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December 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

Housing and living well with dementia – From policy to practice in Greater Manchester

This report from the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSCP) examines the existing health, social care, and housing options available to people living with dementia - focusing on how to provide housing within community settings, and calls for all services that support people living with dementia, carers and loved ones to work more closely together.

What does our ageing population mean for health and social care demand?

This Health Foundation report explores the complexities involved in predicting future health and care demand.

Monthly statistics for adult social care – England – week ending 23 November 2021

These experimental Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) statistics provide information on a range of topics including infection control measures, COVID-19 vaccinations, flu vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in adult social care settings in England for the week ending 23 November 2021.

Adult social care workforce survey,13 September to 14 October 2021- England

These DHSC experimental statistics provide the responses collected from almost 9,000 adult social care settings in England through the adult social care workforce survey between 13 September and 14 October 2021.

Children and young people’s patient experience survey: November 2020 to January 2021, England

These DHSC and Care Quality Commission (CQC) statistics provide information on children and young people’s experiences of admitted NHS hospital care in England in November 2020 to January 2021.

What is happening to life expectancy in England?

This long read from The King’s fund (recently updated), examines trends in life expectancy at birth up to 2020 and the impact of COVID -19 in 2020, gender differences, geographical inequalities, causes of the changing trends since 2011, and how the UK’s life expectancy compares with other countries.

Economic activity and social change in the UK, real-time indicators: week of 12 December 2021

This ONS early experimental data and analysis provides information on economic activity and social change in the UK for the week of 12 December 2021. These faster indicators are created using rapid response surveys, novel data sources, and experimental methods.

Education and young people

Special educational needs (SEN) support: findings from a qualitative study

This Department for Education (DFE) research report considers school leaders' and teachers' approaches to identifying and meeting the needs of pupils receiving SEN support, and how they evaluate the support provided.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: 23 March 2020 to 9 December 2021 - England

These DfE statistics provide a summary of attendance in education and early years settings during the COVID-19 pandemic from 23 March 2020 to 9 December 2021 in England.

Growing up in the COVID-19 pandemic: An evidence review of the impact of pandemic life on physical development in the early years

This Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) report provides a brief review of emerging international and UK evidence on seven key factors associated with children’s early physical health and development, and the extent to which the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic have impacted on these.

Local authority and school expenditure: 2020 to 2021 financial year - England

These DfE statistics provide details of local authority spending plans for education, children's services and social care in England for the 2020/21 financial year.


Transport use during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and developing faster indicators of transport activity since March 2020 – Great Britain

These Department for Transport (DfT) statistics provide information on transport use by mode to monitor the use of the transport system in Great Britain during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Passenger journeys on local bus services: Great Britain annual from 1950 to the present day

These DfT statistics provide information on passenger journeys on local bus services in Great Britain from 1950 to the present day.

Passenger rail usage: July to September 2021 – Great Britain

These Office of Rail and Road (ORR) passenger rail usage statistics provide the latest data for Great Britain, covering 1 July to 30 September 2021.

Quarterly bus statistics: July to September 2021, Great Britain

These DfT statistics provide information on local bus passenger journeys and fares in Great Britain for July to September 2021.

Provisional road traffic estimates, Great Britain: October 2020 to September 2021

These DfT provisional statistics provide estimates for road traffic in Great Britain for the year ending September 2021, by vehicle type and road class.

Transport statistics Great Britain: 2021

This DfT report examines statistical trends in the British transport sector for the 2021 calendar year.


Statistics on waste managed by local authorities in England in the 2020/21 financial year

These Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) statistics provide information on local authority collected waste management for England in the  2020/21 financial year.

Local government

Impact of in-person council meetings survey

Between October and November 2021, the LGA conducted a survey of councils in England to gather information on the impact of in-person council meetings for statutory and decision-making meetings, and how this may affect councils in the short- to long-term. The survey focused on councillor attendance at meetings, public engagement, benefits and challenges, and costs incurred.

Heads of communications surveys

This LGA report presents the findings from a survey sent to all councils' Heads of Communications in England and Wales earlier this year to provide insight into the state of local government communications.

LG Inform updates:

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus Reports: spotlight on key issues

These reports have proved to be a successful method of enabling users to make the most of the data available in LG Inform. Examples of reports featured this year include;

COVID-19 - including Quick View and Care Homes, continue to be highly used and this year new reports have been added on vaccinations at authority level. For subscribers to LG Inform Plus, vaccination data is available at MSOA level and for Parliamentary Constituencies. You can also view data on general vaccinations for children in this report.

