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Education, Health and Care Plans: Ombudsman complaints – England

The number of complaints to the Ombudsman about Education, Health and care Plans is increasing rapidly. The rate of finding against local authorities and their partners has risen from just over 50% to almost 90%. A checklist is provided for LAs to review practice and reduce complaints.

England & Wales
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Work and Pensions Committee Universal Credit: natural migration

This briefing covers a report published by the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on the process of migration from existing benefits (the legacy system) to Universal Credit. Migration is currently by either natural migration, when the circumstances of claimants change, or through managed migration, which will apply to all remaining claimants of legacy…

England & Wales, Scotland
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Modern methods of construction

They have been talked about as a panacea for housebuilding for nearly 20 years. But to what extent are builders using modern methods of construction (MMC) and what, if anything, is holding them back?

England & Wales
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Swift Read: The Transport Bill transforming local authority powers in Scotland

New powers for local authorities in Scotland are included in the Transport (Scotland) Bill passed on Thursday 10 October 2019, including powers for councils to bring in bus service improvement partnerships or operating their own bus companies, the introduction of low-emission zones and the introduction of the workplace parking levy. This briefing covers the main…

Scotland
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Local Government Performance 2018: Report of the National Oversight and Audit Commission

This briefing is the latest in our series of briefings on reports commissioned and published by the National Oversight and Audit Commission. Report no 22 is NOAC’s fifth annual Performance Indicator Report, which addresses some 37 selected indicators at national level. By and large they cover all of the key services provided by local authorities.

Ireland
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Universal Credit and Foodbank Use

This briefing covers a recent Trussell Trust report, which examines the impact of the five week waiting period for Universal Credit (UC) on food bank use and other consequences of financial hardship. The analysis demonstrates a substantial increase in foodbank use accompanying UC roll out.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

The new cold war: why everyone wants a piece of the Arctic

This briefing offers a beginner’s guide to Arctic matters and the interests of the key states and prospective players in the region. It surveys the new opportunities created by the retreating ice, and the new dangers these pose to the sustainability of the Arctic and its population. It also considers the governance of the region:…

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland