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 report ‘lays bare the stark fact that social mobility has stagnated over the last four years at virtually all stages from birth to work’ focusing on local authorities’ work in early years and schools as well as further education and apprenticeships, higher education and working lives.
The LGiU Local Government Homelessness Commission has published its final report. It is the first assessment of the state of homelessness prevention from the perspective of local government, those who have to actually implement the policy and who provide support to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
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.
Maintained nursery schools differ from other early years providers in the range and quality of their work. DfE commissioned research attempts to pin down the differences and their value.
There seems to be substantial governmental activity taking place to combat modern slavery, but there has also been criticism of the lack of progress by the Home Office as numbers of potential modern slavery victims are increasing year on year.
Measuring outcomes in mental health services is complex and difficult, with professionals and service users often having different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it. This challenge is considered in the King’s Fund's “Outcomes for mental health services – what really matters?”.
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.
Updates on the new school curriculum which will be mandatory from September 2020, and the debate around its contents.
The Nuffield Trust has looked at international comparisons of health and wellbeing in adolescence and early adulthood .finding that, despite improvements, the UK compares poorly with other, similar countries in providing support to young people with long-term conditions to manage their care, and that this appears to be getting worse.