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July 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.

The bulletin brings together the work of the LGA and also features relevant publications from the wider research community. The information in this bulletin is grouped under themed areas. This publication is produced by LGA Research and Information and we provide high quality analysis and research across all aspects of local government.

Health and social care

A perfect storm – health inequalities and the impact of COVID-19
This LGA briefing examines both the impact of COVID-19 on inequalities and the impact of the pandemic restrictions on inequality.

The government’s levelling up agenda
The Health Foundation have produced analysis showing the impact of geographic inequalities on health, and a new briefing on the government’s levelling up agenda.

Strengthening families protecting children: family pilot safeguarding pilot evaluation report
The What Works for Children’s Social Care has produced a new report outlining findings from a pilot evaluation of the Family Safeguarding Model in Cambridgeshire.

Tackling obesity: the role of the NHS in a whole-system approach - England
This briefing from The Kings Fund focuses on rising obesity rates in England, and finds that in recent years the gap in obesity prevalence between the most and least deprived communities has widened substantially.

Unequal pandemic, fairer recovery: the COVID-19 impact inquiry report - UK
This report from The Health Foundation reviews the factors that fuelled the UK’s COVID-19 death toll.

Adult social care in England, monthly statistics: as of 22 June 2021
These experimental statistics from the Department of Health and Social Care (DoHSC) provide information on a range of topics including infection control measures, coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in adult social care settings in England, as of 22 June 2021.

Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 30 June to 4 July 2021
These indicators from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) Opinions and Lifestyle Survey cover the period 30 June to 4 July and provide details of the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people, households and communities in Great Britain.

GP Patient Survey 2021 Results
The NHS England and NHS Improvement GP Patient Survey assesses patient experiences of healthcare services provided by GP practices and experience of NHS dental services. The results are presented at GP practice, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and national level.

Understanding integration: how to listen to and learn from people and communities
Over the past year, Picker and The King’s Fund have been working with NHS England and NHS Improvement on how integrated care systems (ICSs) can listen more to, and learn from, people and communities. A guide for partners working in these systems has been produced, with ideas on how they might go about this.

Education and young people

Research study into resilience in young people
This report from the University of Bristol, explores the multiple factors of youth resilience in the context of targeted youth service support.

Recovering from COVID-19
The National Foundation for Educational Research (NfER) have conducted two new pieces of research  looking at the impact of COVID-19 on education in mainstream and special schools: ‘Recovering from COVID-19: What Pupils and Schools Need Now’ and ‘Special Schools and Colleges: Summer 2021’.

The big lockdown learning parent survey
This Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) research was an exploratory study to provide insights into parental perceptions of home learning. The study was developed rapidly in response to the announcement in January 2021 that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, school attendance would be limited to vulnerable children and children of key workers.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak - England
These Department for Education (DfE) statistics provide a summary of attendance and COVID-19 related absences in education settings at local authority and region level in England from 10 June 2021 and 15 July 2021 and attendance in early years settings from 23 March 2020 to 22 July 2021.

Post-16 education and labour market activities and outcomes of looked-after children (LEO) in England – 2006 to 2009
These DfE statistics provide an analysis of post-16 education and labour market activities and outcomes for children that were in care between 2006 and 2009 in England.


Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: April 2020 to March 2021
These Department for Transport (DfT) statistics provide provisional estimates of road traffic, by vehicle type and road class in Great Britain, for the year ending March 2021.

Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Great Britain since March 2020
These DfT statistics provide information on transport use by mode in Great Britain between 1 March 2020 and 12 July 2021.

Vehicle speed compliance statistics for Great Britain: 2020
This DfT statistical release presents estimates of car compliance with speed limits in free-flowing conditions on roads in Great Britain during 2020.


Greenhouse gas accounting tool update
The Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool, developed by Local Partnerships and the LGA, provides a consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline and has been updated to incorporate Scope Three council emissions reporting and also a revised set of carbon intensity factors. The tool, which is freely available for all councils in England, 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. Councils are also able to benchmark their emissions with others on LG Inform.

The people and nature survey for England: monthly indicators for April 2021 (Official Statistics)
The People and Nature Survey from Natural England, covers the period 1 to 30 April 2021, and considers the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on how people use the natural environment in England.

UK statistics on waste – July 2021 update
These Department for Environment, food and Rural Affairs (Defra) statistics provide information on the total waste generated for the whole of the UK and includes new data for 2017 to 2019.

Local government

Local government financial statistics -  England 2021
This Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) compendium publication provides an overview of local government finance data.This volume contains outturn summaries of local government expenditure and income for the financial years up to 2019-2020, the latest year for which complete information is available, and some estimates for 2020-2021.

