Policy Briefings

Housing and planning round-up April 2018

April 19, 2018

Our new 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 right to buy.

DfE consultation: Home Education

April 18, 2018

The MHCLG Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper committed the Government to reviewing the Home Education. Where it is not done well, home education can further reduce social mixing and risk exposing children to harmful views and practices. The review seeks views on the registration of children educated at home, the…

Council tax in 2018-19

April 16, 2018

This briefing looks at council tax increases across types of local authorities, the social care precept effect and what may happen in 2019-20

DfE consultation: Independent School Regulation

April 13, 2018

The DfE is revising the standards which independent schools must meet to comply with their registration requirements in response to calls for greater regulatory powers in the Integrated Communities Strategy and resolve inconsistencies in standards and regulation between different types of schools.

The revised National Planning Policy Framework

April 12, 2018

The government is currently consulting on changes to the NPPF. We examine here proposals relating to housing delivery and affordable housing, place-making, transport, conservation and sustainability.

PIP and ESA Assessments: Work and Pensions Committee Reports

April 10, 2018

The Parliamentary Select Committee for Work and Pensions has produced two reports on the assessment process for PIP and EAS. The Committee's inquiry prompted an unprecedented response from the public, much of it reporting on individual experiences.

The Integrated Communities Strategy Green Paper

April 9, 2018

Migration levels have become a high profile issue over recent years and there are concerns over how well migrants are integrating into British life and the increasing levels of prejudice and hate crime. The government launched its Integrated Communities Strategy green paper in March 2018.

DfE evidence calls: Exclusions, alternative provision and children in need

April 6, 2018

The DfE has launched a programme to improve the educational experiences and outcomes for children with additional needs and those living in challenging circumstances covering an external review of school exclusions which commences (evidence call closes 6 May); reforms to alternative provision; and a review of outcomes and support for…

Sport England Local Delivery Pilots (LDPs)

April 5, 2018

Twelve Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) areas, described here, will receive an investment of up to £100 million over the next four years to trial innovative projects to build healthier and more active communities as part of the UK’s national strategy Sporting Future.