Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. Can older generations be one of the key factors in shaping the reinvention of the high street?
Ofsted has been inspecting local arrangements for Special Educational Needs and Disability, and has produced an overview report of its inspection findings. Where strong strategic leadership is found this had led to established joint working between education, health and care services and has led to the successful implementation of the…
Individual Electoral Registration and online voter registration have thrown up some practical concerns for the public and for electoral administrators, and despite a leap in electoral registration, under-registration among particular social groups remains a significant issue. How well does the government's 5-year strategy address these issues?
Dockless bike sharing schemes have been spreading from China to the UK. Convenient for users, they can cause problems for local authorities. The issues are examined in this briefing.
What steps do councils need to consider taking in advance of the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018? This swift read builds on the LGIU policy briefing Data Protection: step change or revolution published in September 2017
This is the first of our new monthly round-up of housing and planning news
Each year Ofsted produces an annual report on the findings of its inspections from early years, schools, further education and skills providers as well as local authority children's social care functions and children's care services in the voluntary sector. This briefing is on the year to September 2017. The reports…
The health select committee’s report on brexit and care expressed serious concerns over the impact of brexit, particularly on the care workforce. We summarise their recommendations here and the government’s response.
CLG select committee report on the effectiveness of local authority overview and scrutiny committees
A CLG select committee inquiry into overview and scrutiny heard evidence of failings in current scrutiny arrangements as well as some cases where scrutiny was working well; invariably, these last were from authorities where the leadership had a positive attitude towards scrutiny.
The DfE commissioned report Good intentions, good enough? makes wide ranging proposals to improve the education and care of children in residential schools and colleges, planning for such provision, and the assessment processes which local authorities with health service partners undertake with parents before a placement is made. Provision is…