The Committee on Standards in Public Life has looked closely at the standards regime, and considers the significance of maintaining standards for the better governance of the council as a whole. It presents a stark warning that change is needed if councils are to retain a reputation for good governance.
The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.
Data privacy is a complex and contested issue, often obscured in jargon and compounded by a presence in and out of the media spotlight. This briefing summarises the findings of a Carnegie UK Trust report on online data privacy.
Efforts are being made to better understand and to regulate the environment of ‘fake news’ in an increasingly poisonous and potentially dangerous political environment. Intervention is needed at government and at international level. A government White Paper is expected during the next six months. What issues should it address?
Huge claims are made for the potential of Artificial Intelligence. We look here at recent reports on AI, how AI can support services, and the key issues and challenges that arise in implementing AI.
Government proposals to develop services to support the mental health of children and young people include an institution-based ‘Designated Senior Lead’ to work with new Mental Health Support Teams, and much more.
Evidence has been accumulating that many challenges and barriers are built into the electoral process for people experiencing disabilities. While some measures have been taken to address mobility and visual issues, those with learning difficulties or mental illness are facing particular obstacles that are not yet being addressed.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)’s Commission on Economic Justice has been working for nearly two years on proposals for fundamental reform of the British economy. We look at its final report here.
Candidates and supporters experienced harassment and intimidation during the 2017 General Election. To tackle this, the Cabinet Office is consulting on three key changes in electoral law, with the opportunity for responses open until 22 October 2018.
While bullying in school has probably reduced recently, it remains a problem for some pupils. DfE commissioned research looks at what schools are doing to prevent and tackle bullying. This briefing looks at the research.