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 Nuffield Foundation funded research is another look at school effectiveness using the standard school and pupil datasets. In addition, data from school staff human resource management is compared to other settings and linked to school improvement. Organisational commitment is higher in schools than in other workplaces.
The report ‘lays bare the stark fact that social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work’ focusing on local authorities’ work in early years and schools as well as further education and apprenticeships, higher education and working lives.
The report by the National Audit Office published in May 2019 is on the changing role and remit of Local Enterprise Partnerships. The report also deals with progress in strengthening governance, assurance and transparency in LEPs and with funding spent through LEPs to date and future funding arrangements.
A one year on look at the 30 hours free childcare entitlement offer: benefits for better off families and disadvantaged parents already in work as they can work longer, but not children from the most disadvantaged families whose parents are not in work. It has encouraged greater flexibility by childcare settings but also undermines their financial sustainability and the quality of provision.
A look at what is happening to the 16-19 phase of education and training including funding, curriculum changes, the aspirations of young people and the local authority role.
The West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy was launched in May 2019 and builds on the heritage of the region’s manufacturing, research and technology sectors, taking advantage of skills and infrastructure innovation across the region.
Overview and scrutiny committees have not yet realised their potential contribution to policy making and better public accountability. The government has published new statutory guidance on overview and scrutiny in local and combined authorities to raise the profile of scrutiny and increase its effectiveness and relevance.
The recent analysis published by the Institute of Fiscal Studies of how local authorities have designed their local Council Tax Support (CTS) schemes attempts to explain variations in terms of different characteristics such as political control and the overall funding situation.
Fleshwounds from a silver bullet? Counting the cost of the unforeseen consequences of permitted development
The government has promised a new fast-track planning route, allowing accelerated creation of new homes and improved vibrancy of town centres at “no net cost” to councils. But are these promises too good to be true? What could be the impact on residents, housing quality, and on local authority finances?