Policy Briefings

The Housing Supply Bottleneck

March 6, 2018

Housing under-delivery is now high on the political agenda. The part played by planning and the housebuilding industry has been a prominent part of the discussion. This briefing summarises that debate up to the 2017 Housing White Paper and recent housing announcements made in the Budget 2017


DfE consultation Children and Social Work Act: social work regulation

March 6, 2018

DfE and DHSC are consulting on the framework for regulating all social workers in England under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (close of consultation 21 March). Issues covered are entry, professional development and fitness to practice and oversight of the profession.


Health and social care round up: February 2018

March 5, 2018

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.


Swift read: Complaints about housing

February 28, 2018

A review of the complaints system for housing in England has been announced by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. This briefing looks at the opportunities already available for complainants and sets out the key questions being considered in the consultation.


The What Works Network – five years on

February 27, 2018

The What Works Centres have pioneered new ways of compiling evidence in areas such as education, local growth and social care. A government report presents key findings from the Network and gives examples of the impact that the Centres have had on public services over the last five years.


Mental health support in UK schools

February 27, 2018

The Place2Be published a study on the provision of mental health services to children and adolescents during the February 2018 Children’s Mental Health Week and found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field (both schools and psychotherapy…


What will be the likely impact on charities of Brexit?

February 26, 2018

The charity sector receives funding directly from the EU and indirectly from the European structural funds. Lack of clarity over how funding gaps could be filled is of concern to charities and to local government. Increased demand on services, a weakened pound and staff recruitment issues add to current uncertainty.



Brexit, the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market

February 22, 2018

Tourism and the creative and digital sectors are a sizeable portion of the UK economy. In January the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee published a report on the potential impact of brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.