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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.
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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com.
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
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
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.
Available Geographies: Country – District – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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
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.
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