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The riots: the response and implications for local authorities

The government has announced a series of immediate measures to provide support for communities and individuals affected by the riots. This special briefing considers issues of most relevance for local authorities –  on police reforms and budgets, possible new sanctions for those involved in disturbances and on the renewed focus on dealing with ‘troubled’ families.…

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So, does nudging make a difference?

Can the government, change not just me but the whole population’s behaviour to make us all healthier and happier?

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From crisis intervention to prevention?

Helena Herklots, is right to stress in her Guardian article the absolute importance of day-to-day services to many older people’s quality of life – services that are often low cost and straightforward can help people to stay independent and to enjoy life – services like befriending and handypersons. All of us, but maybe especially health…

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CLG select committee report on localism

The communities and local government select committee published its report on localism on 9 June following an extensive inquiry. The committee welcomes the government’s support of a localist approach, but questions its delivery. It suggests that there is no coherent definition of localism, and there is lack of clarity over who would ultimately be responsible…

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Local government does well in NHS Future Forum report

How has local government and localism come out of the Field Future Forum report? Pretty well: the forum recognises the potential key role of health andwellbeing boards and, indeed, wants to see this strengthened; they wantthe new consortia to be coterminous with council areas (though clearly theones already set up are not – will they…

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Health accountability – at last they get it

Andrew Lansley seems to have, at last, conceded that there may just be a lack of transparency in the arrangements for GP consortia. Many of us have been saying that from the beginning. There will have to be big changes to make the consortia open and accountable to local people. It certainly looks like the…

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Cross-government review of statutory duties placed on local government

The huge numbers of statutory duties that have accumulated over centuries are clearly a heavy burden on local government. Many will be out dated. A review that clarifies what they are across government and begins the process of rationalisation must be positive. It is therefore welcoming to see the government announce (though without much publicity)…

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The Welfare Reform Bill: additional remarks

This post is based on a LGiU members briefing (£) written by Jazmin Glassborow The intention of the Welfare Reform Bill is to address key identified deficiencies in the existing benefits system: complexity, weak work incentives, and costly administration. The central proposal is the introduction of a Universal Credit, replacing various means-tested working-age benefits, to be implemented in 2013…

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Democracy, accountability – warm words but do health reforms live up to their billing?

The coalition says one of the main objectives of their health reforms is to make healthcare more accountable to local people – one of the tests must be, therefore, whether democratic accountability will be strengthened. No-one could argue that the NHS is a paragon of accountability currently. It looks upward to the Secretary of State…

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