Briefings


Net zero: the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming

August 8, 2019

The UK Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the government should legislate for a target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Is this target feasible, what would need to be done to achieve it, and what is the role of local government?


Swift Read: Brexit and local government – the Government responds

August 6, 2019

The Government responded recently to the recent HCLG committee report on brexit and local government. It says it has found strategic engagement with local government on brexit valuable and accepts all of the committee’s recommendations ‘in spirit and in principle’, but key detail and timescales remain unclear.




Better Schools for All?

July 24, 2019

This Nuffield Foundation funded research is another look at school effectiveness using the standard school and pupil datasets. In addition, data from school staff human resource management is compared to other settings and linked to school improvement. Organisational commitment is higher in schools than in other workplaces.


Recent ONS place-based statistics and intelligence

July 23, 2019

This briefing provides an overview of selected recent ONS releases of place-based statistics at local authority level – especially population estimates and forecasts, labour market, household income, housing, productivity, and electoral statistics. It highlights the importance to local authorities of analysing what they tell us.


Off-rolling pupils – EPI research and the local authority response

July 22, 2019

The unexplained disappearance (off-rolling) of approximately 50,000 a pupils from years 10 and 11 is a significant issue given that such children are known to have reduced life chances. This briefing looks at the methodology of the Education Policy Institute in calculating the number of off-rolled pupils.


Children not in school: DfE consultation and guidance on home education

July 20, 2019

DfE is consulting (until 24 June 2019) on legislation to place three new duties on local authorities: keep a register of home educated children; monitor suitability of home education; and support home educators. New guidance to local authorities on home education has been published.


Housing and planning round-up July 2019

July 19, 2019

This month's round-up includes private renting licensing, stats on planning applications and right to buy sales. The big issue is housebuilding.