Topic: Devolution, Democracy, Scrutiny and Governance

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Recent ONS place-based statistics and intelligence

16 Jul 2019 in Briefings

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.


Better Schools for All?

5 Jul 2019 in Briefings

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.



NAO Report: Local Enterprise Partnerships: an update on progress

24 Jun 2019 in Briefings

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.


30 Hours Free Childcare: one year on

21 Jun 2019 in Briefings

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.



West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy

11 Jun 2019 in Briefings

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.



IFS Report: The Impacts of Localised Council Tax Support Schemes

30 May 2019 in Briefings

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.