This briefing reports on recent key developments on the HS2 project, including an overview of a recent HofL’s Economic Affairs Committee report and an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project. HS2 is still highly contentious. Will the new PM have a different perspective on it?
Where are Britain’s new houses actually going to go? How to stop putting the cart before the horse by putting the car before the house.
Britain needs new houses. But a neglected aspect of debates about how to tackle Britain’s housing crisis is this: At a time when Britain needs to build enough houses to create a city the size of Newcastle every year - where exactly are all those new houses going to go?
The DfE finds that there were are at least 1.6 million children who need or have needed a social worker between 2012/13 and 2017/18 in England. This briefing is on the updated strategy to improve the lifetime outcomes for these children.
This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.
This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications, right to buy sales, and the latest consultations. The big issue is housebuilding.
This briefing provides an overview of selected recent ONS releases of place-based statistics at local authority level – especially population estimates and forecasts, labour market, household income, housing, productivity, and electoral statistics. It highlights the importance to local authorities of analysing what they tell us.
This briefing looks at children whose lives are behind closed doors ‘asking who they are and where they are living. It looks at what we know and crucially what we don't know about them, so that we can begin to assess whether they are getting the most appropriate support'.
This briefing deals with a brief report by the Institute for Fiscal Analysis (IFS) which analyses the impacts of the Universal Credit (UC) reform on different household types; unusually, it examines the effect of the reforms over the long term.
Why should child poverty be measured? This briefing looks at the case for effective data to understand the scale and nature of the local problem, to benchmark local experience of child poverty against those of other areas and to measure change to ascertain the extent to which interventions are working.
A review of help to buy published by the NAO notes that, by 2023, the government will have invested up to £29 billion in the scheme, making it the most expensive government housing initiative. It will have potentially supported about 462,000 property purchases. But does it represent value for money?