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Why can’t we have an IFS government?

Wouldn't it be refreshing, wonders Janet Sillett, if we could have a government that made decisions based on reliable figures that were grounded in economic reality and not plucked out of thin air?

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Party conference roundup

The devolution question following the Scottish referendum was debated widely at each conference, particularly in the fringes, and the fallout from the Scottish referendum for local areas is still a hot topic among localists and some political commentators.

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Devo-max for England?

The Scottish independence referendum has created a debate around a more devolved UK regardless of the result

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The year ahead

LGiU's Janet Sillett looks at the year ahead in local government.

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Updated guide to Localism Act

The LGiU has updated its Guide to the Localism Act originally published in February 2012. The February guide brought together a series of LGiU briefings on the Act published in November and December 2011, alongside additional comment. The updated guide brings readers up to date with the guidance and regulations that have been published since February…

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Where does the Queen’s speech leave adult social care funding?

UPDATE:  DH have confirmed that a ‘progress report’ addressing the funding of social care will be published later in the spring, to go alongside the Social Care White Paper. They say that the two documents will “probably” be published at the same time.  These will be followed by the Draft Care and Support Bill once…

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The Localism Act – a handy guide

On 8 February the LGiU hosted a major one-day policy conference for the south-west and west midlands. The Localism Act – over to you brought together Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell, Cities Advisor Lord Shipley, with a range of local councillors and officers, as well as senior officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government. The slides form…

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Localisation issues in welfare reform: CLG Committee report

The CLG select committee recently held a short inquiry into the implications of the government’s welfare reform proposals (pdf) from the point of view of local government and the localism agenda. It examined the proposals in the Welfare Reform Bill to abolish elements of the discretionary social fund and council tax benefit, replacing both with localised…

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Highlights from the party conferences

This briefing highlights and comments on the key announcements and debates for local government and reflects on what the conferences may tell us about how the leadership of the political parties view local government.

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