One year since the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower, we look back here at the past year: what lessons can we learn from the inquiries taking place and from the accounts and experiences of Grenfell survivors and community groups?
It is almost a year since the fire at Grenfell Tower in which, officially, 72 people died and hundreds of others were made homeless. This briefing looks at the implications of this as well as the wider ramifications of improving fire safety in high-rise residential buildings following last year’s tragedy.
This is the second in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland. Issues covered include the nature of social work, how social work services are structured and delivered, and the challenges facing social work.
Nobody will have failed to notice recent news coverage of the way in which social media may have influenced voters, but the different investigations and accusations can be confusing. This briefing aims to give an overview of the issues.
This briefing looks at Government plans to support teachers better in the early stages of their careers, as well as providing an improved framework to develop further their professional expertise and career progression longer term.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care.
This briefing summarises the review outcomes and local government’s response to the proposals. It also outlines new duties for local government arising from the new alcohol minimum pricing legislation and provides a brief comment on the current role of local government in England regarding public health.
SAM’s simple premise is that efficiency, economy of scale and effective delivery of services are all best served in an island context by merging the public agencies operating co-terminously on the ground, rather than merging each one with its opposite numbers in other local authority areas.
The Government is planning to introduce a new method of assessing children when they enter the reception class of primary schools at the age of four. This will lead eventually to a progress measurement across the seven years of primary education, and an accountability measure for the schools.
This briefing summarises the current state of local newspapers and its likely impact on local democracy, and will be interesting to local authority members and officers with responsibility for communities, the voluntary and community sector, policy and democratic services.