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November 2022 Analysis and Research Bulletin

Welcome to the Local Government Association (LGA) Analysis and Research Bulletin.

This comprehensive monthly publication keeps you informed about key issues and developments in research impacting on local government.

Health and social care

New website launched to support public health research in local government

This newly launched site provides an online presence for the six academic teams that are part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Public Health Intervention Responsive Studies Teams (PHIRST) scheme.

Tracking the Psychological and Social Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Across the UK Population

This report by the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at University College London summarises the findings and impact of the COVID-19 Social Study, the largest study in the country to understand how the pandemic impacted the UK population during the pandemic.

Reducing waiting times in Wales

The Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) has published a report on reducing waiting times at NHS Wales.

Education and young people

New EEF guide: Making a difference with effective tutoring 2022

Read about the newly published guide from Education Endowment Foundation (EFF) to support school leaders to implement tutoring more effectively in their setting.

Making best use of teaching assistants

The EEF’s “Making Best Use of Teaching Assistants” guidance report offers teachers and leaders seven evidence-based recommendations to help primary and secondary schools make the best use of teaching assistants.

Assessing the impact of COVID-19 school closures at KS1 on later pupil outcomes (KS1 and KS2)

This longitudinal study from the EEF follows a group of the youngest school-aged children during the Covid-19 pandemic to understand the long-term impact of Covid and school closures on pupils’ attainment and social skills. The study builds on findings from 2021.

Voices of children in care 

A new report by Coram Voice, 10,000 voices, highlights what children in care aged four to  - 18 have said about their well-being. The report found that the vast majority of children in care felt their lives were improving and many spoke positively of their experience.


Renewable fuel statistics 2022: Second provisional report, UK

View here the Department for Transport’s (DfT) stats for supply of renewable fuels for January to December 2022.

Walking, Cycling and Public Transport in Northern Ireland 2021/2022

This report presents findings from the 2021/2022 Continuous Household Survey in relation to cycling in Northern Ireland and public attitudes to active and sustainable travel including views on walking, cycling and public transport.


Energy and emissions projections: 2021 to 2040

View here the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial’s projections of energy demand, greenhouse gas emissions and electricity generation from 2021 to 2040.

Local government

LG Inform updates:

LG Inform Plus Census 2021: New People and Places Report

Since the first round of small area data (LSOAs, Wards and MSOAs) from the 2021 Census was released by ONS, the LGA Inform Team have been working on a report which you can run for your area to show all the data currently available.

The report - People and Place Profile for your chosen area: Census 2021 - is available to users of all organisations subscribed to LG Inform Plus. Unsubscribed users can also view an example of the report.

New and updated data items in LG Inform: KS4 performance

Department for Education (DfE) Key Stage 4 performance for 2021/22 now includes District council in all maintained schools, including separate figures for disadvantaged pupils and those eligible for free school meals.

Metrics added to LG Inform this month include:

Homelessness management information - Ukrainian nationals

The total cumulative number of Ukrainian households owed a homelessness prevention or relief duty in England was 2,175 at 21 October 2022. 

Available Geographies: Country – District - London borough - Metropolitan District - Unitary

National Child Measurement Programme

NHS Digital’s National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) statistics have been published in full for 2021/22, the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic, and these are now in LG Inform and can be viewed in the reception obesity and year 6 obesity reports.

Available Geographies: Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District

Employment, pay and workforce

Real earnings continue to fall due to high inflation, November 2022

Latest labour market statistics showed signs that the fall in real wages is starting to slow but are not keeping pace with the cost of living, with high rates of inflation. Additionally, employment remains more than 300,000 below pre-pandemic levels but vacancies are still high. Explore the full analysis by the Learning and Workforce Institute.

Apprenticeships Outcomes and Destinations

On behalf of The St Martin’s Group, the Learning and Workforce Institute have Learning and Workforce Institute have conducted research to explore the experiences, outcomes and destinations of apprentices who complete their programme and those who do not. The research involved a large-scale survey of apprentices, including a uniquely large sample of non-completers, with follow-up qualitative interviews.


Cost of living: local lessons and responses

In her latest blog ‘Cost of living: local lessons and responses’, Head of Outreach Megan Streb explores what local places can do to address the cost of living crisis, drawing on previous research into youth unemployment and scarring during Covid-19.


