Briefings

Not for Sale

July 2, 2019

There seems to be substantial governmental activity taking place to combat modern slavery, but there has also been criticism of the lack of progress by the Home Office as numbers of potential modern slavery victims are increasing year on year.



30 Hours Free Childcare in England: one year on

June 29, 2019

A one year on look at the 30 hours free childcare entitlement offer: benefits for better off families and disadvantaged parents already in work as they can work longer, but not children from the most disadvantaged families whose parents are not in work.


BEIS Committee Report: Sector Deals

June 28, 2019

The BEIS Committee’s report on industrial strategy addresses the processes of securing sector deals and what has been achieved or agreed through them so far. The process has tended to favour sectors that have already received significant state funding and ignoring the challenge of the ‘long tail’ of low productivity.


Swift Read: Estimating child poverty locally across Scotland

June 27, 2019

This is the second briefing in a series that explores the local dimension of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Act 2017 and Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-2022, which places obligations and responsibilities on local government to take local action to eradicate child poverty.



The future of seaside towns

June 25, 2019

The problems facing seaside towns stem from a combination of geography and wider industrial decline. A Lords committee says they must reinvent themselves by making more effective use of their assets. There needs to be increased government investment providing better transport, housing and digital infrastructure and new tailored enterprise zones.




Disability and Incapacity Benefits and Universal Credit

June 20, 2019

ESA claimants will be among the single largest claimant group within managed migration to Universal Credit. What are the implications of migration for this very large group of people? Recent reports have given some idea of the scale of the transition and how it varies among local areas.