The Committee finds evidence of “a system that is close to breaking point”, with budget overspends and the use of reserves normal in most local authorities leading councils to prioritise mandatory services and make cuts to early intervention services.
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 Timpson review of school exclusion looks at who is excluded from school, and what can be done to reduce exclusion. The Government response accepts the proposals.
A DfE call for evidence (to respond by 31 July) seeks information on the financial arrangements supporting special educational needs and disability provision, and alternative provision, and not on the level of funding. EPI and IPPR have done papers on funding the issue.
DfE is consulting (until 24 June 2019) on legislation to place three new duties on local authorities: keep a register of home educated children; monitor suitability of home education; and support home educators. New guidance to local authorities on home education has been published.
How could more tax funding powers be devolved to local government? This IFS report sets how to assess the suitability of and devolution of taxes and analyses what could be raised across England from the various options. There is also a review of local tax arrangements in different countries.
Shared services do not necessarily reduce costs or improve performance. That is the conclusion of new research published by academics at the University of Oxford. This swift read summarises the research and the possible reasons for the findings.
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.
Looks at recent reports on funding for children’s social care and special educational needs and disability and increasing pressures on local authority budgets.
The Town and Country Planning Association has published Planning for Affordable Housing. The TCPA’s Planning for Affordable Housing project examines how the planning system is delivering affordable housing and how it can be supported to do so in a manner which greater reflects local needs.