Policy Briefings

Housing and planning round-up February 2018

February 15, 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 the private rented sector.

Promoting entrepreneurship in local economies

February 13, 2018

Start-up companies represent an important way to maintain employment and prosperity. A key question for local authorities is determining – and supporting – the factors associated with higher levels of entrepreneurship in their local economy. ‘Neighbourhood economic models’ a report from the Power to Change Research Institute considers this question.

Planning council budgets 2018-19

February 12, 2018

We look here at key factors likely to influence council budget preparation for 2018-19, including the political and economic context, inflationary and service demand pressures and at longer term strategic issues including the government’s funding review and possible revisions to the prudential borrowing code.

DfE consultation – Qualified Teaching Status, and teacher supply update

February 8, 2018

A well-trained, well-paid, competent and independent teaching profession is a necessity for a modern democratic society. However, there continue to be problems with the teaching profession in England. This briefing updates on recent Government initiatives to support teachers including the current consultation on Qualified Teacher Status and workload reduction, entry…

National Audit Office Report on PFI and PF2

February 7, 2018

This NAO report presents information on the rationale, costs and benefits of the Private Finance Initiative, its use and impact, and its ability to make savings from operational contracts; it also deals with the introduction of PF2.

Swift read: Rough sleeping

February 6, 2018

New figures show that the number of people sleeping rough is increasing year-on-year. This briefing looks in detail at the statistics produced last month by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, including figures for individual local authorities between 2010 and 2017.

Time for Towns: Closing the Policy Gap

February 1, 2018

Research from the Carnegie UK Trust has found that there is a policy gap at the towns level. This briefing explores how towns can be supported to work together and to develop and focus on a positive narrative telling the story of their place.

The Local Government Fair Funding Review

January 31, 2018

The Fair Funding review details the proposals for a new needs assessment once 75% business rates retention is introduced. We summarise and comment here on this complex consultation.

Local authority housing in England: government statistics

January 30, 2018

The number of council homes and new lets are declining, but by how much? Rents are down but how do they compare with those charged by private landlords? How many people are waiting for a council home, what condition are the properties in and how many tenants are being evicted?

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