Devolution is 20 years old. The anniversary has prompted debate amongst politicians, the media and commentators about the state of devolution. Has devolution increased the quality of democracy, boosted the economy, improved public services and led to a clear constitutional settlement that works for the UK as a whole?
The New Towns are one of Britain’s great success stories. Despite creating hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities and popular places to live, too many New Towns have been left behind, with crumbling infrastructure and a lack of investment. How can their future be assured?
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.
The briefing reviews the seven Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) so far agreed with the Government and published. It considers the emerging approaches to the LIS and how far they will be an enduring major part of the sub-national economic growth landscape.
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 […]
Every year NatCen surveys over 3,000 randomly selected people about life in Britain and their views on how the country is being run. The latest survey gives an insight into changing social and political attitudes which will be of interest to local government as community leaders, service providers and employers.
What has the new regime in number 10 meant for local government in relation to brexit planning and how are councils meant to prepare for a possible no deal brexit? We consider some of the possible economic and constitutional implications and challenges facing councils – both immediate and more long-term.
The Government has responded to the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report, First 1000 days of life, outlining a range of initiatives. MPs have debated the response: there remains some way to go to achieve an integrated strategy for children in the first two years of life.
The government recently announced plans to allow councillors to attend meetings by video link - for those on Combined Authorities or Joint Committees. The idea of remote attendance was first raised twelve years ago. Will the government follow through the recent consultation and should the consultation have gone further?
At its peak, there were 3,600 Sure Start Children’s Centres in England which brought together a range of services designed to improve the life chances of the youngest children and their families including early education and childcare, health visitors, parenting classes, welfare to work guidance and playgroups. This briefing provides an update on the programme.