At the forthcoming General Election, political parties will compete to show they have the best plans to help people get on the housing ladder. NIACE argues support for people to climb the career ladder should be...Read more »
Yesterday’s Challenge Panel report, looking at the future of service transformation within and beyond local government, was published to deserved fanfare.
Column originally published in the Local Government Chronicle on 5 November 2014. This year’s Solace summit in Liverpool gave us plenty to think about. The big challenges facing local government over the...Read more »
For a while I thought that the devolution debate, which flared up around the time of the referendum in Scotland, would sneak into the background. And then the Chancellor announced that Greater Manchester was set for...Read more »
Damon Gibbons of Centre for Responsible Credit, responds to ResPublica report on payday lending This Monday saw the publication of a new report from ResPublica: ‘Climbing the credit ladder: short term loans as a path to long...Read more »
There are many care leavers who, with the right support and guidance from learning providers and social services staff, gain a degree. The latest in our series of blogs for National Care Leavers Week is an...Read more »
Continuing our series of blogs for National Care Leavers Week, Jude Robinson, Service Manager for Children’s Services at Hampshire County Council, outlines what is being done to ensure that young people leaving the care of the local authority have the best possible chance of progressing positively into further learning or employment.
Personally, I love the buzz of Party Conferences – they’re noisy, busy, cramped and there are always too many things going on at once and many fascinating discussions to be had during the long days. The downside is they’re amongst the worse places on earth to actually concentrate and think – which is scary, as it’s usually where I am when I’m asked to quickly formulate a sensible view on a brand new policy I’ve never heard of before.
I always seem to leave Manchester in the sun and it’s happened again as I leave the Labour Party Conference after a couple of fascinating days. We were there to promote our manifesto for a truly...Read more »
Column originally published in the Local Government Chronicle on 9 September 2014. In early 2014 NIACE published groundbreaking research on its work with a number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) employers in...Read more »
Last month’s employment rate at 73.0% is slightly lower than July’s record, and the inactivity rate at 21.9% is slightly higher than July as well. But, these figures are not the highest published working age figure – that...Read more »
Just a few days into my new role as Assistant Director of Policy and Public Affairs, I’m very pleased to pen my first blog at NIACE. It’s also a great opportunity to note my delight at...Read more »
It’s not often that ESOL hits the headlines, but last night’s BBC Newsnight provided a welcome focus in the mainstream media on ESOL provision and its importance for the one million or so people in England and Wales believed not to speak English fluently.
The benefit cap has always been a solution looking for a problem, and today’s headlinessuggest that Policy Exchange want to widen that search. The cap isn’t cutting benefit spending. The latest government figures suggest that the cap has reduced welfare...Read more »
Amanda Scales won our Outstanding Adult Learner of the Year in the South-East in 2012. As with all of our national award winners, she was remarkable and it was obvious from the first time I met...Read more »