This report coincides with two anniversaries: the twentieth year of the National Minimum Wage and the fourth full year of the National Living Wage, started in 2016. Set against a background in which both main parties are committing to raising the wage floor, it considers progress in tackling low pay.
This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications, right to buy sales, and the latest consultations. The big issue is housebuilding.
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.
The National Infrastructure Commission has reported to government on how to ensure the operation of an efficient, low carbon freight system that manages its impact on congestion. Its final report addresses a range of issues including decarbonising the freight sector and the recognition of freight’s role in the planning system.
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.
What’s happening in local government beyond brexit? We look in this briefing at consultations, select committee inquiries and the key issues facing councils. But, of course, brexit is still at the top of the political agenda and some of the ongoing contentious issues are here too.
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.
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?