Policy Briefings

A Quiet Crisis – Local government spending on disadvantage in England

November 5, 2018

This report from the NPI and the Lloyds Bank Foundation traces the impact on service-level spend across services, between types of local authority and between areas. It finds some significant disparities underneath the headline figures, which raises questions about the sustainability of local services to tackle disadvantage.




Performance Tracker 2018 – A Report by the Institute for Government and CIPFA

October 30, 2018

The Performance Tracker is a valuable overview of the funding and performance of services across the public sector. Social care and the prison service are (predictably) identified as causes for particular concern: - efficiencies have not kept pace with rising demand and both lack credible plans to control future spending.


Budget 2018

October 29, 2018

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has given the Budget Statement to the House of Commons. LGiU brings member the key announcements for local government by policy area.


Social mobility – developments

October 26, 2018

The Secretary of State for Education has outlined his thinking on social mobility calling it a moral imperative to ensure progress for all, but especially for the most disadvantaged, and is fundamental for a strong, highly skilled, productive economy.


The IFS Autumn 2018 Green Budget

October 25, 2018

The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces a Green Budget just before the Chancellor’s Budget. It provides a detailed and independent analysis of the public finances and Budget policy options. We focus here on what the IFS has to say on the key issues of the economy and public finances.


Electric vehicles

October 24, 2018

The government’s Road to Zero Strategy sets out plans to meet the pledge of banning all new petrol and diesel cars by 2040. A number of other reports suggest that the government needs to do far more to support the roll-out of electric vehicles.


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Childhood Obesity Plan reviewed

October 24, 2018

Two years after the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action was published, three reviews have been published which demonstrate the need for a whole systems approach which involved both schools and local government.