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.
Councils – as service provider, commissioner and community leader - have a range of roles to help eradicate modern slavery. South Tyneside's Modern Slavery Strategy has identified opportunities to leverage its resources, powers and influence to work with partners to tackle this insidious crime.
How wide is the leadership gulf in the public sector? The Local Government Leadership report maps the gender and ethnocultural diversity of senior people in local authority organisations. Levels of ethno-cultural diversity are low. The position is better in terms of gender although it is still not good enough.
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.
The UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights has published his final report. It is extremely critical of the impact of austerity on vulnerable groups and of various aspects of welfare reform, particularly some design features of Universal Credit.
The Deaton review will investigate the causes and consequences of different forms of inequalities, and the ways that they can be reduced or mitigated; covering not only trends in economic inequalities, but also health inequalities and geographical inequalities, and inequalities by gender and ethnicity, among many other aspects.
Universal basic income is a universal and unconditional cash transfer from the state to all its citizens. The idea has attracted considerable interest, including in Scotland where a feasibility study undertaken by four local authorities is in progress. The Finnish experiment is considered here.
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.
Millennials are set to make up 50% of the UK’s workforce by 2020 with Generation Z following close behind. This briefing explores these changes and looks at the ways in which local authorities can adapt in order to attract and retain younger talent.
The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.