Live tables on homelessness, England

See the latest data tables on homelessness provided by DLUHC.


Domestic abuse in England and Wales overview: November 2022

See updated figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on domestic abuse from the Crime Survey for England and Wales

Violence against women and girls: research update November 2022

View an update of the Office for National Statistics’ current and future work related to Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG)

Regular publications and events

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus webinar programme to December 2022 now available

The LG Inform and LG Inform Plus programme of free webinars for the November to December 2022 period is available.

To book a place and discover more about the data, report writing and the various modules on offer visit the online training page for more details and how to book.

If you would like something more tailored to your needs, contact lginformplus@local.gov.uk

Lessons from the pandemic: the experiences of co-resident carers aged 70+ supporting their spouse or partner living with dementia at home

NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit Webinar: Register for the webinar

Thursday 19 January 2023 (1pm – 2pm)

The NIHR funded Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit is holding a webinar to present and discuss emerging findings from their study “The impact of Care Act Easements on co-resident carers over 70 looking after partners living with dementia”. Find out more about this research.

Social Research Association (SRA) training courses

The SRA are currently offering a range of online training courses using Zoom

SRA - Social Research Practice journal

The latest issue of the SRA's free SRA's free e-journal is now available.

Government Actuary Department (GAD) eNewsletter

The latest issue of the GAD eNewsletter is now available.

Project Oracle children and youth evidence hub

Project Oracle is a children and youth evidence hub. The latest newsletter provides a round-up of Project Oracle news, and headlines from across the sector. You can sign up to receive the regular Project Oracle newsletter.

The Rees Centre newsletter

The Rees Centre newsletter is published every two months giving an update on their fostering related research activities and events along with a book review and a section on young voices.

Changing Populations newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change is now available.

Child Welfare Inequalities Project (CWIP) news

The CWIP at Coventry University studies the links between deprivation and children’s chances of being unable to live safely within their birth families and also aims to establish child welfare inequalities as a core concept in policy making, practice and research. Information about current CWIP projects.

NIHR School for Public Health Research

Sign-up to receive the latest news and updates from the NIHR School for Public Research including publications, funding opportunities, upcoming events and more. Read the last NIHR newsletter

Centre for Evaluation newsletter

The Centre for Evaluation develops interventions, systems and strategies to improve public health using rigorous evaluation methods. Visit the website to sign up for the Centre for Evaluation newsletter.

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth newsletter

This regular newsletter from the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth provides the latest resources and evidence. Visit the website to sign up for the What Works newsletter.

The Centre for Youth Impact newsletter

The Centre for Youth Impact is a community of organisations that work together to progress thinking and practice around impact measurement in youth work and services for young people. The latest Centre for Youth Impact newsletter is now available.

The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Newsletter

The CSA newsletter brings together the most up-to-date research into an accessible overview for frontline professionals and commissioners. Visit the website to sign up for the CSA newsletter.

National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) Direct

This regular NFER newsletter provides research, industry insights and free resources and events. Sign up for the NFER newsletter.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) Centre for Evaluation

The Centre for Evaluation aims to improve the design and conduct of evaluations of complex public health interventions through the development, application and dissemination of rigorous methods, and facilitate the use of robust evidence to inform policy and practice decisions. The Centre produce a termly newsletter.

Wales Centre for Public Policy (WCPP) newsletter

WCPP works to address key economic and societal challenges through the use of evidence and produce a regular WCPP newsletter.

Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) news alert

EEF news alerts provide information about teaching and learning toolkits, project evaluation reports, grant funding rounds and news and events.


NESTA is an innovation foundation which aims to tackle society’s big challenges. They produce a regular NESTA newsletter.

Early Intervention Foundation (EiF) newsletter

This regular newsletter from the EiF brings together research, evidence and implementation guidance to champion effective early intervention for children and young people.

Research and Economic Analysis for the Long Term (REAL) Centre

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre was set up to support long-term decision making in health and social care. Visit the website to sign up for regular REAL updates.

Policy Bristol Newsletter

The Policy Bristol Newsletter provides regular policy updates and the latest policy research and events news.

Centre for Population Change (CPC) newsletter

The CPC newsletter outlines activities and news from the Centre.

ActEarly monthly bulletin

The AntennAE monthly e-bulletin provides the latest news and developments from Act Early.