Policy Briefings

Densification and its objectors in Johannesburg, South Africa

August 5, 2019

What are the reasons and objectives behind the drive for densification in South African cities generally and Johannesburg specifically? This briefing describes the policies to achieve densification in the city, why they have engendered animosity from resident groups and how the city is handling these objections.

DfE: Higher Technical Education consultation

August 2, 2019

Higher Technical Education sits between A-levels and the new T-levels and bachelor’s degrees. There is a shortage of people with such qualifications. The proposals support the Government’s aim of improving take-up of technical education to meet the needs of the economy and business.

Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s – consultation document

August 1, 2019

The prevention green paper was published in the very last days of Theresa May’s tenure as prime minister. It describes a large range of initiatives and actions to be implemented in the 2020s, many of which will be of interest to local authorities as leaders of local public health.

Swift Read: Does Selective Licensing Work?

July 31, 2019

We look here at an independent government review of selective licensing of private rented housing and conclude that it appears to work well as part of a wider suite of community-based measures but is considerably less effective when used in isolation.


School Sport and Activity – Government Plan

July 31, 2019

The plan aims to provide school pupils in England with greater opportunities to access at least 60 minutes of sport and physical activity every day including strengthening the role of physical activity within a young person’s daily routine, providing guidance on how teachers and parents can play their part, and…

Net zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming

July 29, 2019

The UK Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the government should legislate for a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Is this target feasible, what would need to be done to achieve it, and what is the role of local government?

Sure Start Children’s Centres – update

July 26, 2019

At its peak, there were 3,600 Sure Start Children’s Centres in England which brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families including early education and childcare, health visitors, parenting classes, welfare to work guidance and playgroups. This briefing provides…

Swift Read: Brexit and local government – the Government responds

July 24, 2019

The Government responded recently to the recent HCLG committee report on brexit and local government. It says it has found strategic engagement with local government on brexit valuable and accepts all of the committee’s recommendations ‘in spirit and in principle’, but key detail and timescales remain unclear.