Policy Briefings

Mayor’s draft housing strategy

January 10, 2018

This briefing summarises the London mayor’s draft housing strategy – which is of interest to the sector as a whole beyond London. It also looks at the strategy in relation to the housing proposals in last year’s Autumn budget.

Brexit Impact Studies: A View From Europe

January 9, 2018

We look here at the sector reports released by the government in December and also at reports taken from the EU Parliament’s website under the heading Brexit Impact. The EU reports give an insight into European perceptions and hence how these might shape negotiation objectives.

UK productivity

January 8, 2018

Why has productivity in the UK been in decline and what is being done to improve it?

The Provisional Local Government Finance Settlement 2018-19

January 3, 2018

The provisional finance settlement was announced on 19th December 2017. Consultation closes on 16 January leaving very little time for local authorities to prepare their responses or to revise their spending plans. This briefing considers the key announcements.

Supporting the ‘real’ sharing economy

January 2, 2018

The ‘real’ sharing economy concept built around non-profit cooperatives and community groups. Looking at the examples of equipment sharing, timebanking and garden sharing, it considers how councils can support it to thrive.

Social Mobility: 2017 state of the nation report

December 20, 2017

The 2017 Social Mobility Commission report will be remembered for the one where all members of the Commission resigned soon after publication and the finding that “there is currently no overall national strategy to tackle the social, economic and geographical divide that the country faces”. This briefing looks behind the…

UK Poverty 2017: JRF Report

December 20, 2017

This briefing covers a report published in December 2017 by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) which examines trends in poverty and their causes in the UK over the twenty years since 1995-96.