Scotland has deep-rooted, stubborn equalities challenges of which it cannot be proud. Inclusive Growth is an ambitious socio-economic policy agenda set for Scotland intended to make it a fairer, more equal country. This briefing covers the role of City Region Deals (CRD) in this vision and how jobs can be…
The annual report produced by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) on poverty trends in the UK considers the impact on children, pensioners and people in work.
Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers in England.
The annual Confederation of British Industry (CBI) education and skills report, now done with Pearson, is based on a survey on businesses of all sizes. It provides insights into what British business wants, where improvements in current arrangements are required, and lessons for local government in working with local employers.
A legacy report for the Year Of Young People 2018 has been launched, and it gives a snapshot of how all 32 Scottish councils engage and liaise with young people on key issues that affect them. The report aims to fill the void that has led to young people in…
Scottish Government have published the report “Ending Homelessness Together: High Level Action Plan.” The report outlines a number of actions to end homelessness, improve housing access and get people off the streets. This briefing covers the actions outlined in the report and considers the role of local government in ending…
OECD and DfE-commissioned research have looked at the life chances of young people as they progress through the education system and the factors which assist or otherwise as they progress into work. This briefing covers the finding of the reports and what can be done as a result.
Norway's healthcare system is complex, but works well and has no waiting lists like in the UK. This Swift Read explores the ins and outs of the system and the concept of patient co-payments, based on an event run by the think tank Nordic Horizons.
This is first of our briefings, in collaboration with COSLA, covering the 2018 COSLA Excellence Awards. Here we outline the winners and runners up of the first category, Service Innovation & Improvement.
This briefing outlines the principles of behavioural change, such as social psychology and behavioural economics, and how they can be applied in local government.