Policy Briefings

Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

January 29, 2018

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: the first year of local area SEND inspections

January 26, 2018

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…

Electoral reform? A critical look at the government’s 5-year Plan

January 24, 2018

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

January 23, 2018

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.

Swift Read: Getting ready for GDPR

January 22, 2018

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

Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17

January 18, 2018

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…

Residential Care: Good intentions, good enough? DfE commissioned report

January 11, 2018

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…

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