Policy Briefings

The Two-Child Limit in Child Tax Credit and Universal Credit

September 6, 2019

This briefing deals with what is known so far about the Two Child Policy which began in April 2017. Through the policy, income support provided to families through tax credits, Housing Benefit or Universal Credit (UC), has been limited to two children.


School Transport – DfE consultation and current state of provision

September 6, 2019

The draft revised guidance clarifies LA statutory duties on home to school transport responding to concerns that some policies contain unlawful elements or are unclear and difficult to understand. Consultation closes 31 October 2019. The briefing also surveys the current state of provision.


Local industrial strategies – taking stock and looking forward

September 5, 2019

The briefing reviews the seven Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) so far agreed with the Government and published. It considers the emerging approaches to the LIS and how far they will be an enduring major part of the sub-national economic growth landscape.


Spending Round 2019 – Headlines from the Chancellor’s speech

September 4, 2019

The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year.…


NatCen British Social Attitudes Survey 2019

September 4, 2019

Every year NatCen surveys over 3,000 randomly selected people about life in Britain and their views on how the country is being run. The latest survey gives an insight into changing social and political attitudes which will be of interest to local government as community leaders, service providers and employers.


Health, public health and social care round up: August 2019

September 3, 2019

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.



Embedding the environment in your Local Industrial Strategy

August 29, 2019

How do local areas reconcile environmental needs with the industrial, commercial and residential development envisaged in Local Industrial Strategies? How do predominately rural areas pursue a modern industrial strategy? And how do mostly urban areas meet the government’s environmental expectations?


Brexit: Children’s Services and Education – DfE guidance

August 28, 2019

Six documents, including guidance on the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit cover local authority children’s care services, schools, further and higher education, those studying in the EU and data protection. Guidance includes what advice to give to parents and workers who are EU citizens and the impact on the supply…