Policy Briefings

Schools Adjudicator – 2018 annual report

January 31, 2019

The latest report from the Schools Adjudicator takes an overview of the work on local authorities on school admission arrangements and objections, and reports on Fair Access protocols, and directions to admit as well as compliance with the Admissions Code.



Mobility as a Service: Transport Select Committee Report

January 29, 2019

Mobility as a Service describes services which allow users to plan and book travel on multiple modes of transport from different providers in a single transaction. The Transport Select Committee’s report calls on the government to take a much more active role in shaping the future development of MaaS.


DfE Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need

January 25, 2019

Children in Need are children on a Child Protection Plan, Looked-after, disabled or otherwise supported by social workers. There were approx 1.5 in the period up to April 2018. DfE has researched how to improve the educational outcomes of these children.


Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities  

January 24, 2019

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.


The Fair Funding Review – One Year On

January 23, 2019

Progress has been made since the initial consultation - there is a recognisable structure of the funding formula, but there is still a lot do before the system is ready to be introduced for 2020-21, and concerns have been expressed about what is included in assessing relative needs.


Food deserts: increasing access to healthy, affordable food

January 21, 2019

10.2 million people are estimated to live in food deserts in the UK. This briefing looks at the challenges of quantifying and assessing food availability and increasing access to healthy food options in low income areas.


Off-rolling in English schools

January 18, 2019

There is growing interest in ‘off-rolling’, the removal of pupils from school rolls during the latter years of compulsory school education, possibly in order to enhance a school’s league table position. This briefing looks at recent research into this phenomenon.


Housing and planning round-up January 2019

January 16, 2019

This month’s round-up features the report from the Independent Commission on Social Housing, and includes data on right to buy and deaths of homeless people, the building safety review, faster planning decisions and the latest consultations.


The National Infrastructure Commission Partnership

January 15, 2019

The NIC has announced five cities and city regions that it will provide tailored support to improve delivery of housing, and economic growth and transport improvements. The authorities will work with the NIC to develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.