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August 2021 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

Adult Social Care Client Level Data (ASC-CLD) project update
The ASC Client Level Data project now has a dedicated webpage providing basic information about the project. This includes all the resources needed for the collection including newsletters, the CLD launch letter, latest versions of the specification and guidance, project onboarding instructions, useful links plus a comprehensive suite of support materials. Since the project was launched, five local authorities have signed up to flow data, and almost over sixty per cent of local authorities have expressed their interest in signing up. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) are keen to engage with all local authorities and have reopened the CLD survey that can be accessed until 30 September 2021. If you haven’t already shared your views please do complete the survey. 

The first edition of the quarterly Adult Social Care – Client Level Data Newsletter is now available. This includes updates on progress and planned developments, specification change control, features, and case studies. If you would like to see other content, share your local authorities’ experience of CLD or innovative uses of the data, or have some general feedback about the project please get in touch at socialcaredata@dhsc.gov.uk

Adult social care in England, monthly statistics: July 2021
These experimental statistics from DHSC provide information on a range of areas including infection control measures, coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in adult social care settings in England as at the end of July 2021.

Resident-to-resident harm in care homes and other residential settings: a scoping review
This report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explores resident-to-resident harm in care homes, also referred to as resident-to-resident abuse. This report identifies current research, policy and practice on the topic.

Community Life survey 2020/21 - England
This report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) summarises the results from the 2020/21 Community Life  survey, which ran from April 2020 to March 2021 in England.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 28 July to 1 August 2021
This ONS report provides indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the period 28 July to 1 August 2021 to understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

Local COVID-19 impact analysis reports
Councils in England are able to use freely available local COVID-19 impact analysis reports as part of their work to aid recovery. The Local Data Spaces (LDS) programme is a collaboration between the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), ONS, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and ADR UK (Administrative Data Research UK). The LDS programme is using de-identified COVID-19 data from the national Test and Trace programme, alongside health and administrative data from ONS and local authorities, to understand the spread of the pandemic in local areas and its impact on communities. Ten themed reports have been produced for each local area in England, profiling a variety of topics from local changes to retail and leisure, to positive COVID-19 rates by work sector. Download your local area’s reports for free on the Consumer Data Research Centre website.

Education and young people

Permanent exclusions and suspensions in England: 2019 to 2020 academic year
These Department for Education (DfE) statistics provide details of levels of permanent exclusions and suspensions by school type, including information on reasons for permanent exclusions and review panels in England for the 2019/20 academic year.

Systematic review and meta-analysis of policies, programmes and interventions that improve outcomes for young people leaving the out-of-home care system
This report from The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care assesses the effectiveness of policies, programmes and interventions which improve outcomes for care leavers transitioning into adult living arrangements.

Vulnerable children and young people survey- waves 1 to 26, England
This DfE report provides a summary of waves 1 to 26 of the Vulnerable Children and Young People Local Authority Survey in England to help understand the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on children’s social care.

The good childhood report 2021 - UK
This annual report from the Children’s Society shows the latest trends in children's well-being in the UK and considers how young people feel about different aspects of their lives.


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Great Britain since March 2020 to August 2021
These Department for Transport (DfT) statistics provide information on transport use by mode in Great Britain between March 2020 and August 2021.

Attitudes towards COVID-19 among passengers arriving into the UK: February to June 2021
These ONS figures provide results from coronavirus (COVID-19) related questions that are asked of international arrivals as part of the International Passenger Survey. The questions ask respondents about their attitudes and experiences toward coronavirus and their experience of restriction during their travels.

Domestic road freight statistics UK: 2020
These DfT statistics provide details of domestic road freight activity for the United Kingdom and internationally in 2020.

Electric vehicle charging device statistics: 1 July 2021 - UK
These statistics from DfT and the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles, provide details on the number of publicly available electric vehicle charging devices in the UK in July 2021.

A moment of change: Increasing uptake of cycling following COVID-19 travel disruption - UK
This DfT research explores how to increase cycling behaviour following COVID-19 travel disruption.


Renewable fuel statistics 2021: First provisional report – UK
These DfT statistics provide provisional information on the supply of renewable fuels for January to December 2021 in the UK.

UK local authority and regional carbon dioxide emissions national statistics: 2005 to 2019
This publication from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) provides UK local authority and regional estimates of carbon dioxide emissions.

Local government

Council’s role supporting the digital skills pipeline - UK
The LGA’s new report: council’s role supporting the digital skills pipeline outlines the economic and employment contributions of the UK’s digital tech sector and the key role that councils play in supporting local digital skills progression in the face of likely growth. It also provides regional and national forecasts for digital employment which are available on LG Inform.

LG Inform updates:

Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool in LG Inform updated

The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool has been developed by Local Partnerships and the LGA to provide a straightforward and consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline. The tool, used to record Scope one and two council emissions, has been updated to incorporate wider Scope three reporting and a revised set of carbon intensity factors from the BEIS.

The tool produces summary tables and charts to help councils understand their most significant sources of emissions, which can then be used to prioritise actions to reduce carbon emissions. Data is automatically linked with the relevant UK Government Conversion Factors, taking away some of the burden of calculations.

Councils are also able to benchmark their emissions with others on LG Inform using this standardised approach, and store baselines to understand how their performance compares with their peers across the country. This tool is freely available for all councils in England and has been endorsed by the Climate Change Committee. If you have any questions please contact: ghgaccounting@localpartnerships.gov.uk.

Metrics added to LG Inform this month include:
Average time between a child entering care and a local authority receiving court authority to place a child, for children who have been adopted (days) - England

In England, the average time between an adopted child entering care and being placed in 2017/18-2019/20 was 256 days. This has fallen from 433 days, that was the average length of time in 2011. These three-year DfE adoption figures are now included in the LG Inform Children in Need & Care report. 

