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…
Local industrial strategies aim to raise productivity and earning power. Productivity needs to be boosted in ways that improve working people's lives. Which policy solutions could be adopted by local places to improve living standards and ensure that everyone can benefit from and contribute to economic growth?
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
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.
Looks at recent reports on funding for children’s social care and special educational needs and disability and increasing pressures on local authority budgets.
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.
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.
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.
Updates on the new school curriculum which will be mandatory from September 2020, and the debate around its contents.
In this international briefing, we consider examples of how different countries are working to resolve homelessness. It touches on the Housing First model, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.