Briefings

Swift Read: Local Governance Review – the state of play

November 8, 2018

A review of local governance in Scotland has been underway for 12 months and aims to consider how powers, responsibilities and resources are shared across national and local spheres of government including with communities. This Swift Read outlines this local governance review and what stage we're at.



Early Years Education: Two research reports

November 5, 2018

DfE commissioned Early years research finds socio-economic factors account for longer term outcomes better than regional factors, and an Education Policy Institute (EPI) report finds there remains gaps in understanding of what works in early years education creating problems for policy makers.


DfE research: rollout of 30 hours free childcare

November 2, 2018

Four DfE commissioned pieces of research have been published which consider the 30-hours of free childcare available to working parents covering the LA role in securing the extra provision, take up and satisfaction of parents, and the views of providers. Overall, the importance of good quality provision is highlighted.



Participatory budgeting – a third sector perspective

October 30, 2018

This briefing looks at the ways local authorities are involving communities in Participatory Budgeting (PB) and working to meet the Scottish Government commitment for 1% of local budgets to be subject to participatory budgeting by 2021.


The IFS Autumn 2018 Green Budget

October 29, 2018

The Institute for Fiscal Studies produces a Green Budget just before the Chancellor’s Budget. It provides a detailed and independent analysis of the public finances and Budget policy options. We focus here on what the IFS has to say on the key issues of the economy and public finances.



Public Service Reform in Ireland

October 24, 2018

This briefing, originally published by LGiU Ireland, gives an overview of the first national report on public service reform in Ireland, published by NOAC.



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