The report is to the point: ‘There is simply not enough core funding … The Department’s recognition of this problem now needs to be translated into significant funding increases’ including a multi-billion pound funding increase and a ten-year plan. The DfE are consulting on financial transparency.
The HCLG Committee's inquiry into local government finance has now published its final report. It concluded that the Government “has been derelict in its duty to local authorities". This Swift Read briefing contains the key recommendations.
The government’s communities framework - ‘By deeds and their results’ sets out what makes a strong community and how best to create one through actions of government and other organisations or partners, including local government.
This briefing deals with what has been said so far about specific regional and sectoral impacts of Brexit; it concludes with a brief review of the meaning of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, which has recently come to be considered as a serious policy option in the current debate.
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee Report: Energy efficiency: building towards net zero
This briefing deals with a report published by the Commons Business, Energy, and Industrial Select Committee (the BEIS Committee) on the UK Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to buildings. It covers policy in England and the Devolved Administrations.
What has the new regime in number 10 meant for local government in relation to brexit planning and how are councils meant to prepare for a possible no deal brexit? We consider some of the possible economic and constitutional implications and challenges facing councils – both immediate and more long-term.
This briefing explores how fighting rural depopulation requires an understanding of the root causes in a deep and systematic way, that solutions will require more than earmarked investments and industrial deals, and both rural and urban local authorities can benefit from exploring partnerships.
The August round-up includes government announcements, latest statistics, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is social housing.
Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015. The Offensive Weapons Act gained Royal Assent in May 2019. Can it work?
The Government has responded to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report, First 1000 days of life, outlining a range of initiatives. MPs have debated the response: there remains some way to go to achieve an integrated strategy for children in the first two years of life.