of clarity over how funding gaps could be filled is of concern to charities and to local government. Increased demand on services, a weakened pound and staff recruitment issues add to current uncertainty.

Brexit, the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market

February 22, 2018

Tourism and the creative and digital sectors are a sizeable portion of the UK economy. In January the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published a report on the potential impact of brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.

Schools Adjudicator – 2017 annual report

February 21, 2018

The Schools Adjudicator service allows individuals and local authorities to refer questions over the fairness and reasonableness of school admission arrangements for independent scrutiny. This briefing looks at the just published annual report, covering the whole range of the Chief Adjudicator's work including appeals against an LA direction to a…

China’s ban on ‘foreign garbage’, and what it means

February 19, 2018

The new Chinese restrictions on imports of waste for recycling have led to fears that waste could pile up and recycling rates fall. This briefing explains the ban and its context, then looks at how the government and the recycling industry have responded, as well as considering possible solutions.

Identity, Communities, Regeneration: sense of place in local government

February 15, 2018

What makes a place a place, what makes some places work and others not and how can councils chart the story of their places and respond to the changes that inevitably happen? This briefing summarises our new long read Identity, Communities, Regeneration: sense of place in local government.

Northern Powerhouse Partnership: Educating the North

February 15, 2018

The Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s Educating the North: driving ambition across the powerhouse describes education as ‘perhaps the greatest challenge we face in the North’, and documents that ‘educational attainment in the North of England lags behind the South… This briefing looks at the 14 recommendations covering early years; the impact…

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