Local government finance - insights are available from the Key Financial Indicators report and the VFM Profiles site featuring over 1,000 metrics. Gender Pay Gap Statistics (published by the HM Government Gender Pay Gap Service Pay) is covered within the Gender Pay Gap Report.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities - the (SEND) Report receives around 20,000 views each year. The current report includes recent data for 17 data collections including the ‘Outcomes for Children Looked After by Local Authorities in England’ and the ‘Characteristics of Children in Need in England’ collections.

This report is complimented by the Children in Need and Care and Children’s Health and Wellbeing themed reports which were also updated and extended this year.

Environment - the Greenhouse Gas Accounting Tool, developed by Local Partnerships, provides a straightforward and consistent approach for councils seeking to calculate their own carbon baseline. The Local Green Jobs report provides analysis of the jobs required for a net zero economy in England.

Digital Skills- the Digital Skills Pipeline report 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.

Metrics added to LG Inform this month include:

Recorded dementia diagnosis – November 2021 - England

The estimated true number of cases of dementia for people aged 65+ in England was 687,602 in November 2021, an increase from 686,913 in October 2021. This includes both people registered with a formal diagnosis of dementia and people who have not been formally diagnosed. The estimate is based on the characteristics of the population and the age and sex specific prevalence rates from the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study II. 

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

Dementia Cases - LGInform 

NHS Health Check – Quarter 2 2021/22 - England

The quarterly percentage of NHS Health Checks: Appointments received was 0.8 per cent in quarter 2 2021/22, (quarterly percentage) a decrease from the pre-COVID peak of 2.3 per cent in quarter 4 2018/19.  This is the percentage of appointments received by the eligible population within the quarter.

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

NHS Healthcheck - LGInform 

Fly-tipping incidents – 2020/21 financial year - England

These Defra statistics on local authority fly-tipping show that for England in the 2020/21 financial year the number of incidents per 1,000 people was 20.1, with the highest rate being the London region at 42.7. There were over 1.1 million fly-tipping incidents, with all regions except Yorkshire and The Humber increasing from the previous year. 

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

Fly-tipping incidents per 1,000 people - LGInform 

Employment, pay and workforce

Results from the labour in horticulture survey 2021 for Quarter three, England

These Defra experimental statistics provide the results from the Quarter 3 2021 Labour in Horticulture Survey in England.

UK labour market: August to October 2021

This ONS report provides estimates of employment, unemployment, inactivity, average weekly earnings, vacancies and other labour market related statistics for the UK between August and October 2021. This release also includes latest estimates of workforce jobs.

Labour market in the regions of the UK: August to October 2021

This ONS report provides regional, local authority and Parliamentary constituency breakdowns of changes in UK employment, unemployment, economic inactivity and other related statistics for the three months ending October 2021.

Changing trends and recent shortages in the labour market, UK: 2016 to 2021

These ONS statistics provide a summary of labour market changes between 2016 and 2021 and include labour market flows and workforce demographics.

Public sector employment, UK: September 2021 time series

This ONS publication provides a seasonally adjusted and non-seasonally adjusted quarterly time series of UK public sector employment as at September 2021.


UK overseas trade in goods statistics: October 2021

These HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) statistics detail international trade in goods at summary product and country level for the UK for October 2021.

UK overseas trade in goods statistics October 2021: import and export data

These HMRC statistics provide EU and Non-EU import and export data for October 2021.

UK trade: October 2021

These ONS statistics provide details of the total value of UK exports and imports of goods and services by current price, chained volume measures and implied deflators.

Forecasts for the UK economy: December 2021

This HM Treasury report provides a comparison of independent forecasts for the UK economy in December 2021.

Retail sales, Great Britain: November 2021

These ONS statistics provide a first estimate of retail sales in volume and value terms, seasonally and non-seasonally adjusted for November 2021, in Great Britain.


Levelling up with social housing

This report from Shelter considers the housing challenges that are developing in places the government identifies as ‘left behind’. These include unaffordable tenancies, poor temporary accommodation and longer social housing waiting lists.

No place like home?

A new Health Impact Assessment conducted by Public Health Wales highlights how the Coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated that having a safe, secure home is essential for our health, wellbeing and equity, and explains what needs to be done to ensure that this is the reality for most people. 

Housing beyond markets and state

This report from New Local considers the powers that councils and communities may need in order to fix the planning system.

Assessment of compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics: Statistics on statutory homelessness in England

The Office for Statistics Regulation have published their assessment report on the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) statutory homelessness in England statistics.


Civil Justice statistics quarterly: July to September 2021 – England and Wales

These Ministry of Justice (MoJ) statistics provide information on the volume of civil and judicial review cases dealt with by the courts over time and the overall timeliness of these cases between July and September 2021 in England and Wales.

Regular publications and events

LG Inform and LG Inform Plus webinar programme for January to March 2022 now available

The LG Inform and LG Inform Plus programme of free webinars for the January to March 2022 period 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.

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.