The BEIS Committee’s report on industrial strategy addresses the processes of securing sector deals and what has been achieved or agreed through them so far. The process has tended to favour sectors that have already received significant state funding and ignoring the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of low productivity.
What are the main issues dominating local government and what could happen over the next period – though predictions are perhaps rather problematic at the moment given the current nature of politics.
The problems facing seaside towns stem from a combination of geography and wider industrial decline. A Lords committee says they must reinvent themselves by making more effective use of their assets. There needs to be increased government investment providing better transport, housing and digital infrastructure and new tailored enterprise zones.
The briefing reviews the Civic University Commission report seeking to encourage a new generation of more genuinely 'civic universities'. What this means for local authorities, their places and communities is explored and developed.
This month’s round-up includes news on segregated housing, rough sleeping data, right to buy, poverty, evictions and private landlords, garden towns, and brownfield sites. It also lists ongoing consultations.
The Youth Select Committee report ‘Realising the Potential of Work Experience’ looks at the unequal nature of young people's access to work experience and ensuring that young people are suitably prepared to make informed post-16 choices on T-Levels and apprenticeships. The briefing looks at the Government’s response.
The National Audit Office’s report finds employers have made only limited use of the available Apprenticeship Levy funds to support new placements, and that following the Levy’s introduction there was a large drop in apprenticeship starts. DfE must demonstrate that the programme is achieving value for money and that resources are being used to best effect.
Local industrial strategies aim to raise productivity and earning power. Productivity needs to be boosted in ways that improve working people's lives. Which policy solutions could be adopted by local places to improve living standards and ensure that everyone can benefit from and contribute to economic growth?
The Northern Powerhouse is nearly five years old. What progress has been made? A new report by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), chaired by George Osborne, sets out ten key recommendations for central government.
The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.