Policy Briefings

Apprenticeships – the NAO view on value for money

April 4, 2019

The National Audit Office’s report finds employers have made only limited use of the available Apprenticeship Levy funds to support new placements, and that following the Levy’s introduction there was a large drop in apprenticeship starts. DfE must demonstrate that the programme is achieving value for money and that resources…




Where next for the Northern Powerhouse?

April 1, 2019

The Northern Powerhouse is nearly five years old. What progress has been made? A new report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne, sets out ten key recommendations for central government.



Housing First: a solution for homelessness in Scotland?

March 27, 2019

This briefing explores Housing First as a possible solution to rising levels of homelessness amongst society’s most vulnerable citizens. Published originally by LGiU Scotland it sets out what councils can do to aid the transition towards Housing First. A Housing First approach is now being explored in England.


Welfare Reform Update March 2019

March 26, 2019

What is the current state of the roll out of Universal Credit? We look here at two reports produced by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on benefits sanctions and UC; and at what is known so far (very little) about the new Work and Health Programme.


Election time 2019: issues for local authorities

March 25, 2019

This election briefing covers some essential issues for local authorities during the pre-election period, including the implications of the publicity code and illustrates how councils are able to use it to tackle discriminatory election campaigns provided they act objectively.