English Housing Survey 2016 and other reports published

The Government has a number of reports on housing. One of those published is a report on the energy efficiency of the English housing stock using present-day statistics, time-series analysis and profiling of hard-to-treat dwellings. Among other things this notes: Around one in fifteen privately rented homes have the poorest energy efficiency rating (F or…

Cultural connectedness between the UK and the US

Research published this week by the British Council, entitled ‘A Special Relationship’, revealed that the cultural connectedness between the UK and the US is ‘strong, and shows no signs of weakening’. The research, which surveyed 1000 young people, noted that 71% of Americans agreed that the UK has ‘world-leading arts and cultural institutions and attractions’.…

Government injects £7.5 million into council digital agenda with launch of new sector pledge

A “digital pledge” backed by £7.5 million of Government funding has been launched to help councils transform their online services. Over 50 local authorities, Government departments and partner organisations have already signed up to the pledge, called the Local Digital Declaration, agreeing a common vision for the future of local services. They are now calling…

Museums and galleries monthly visits

In May 2018 there were a total of 3.9 million visits to the DCMS-sponsored museums and galleries. This is an increase of 0.1% (around 4,000 visits) compared with May 2017.

New research into factors the public associate with trustworthy charities

The Charity Commission has published an independent study examining the factors that the public associate with a trustworthy charity. It identifies the key drivers of trust in charities as being: transparent about where money goes (8.8 of 10) true to their values (8.5) efficient in their use of resources (8.4) well-governed and well-managed (8.3) able…

Charity tax statistics 2017/18

HMRC has published the charity tax statistics for 2017/18. Overall the value of tax reliefs to charities (including Gift Aid, SDLT and business rates relief) is £3.62bn and for individuals the value of tax reliefs (including higher rate relief, IHT relief and payroll giving) is £1.46bn.

Design Review makes better buildings and places

Research carried out by the Place Alliance, supported by the Mayor of London and Urban Design London, provides convincing evidence that design review delivers real benefits in terms of raising the quality of design in new developments and changes the culture locally to prioritise the delivery of better place quality. The report, Reviewing Design Review,…

Citizenship and civic engagement: government response to select committee report

The Government has responded to the Lords Select Committee report ‘The Ties that Bind: Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century’ published on 18 April 2018. The Committee’s first recommendation was that there should be a single minister in a single department with responsibility for coordinating all matters that relate to citizenship and civic…

Fisheries white paper: ‘Sustainable fisheries for future generations’

DEFRA has published its ‘Fisheries white paper: sustainable fisheries for future generations’, which lays out the Government’s vision for the marine environment and the fishing industry in a post-Brexit Britain. The paper outlines how the Government will negotiate fishing quotas annually after 2020, when the UK will become ‘an independent coastal state’, explaining that the…

Ministerial Declaration for the UN High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development

The June 2018 first revised draft of the Ministerial Declaration for the UN High-Level Political Forum, the mechanism established by the United Nations for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, made little mention of culture, and no mention of heritage. This is a significant omission. On…