General Reports and Other Publications
PC&PE: The new public health body for England must be (and be seen to be) a ‘fearlessly independent champion of public health standards & objectives’ – say MPs on the Health Select Committee in a recent report.
RoSPA: The official evaluation report for Safe At Home, the first national home safety equipment scheme, has been made public at RoSPA’s National Home Safety Symposium.
nef: Over the last 2 decades the UK has gone from being one of the most equal to one of the most unequal countries in the industrialised world. NEF’s new report, Why the Rich Are Getting Richer, examines what caused this surge in economic inequality and how policymakers can address it. examines what caused this surge in economic inequality and how policymakers can address it.
NAO: The BBC Trust has published an independent report commissioned from the National Audit Office on the ‘BBC’s progress to date in delivering the efficiency savings required under the target set by the BBC Trust following the licence fee settlement in 2007’.
The NAO has concluded that the BBC is delivering value for money from its efficiency programme, called the Continuous Improvement Programme, in that it is on track to deliver these savings and is doing this whilst broadly maintaining its overall performance levels.
CQC: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is taking action to protect the safety & welfare of people living in a new nursing home at Gillingham in Dorset. In a report which is published recently, CQC inspectors identify a series of concerns found at Gillingham Grange.
PC&PE: The Culture Media and Sport Committee has published a short report commenting on responses to its Report on the 2018 World Cup bid. The committee stands by its recommendation that FIFA commission a full independent investigation of the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
IISS: The latest Strategic Comment from the International Institute for Strategic Studies highlights how, 30 months after US President, Barack Obama, made a speech in Prague outlining his commitment to nuclear disarmament, many have been disappointed by the subsequent slow progress on the issue. The prospects for nuclear disarmament now appear rather bleak.
PC&PE: In a recent report the Commons Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) has rejected the government's refusal to bring forward the proposal to reduce the number of ministers in the Commons in line with the proposed reduction of MPs, saying that ‘the creation of so many ministerial posts has been "patronage-driven" rather than reflecting needs’.
The committee is also disappointed that the government is refusing to modernise the doctrine of ministerial accountability to reflect its policies of localism and decentralisation.
IFS: Previous research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown that children born at the start of the academic year achieve better exam results, on average, than children born at the end of the academic year. In England, this means that children born in the autumn tend to outperform those born in the summer.
New research by the IFS now shows that month of birth also matters for other characteristics & outcomes of young people growing up in England today.
TKF: Monitor may fail to fulfil its new responsibilities as the economic regulator for health care unless the government provides greater clarity about its role, according to a new report – Economic regulation in health care: What can we learn from other regulators? - from The King’s Fund.
CBI: The CBI has called on the Government to introduce a new tax incentive to encourage companies to take on young unemployed people, as part of a package of measures aimed at boosting employment across the UK. Against a backdrop of rising unemployment and with one in five young people currently out of work, the CBI is launching a new report ‘Action for jobs: how to get the UK working’.
ESRC: A recent study has concluded that most migrants working in the London sex industry do not feel they are forced to sell sex. The findings were presented at a half-day event last week, “In whose name? Migration, Sex Work and Trafficking”.