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Spending Round 2019 and Local Government

16 Sep 2019 in Briefings

The final briefing in our series on the recent Spending Round looks at local government announcements, comparing the SR with the recommendations from the MHCLG Select Committee’s report on local government funding. The additional funding is welcome but does the SR mean an end to austerity or just a pause?


Childhood – Action for Children and other reports

13 Sep 2019 in Briefings

In the last two months there have been three reports on the state of childhood in the UK. This briefing focuses mainly on the Action for Children report which shows the widening gap between children growing up in vulnerable circumstances and those growing up in greater affluence. Policy recommendations are made.


Spending Round 2019: Analysis

12 Sep 2019 in Briefings

This briefing is the second of three assessing the Chancellor’s spending announcements made in Spending Round 2019. it looks at the current state of public finances and the shortening available spending headroom under current fiscal rules. A page has been turned on austerity, but much remains uncertain.



School Transport – DfE consultation and current state of provision

6 Sep 2019 in Briefings

The draft revised guidance clarifies LA statutory duties on home to school transport responding to concerns that some policies contain unlawful elements or are unclear and difficult to understand. Consultation closes 31 October 2019. The briefing also surveys the current state of provision.


Spending Round 2019 – Headlines from the Chancellor’s speech

4 Sep 2019 in Briefings

The Chancellor today laid out plans for an extra £13.8bn spending next year, in a Spending Round designed to “turn the page on austerity”. In his speech he promised certainty for all departments as they plan next year’s budgets and announced that no departments would see any cuts this year. A full Budget is expected […]


Health, public health and social care round up: August 2019

3 Sep 2019 in Briefings

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. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.


Brexit: Children’s Services and Education – DfE guidance

28 Aug 2019 in Briefings

Six documents, including guidance on the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit cover local authority children’s care services, schools, further and higher education, those studying in the EU and data protection. Guidance includes what advice to give to parents and workers who are EU citizens and the impact on the supply chain of predicted shortages of food, medicines and other goods.



Offensive Weapons Act – is it enough?

12 Aug 2019 in Briefings

Numbers of knife and offensive weapon offences have risen to their highest level for nearly a decade, with the number of cases dealt with by the criminal justice system up by more than a third since 2015. The Offensive Weapons Act gained Royal Assent in May 2019. Can it work?