Topic: Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance

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Are we failing the health of our adolescents and young people?

13 Mar 2019 in Briefings

The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood .finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.


Standards: recommendations for rigorous change

11 Mar 2019 in Briefings

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.


‘Keeping kids safe’: Children’s Commissioner – gang violence etc

5 Mar 2019 in Briefings

There are an estimated 27,000 children in England who identify as gang members, only a fraction of whom are known to children’s services. Local areas are not facing up to the scale of the problem, are not taking notice of the risk factors and are not listening to parents and communities who ask for help. Children in gangs should not be treated as criminals but should be subjected to safeguarding procedures.


The future of journalism

28 Feb 2019 in Briefings

The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.


Academy accounts and performance – Commons Public Accounts Committee

28 Feb 2019 in Briefings

Academy accounts and performance – Commons Public Accounts Committee Summary The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published a report Academy accounts and performance (HC 1597, 23 January 2019). It is part of the committee’s ongoing work scrutinising the accounting and management of public spending by the Department for Education (DfE). The report […]


Metro Mayor Precept – Value for Money?

12 Feb 2019 in Briefings

If local taxpayers are now going to be asked to finance the running of a combined authority, are they getting value for money? We look here at the 2019-20 budget of the Liverpool Combined Authority and what has been achieved there since its inception.


Ofsted: New Education Inspection Framework – consultation

8 Feb 2019 in Briefings

Ofsted is consulting (until 4 April 2019) on a revised framework for inspection early years, schools and further education and skills which Ofsted claims is the ‘most evidence-based, research-informed and tested framework in Ofsted’s 26-year history’.



Off-rolling in English schools

18 Jan 2019 in Briefings

There is growing interest in ‘off-rolling’, the removal of pupils from school rolls during the latter years of compulsory school education, possibly in order to enhance a school’s league table position. This briefing looks at recent research into this phenomenon.


The National Infrastructure Commission Partnership

15 Jan 2019 in Briefings

The NIC has announced five cities and city regions that it will provide tailored support to improve delivery of housing, and economic growth and transport improvements. The authorities will work with the NIC to develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.