LG Inform updates:
LG Inform, the LGA’s free online data and benchmarking service which provides contextual and performance data for your local area, recently celebrated its 10th birthday. Ninety-six per cent of councils are signed up to LG Inform and in early h July the site passed the landmark figure of four million views. Users can review and compare performance with other authorities via the LG Inform themed reports or find a specific metric from the database containing 8,500 items.  

2020 - 21 data on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities available in LG Inform
The DfE Special Educational Needs in England data for 2020-21 is now available in LG Inform, and the DfE/LGA Research Report - Local Area SEND report has been updated accordingly. This report includes detailed Special Educational Needs (SEN) data for primary, secondary and special schools for local areas.

Children’s health and wellbeing in your area
Originally released in October 2016, this revised LG Inform report outlines several key indicators of children and young people’s health and wellbeing in single tier and county areas. It is designed to support local discussions about key issues and challenges related to the health and wellbeing of children and young people by council area. The report features, topics such as: Best Start in Life; Early Development; Child Safety and Wellbeing.

Metrics added to LG Inform this month include:

Electric vehicle homecharge scheme: number of charging devices installed - England

In England, 36,517 charging devices were installed under the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme in 2020, up from 22,334 in 2019. This installation investment amounted to £14.6 million value of grants, up from £11.2 million in 2019. Surrey, with 1402, had the highest number of devices installed in 2020. Annual figures from 2015 have been published by DfT, as part of their electric vehicle charging infrastructure statistics.
Available Geographies: UK – Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District
Data and reports | LG Inform (local.gov.uk)

Workplace charging scheme: cumulative number of sockets installed - England
As of Quarter 1 2021 in England, there were 12,089 sockets installed under the Electric Workplace Charging Scheme. This installation amounted to £5.3 million value of grants, for this voucher-based scheme. Kent with 302, had the highest number of installations up to March 2021. These are the first figures published for this scheme by the DfT, as part of their electric vehicle charging infrastructure statistics.
Available Geographies: UK – Country – Region – County – London borough – Metropolitan District – Unitary – District
Data and reports | LG Inform (local.gov.uk)

Employment, pay and workforce

Higher education graduate outcomes survey UK: 2018 to 2019
These Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) experimental statistics provide details of the  activities of graduates who obtained qualifications during the 2018/2019 academic year.

A study of work and health transitions: analysis of Understanding Society
This Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and DOHSC research was commissioned to develop further understanding of the dynamics of work and health transitions in the UK.


Coronavirus and the impact on output in the UK economy: April to May 2021
This ONS report provides an analysis of monthly growth for the production and services industries in the UK between April and May 2021, highlighting the impact of the pandemic.

Coronavirus and its impact on UK hospitality: January 2020 to June 2021
This ONS report provides analysis of the UK hospitality sector during coronavirus (COVID-19) with a focus on the easing of restrictions in spring 2021. It includes details of how the sector has performed and the future of employment in hospitality.

Economic activity and social change in the UK, real-time indicators: 8 July 2021
This ONS early experimental data and analysis provides information on economic activity and social change in the UK. These indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources, and experimental methods.

Economic trends in the retail sector, Great Britain: 1989 to 2019
This ONS report considers how retail sales fit in with the wider economic climate, including movements over time, long-term trends and recent growth rates in Great Britain.


English Housing Survey, 2019 to 2020
The English Housing Survey is a continuous national survey commissioned by MHCLG. It collects information about people’s housing circumstances and the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England. Recent reports published as part of the 2019-2020 survey include information on: home ownership, the private and social rented sector, well-being and neighbourhoods, home adaptations and feeling safe from fire.

Housing statistics 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 - England
These statistics present the housing starts on site and housing completions delivered by Homes England between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021.


Crime in England and Wales: year ending March 2021
This ONS publication provides crime statistics from the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and police recorded crime for the year ending March 2021.

Crime outcomes in England and Wales 2020 to 2021
This Home Office publication provides details of outcomes assigned to offences recorded to March 2021 and the total number of outcomes recorded, by outcome type and offence type.

Police use of firearms statistics, England and Wales: April 2020 to March 2021 second edition
These Home Office statistics provide information on police use of firearms in England and Wales in the year ending March 2021.

Regular publications and events

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus webinar programme for Summer 2021 now available
The LG Inform and LG Inform Plus programme of free webinars until September 2021 is now 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 would like 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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) society now
This regular magazine from ESRC provides the latest social science research for key opinion formers in business, government and the voluntary sector.

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.