Policy Briefings

On Your Radar June 2019

June 20, 2019

What’s happening in local government beyond brexit? We look in this briefing at consultations, select committee inquiries and the key issues facing councils. But, of course, brexit is still at the top of the political agenda and some of the ongoing contentious issues are here too.


Perspectives on local government funding

June 18, 2019

This briefing looks at the funding challeges facing local authorities, focussing on recent reports from the County Councils Network and the Institute for Fiscal Studies





Launch of the IFS Inequality Review (the Deaton Review)

June 12, 2019

The Deaton review will investigate the causes and consequences of different forms of inequalities, and the ways that they can be reduced or mitigated; covering not only trends in economic inequalities, but also health inequalities and geographical inequalities, and inequalities by gender and ethnicity, among many other aspects.


West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

June 11, 2019

The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.


Creating a challenge culture? New statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny

June 10, 2019

Overview and scrutiny committees have not yet realised their potential contribution to policy making and better public accountability. The government has published new statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local and combined authorities to raise the profile of scrutiny and increase its effectiveness and relevance.


Swift Read: Council tax in England 2019/20

June 6, 2019

The average band D council tax set by English local authorities in 2019-20 rose by 4.7 per cent or £78 - the second highest increase this decade but slightly lower than last year. This briefing looks in more detail at increases across and within tiers of authority.


The Finnish Basic Income Experiment: Preliminary Results

June 6, 2019

Universal basic income is a universal and unconditional cash transfer from the state to all its citizens. The idea has attracted considerable interest, including in Scotland where a feasibility study undertaken by four local authorities is in progress. The Finnish experiment is considered here.