Policy Briefings


The Prospectus for 2019 Voter ID pilots: what you need to know

August 28, 2018

The Electoral Commission report into the May 2018 voter ID pilots has been published. Councils may be considering whether to take part in any future pilot studies. What do they need to know? And what should they demand from any study in which they might be asked to participate?


Local Government in Finland: an insight

August 23, 2018

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world and offers an insight into the local government system in Finland, and the trends and issues affecting it.


Welfare Conditionality Project: Final Findings Report

August 22, 2018

The final report of a five-year ESRC-supported project on welfare conditionality will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.


High Speed Rail update – Summer 2018

August 21, 2018

This briefing reports on key developments on the HS2 project and related activities since September 2017. It includes an overview of recent government decisions relating to the second phase of HS2, an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project and a roundup of other related developments.


The social housing green paper

August 20, 2018

The long-awaited green paper on social housing has been published. Will it represent significant changes to how council housing is delivered, regulated and financed?


Alternative provision and exclusions: Commons Education Committee

August 16, 2018

The Commons Education Committee report 'Forgotten children' finds that alternative provision (AP) is seen as a forgotten part of the education system, side-lined and stigmatised as somewhere only the very worst behaved pupils go. However, this is not the case, but the quality of provision is far too variable. And…


Sustainable tourism or fatal attraction?

August 15, 2018

Tourism has often been pointed to as a possible source of income, jobs and development in more deprived areas of the UK. However, it presents its own opportunities and challenges. This briefing examines some of the advantages and disadvantages of encouraging tourism, particularly in more rural or remote areas.


Housing and planning round-up August 2018

August 14, 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is supported housing.