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

LGA Research: Children in Need and Care | LG Inform (local.gov.uk) 

Local government complaint reviews: Proportion of upheld cases where the authority provided a satisfactory remedy before the complaint reached the Ombudsman 
In 2020/21, there were 2,104 upheld complaints by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman, of which 11 per cent were upheld cases where the authority provided a satisfactory remedy before the complaint reached the Ombudsman. These metrics are part of a new LG Inform Local government complaint reviews report. 

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

Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman - Local government complaint reviews | LG Inform 

Total number of Local Council Tax Support claimants in England 
The introduction of Local Council Tax Support schemes (LCTS), from 1 April 2013, replaced the nationally set Council Tax Benefit (CTB). Each council now has in place its own individually designed and owned LCTS scheme to provide help to low-income (working age) council taxpayers.

The total number of Local Council Tax Support claimants in England in quarter one 2021/22 was 4,022,902, a decrease of 30,137 from 4,053,039 in the previous  quarter. 

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

Total number of Local Council Tax Support claimants in England | LG Inform (local.gov.uk) 

Employment, pay and workforce

Labour market statistics time series: August 2021 - UK
This ONS dataset contains labour market statistics data time series.

UK labour market: April to June 2021
These ONS statistics provide estimates of employment, unemployment, inactivity, average weekly earnings, vacancies and other labour market related statistics for the UK between April and June 2021. This release also includes UK and non-UK people in the labour market, number of people on zero-hour contracts and Labour market flows.


Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: May to June 2021
This ONS analysis provides information on monthly growth for the production and services industries between May 2021 and June 2021, highlighting the impact from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

UK trade: June 2021
These ONS statistics provides information on the total value of UK exports and imports of goods, services by current price, chained volume measures and implied deflators as at June 2021.

Gross domestic product (GDP) monthly estimate, UK: June 2021
These ONS GDP statistics measure the value of goods and services produced in the UK and estimate the size of and growth in the economy in June 2021.

How well do you know your microbusinesses?
The LGA commissioned Shared Intelligence to conduct research to understand microbusinesses in different local economies and the role councils and their partners can play to support them.

Wealth of the nation report – the financial state of households across the UK
This report from CACI uses the latest data to look at what has happened to income over time by local area. Data for 1.6 million postcode areas across the UK have been analysed and the findings are available in the report. The publication considers whether levels of consumer mobility have been affected by income group as we have progressed through the various stages of the pandemic.

Economic activity and social change in the UK, real-time indicators: 19 August 2021
This ONS early experimental data and analysis provides information on economic activity and social change in the UK. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources, and experimental methods.


Housing market: key economic indicators – UK, June 2021
This House of Commons Library research briefing provides data on house prices, mortgage approvals and house building as at June 2021 in the UK.


Prison education statistics 2019 to 2020 - England
These Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics provide an overview of education in prison, covering assessment, participation, achievement and offenders’ demographics in England for 2019-20.

Offender management statistics quarterly: January to March 2021 – England and Wales
These MoJ statistics provide quarterly data on offenders in custody (including offence groups, sentence lengths and nationalities), prison receptions and prison releases, adjudications, license recalls and offenders under probation supervision between January and March 2021 in England.

Proven reoffending statistics: July to September 2019 – England and Wales
These MoJ statistics provide information on reoffending of offenders who were released from custody, received a non-custodial conviction, or a caution between July and September 2019 in England and Wales.

Safety in custody quarterly: update to March 2021 – England and Wales
These quarterly statistics from the MoJ and HM Prison Service provide updates on deaths, self-harm and assaults in prison custody in England and Wales to March 2021.

Knife and offensive weapon sentencing statistics: year ending March 2021
These MoJ statistics provide information on trends in the cautioning and sentencing of knife and offensive weapon offences for the year ending March 2021.

Criminal Justice System statistics quarterly: year ending March 2021
These MoJ statistics provide an overview of trends in out of court disposals, prosecutions, convictions, remand and sentencing decisions, and offender histories in England and Wales for the year ending March 2021.

Regular publications and events

Your opportunity to get involved with the development of ONS population statistics

It’s an exciting time to get involved in the development of population statistics as ONS transforms its statistics and looks forward to the outcomes from Census 2021. To ensure its statistics are effective and relevant ONS needs your help.  

Are you someone with a knowledge of demography and local policy who would like to play your part? If so, you may be interested in working with ONS as part of the Central Local Information Partnership (CLIP) Population sub-group. CLIP enables central and local government to work together to develop efficient and effective statistics. This sub-group is specifically responsible for population statistics and meets twice a year (online, using Microsoft Teams)

The purpose of these meetings is to seek feedback from expert local authority users like you on ONS’s development and improvement work. 

Views from a range of local authorities are vital, so if you are interested in joining the group please email pop.info@ons.gov.uk 

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus webinar programme for Summer 2021 now available

The LG Inform and LG Inform Plus programme of free webinars till the end of  September 2021 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.

Or, if you want something more tailored to your needs, contact lginformplus@local.gov.uk

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 e-journal is now available.

NESTA Online events

NESTA are running a series of free online events during June.

University of Bristol – policy newsletter

This policy newsletter from the University of Bristol includes the latest policy research briefings and information on how their research relates to current affairs and legislation.

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.

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 is available on the website.

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 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 2020 Centre for Youth Impact newsletter is now available.

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 newsletter.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Centre for Population Change (CPC) Newsletter
The ESRC CPC is investigating how and why our population is changing and what this means for people, communities and governments. Visit the website to sign up for the CPC 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 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 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 updates.