Policy Briefings

School and college funding: Commons Education Committee and DfE consultation

August 23, 2019

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.



Building stronger communities: a new government framework

August 21, 2019

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.


The Regional and Sectoral Impacts of Brexit

August 20, 2019

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.



Brexit Update August 2019

August 14, 2019

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.


The Puzzle of Rural Exodus in High Income Countries

August 13, 2019

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.


Housing and planning round-up August 2019

August 13, 2019

The August round-up includes government announcements, latest statistics, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is social housing.


Offensive Weapons Act – is it enough?

August 12, 2019

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?


First 1000 days of life: Government response to Commons report

August 9, 2019

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.