Briefings

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Recent contributors include:

  • Ruth Fry, Corporate Communications Manager at Perth and Kinross Council
  • Professor John H. McKendrick, Glasgow School for Business and Society
  • James Mitchell, Director of Academy of Government, Edinburgh University
  • Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy at the University of Stirling and fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change

We post regular content from our network of local government briefing associates and practitioners, both UK-based and internationally, who contribute ideas about a wide range of policy issues. We are dynamically resounding to members needs and the fast changing economic, social and political environment.

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Are we failing the health of our adolescents and young people?

March 15, 2019

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.


The future of journalism

March 14, 2019

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.


Sexual harassment in the workplace: new responsibilities

March 12, 2019

In its inquiry the Women & Equalities Select Committee heard that employer responsibilities are poorly understood, and its report recommends a shift in the burden for tackling sexual harassment at work from individuals to employers who would be under an obligation to take responsibility for changing behaviours at work.


Schools Adjudicator – 2018 annual report

March 11, 2019

The latest report from the Schools Adjudicator takes an overview of the work on local authorities on a variety of school-related issues. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.


Brexit and the UK Economy

March 8, 2019

How has the UK economy developed since the EU referendum, and how does this compare with what was said before the referendum? Economic considerations are not the only issue in the Brexit debate, but the economic implications of Brexit are likely to be profound and need to be clearly understood.


Veg out: why 5 A Day hasn’t worked

March 7, 2019

This briefing looks at the reasons the 5 A Day campaign has failed to improve people’s eating habits, and how barriers to change could be removed. It is likely to be useful to those with an interest in public health or behaviour change.


DfE: Improving the educational outcomes of Children in Need

March 6, 2019

Children in Need are children on a Child Protection Plan, Looked-after, disabled or otherwise supported by social workers. DfE has researched how to improve the educational outcomes of these children. This is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.


20 years of (uneasy?) co-existence: the Scottish Parliament and Scottish councils

March 5, 2019

The relative position of local government in Scotland has been a continuing topic of discussion and sometimes tension in the Scottish Parliament for the 20 years of its existence. This briefing discusses some of these instances, explores possible underlying reasons for such tensions and suggests some future possibilities for local…


Off-rolling in English schools

March 4, 2019

There is growing interest in ‘off-rolling’, the removal of pupils from school rolls possibly in order to enhance a school’s league table position. This briefing looks at recent research into this phenomenon, and is part of our School Report briefing series, reporting on education in England.


Mobility as a Service: Transport Select Committee Report

March 1, 2019

Mobility as a Service describes services which allow users to plan and book travel on multiple modes of transport from different providers in a single transaction. The Transport Select Committee’s report calls on the government to take a much more active role in shaping the future development of MaaS.