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The Entitlements Inquiry – APPG for Looked-After Children and Care Leavers

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Looked-After Children and Care Leavers has published The Entitlements Inquiry into the differences between what looked-after children and care leavers across England are entitled to and the support they actually receive. Over 70% of children in care and 80% of young care leavers do not think they have…

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Health and wellbeing boards: one year on

This Kings Fund report, based on a survey of health and wellbeing boards, found that boards had made a very good start, with positive relationships, influence over clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and new joint health and wellbeing strategies. However, although boards recognised that they need to accelerate progress there was little sign that they were…

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Regional policy for smart growth and SME support

This briefing draws on EU documents on smart specialisation, innovation, and SME support in regional or local economic development. Smart specialisation is an ‘ex ante’ condition for spending on certain thematic objectives of the European Investment and Structural Funds, and is a crucial EU policy for economic development. This briefing also reviews how some LEPs…

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Does Money Affect Children’s Outcomes? – A systematic review

This briefing covers the recently published report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation titled Does Money Affect Children’s Outcomes? On the basis that there is insufficient research into the causal relationship between income and outcomes for children, the report explores at length and in significant detail the impact that money has on the wellbeing of children.…

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UK City of Culture programme – history and update as Hull wins the 2017 title

This briefing covers the result of the UK City of Culture competition including background to the competition and essential information about likely impact and legacy both of winning and of losing the competition. In 2002-3, the department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) ran a competition to choose a city as the UK representative in…

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Draft SEN Code of Practice: processes and children in specific circumstances

The Draft Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: for 0 to 25 years published for consultation on 4 October 2013 sets out statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs. Consultation closes on 9 December 2013. The new arrangements are expected to take effect on…

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Update on reformed GCSEs: design, detail and subject content

This briefing provides an update on GCSE reform. It focuses on Reformed GCSE subject content consultation: Government response, published on 1 November alongside the new subject content for reformed English language, English literature and mathematics GCSEs available to be taught in schools from 2015. Also on 1 November, Ofqual, (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)…

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Local Digital Today

The research project, ‘Local Digital Today’, was undertaken by a project team comprising UKAuthority editorial and research staff, the Department for Communities & Local Government and the members of the Local Government Digital Alliance: Local Government Association, Socitm, Local CIO Council, Local Government Delivery Board, Local Contact Council and LocalGov Digital. The research aimed to…

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Government response to the CLG Select Committee Report: The Private Rented Sector

'- On 18 July 2013, the House of Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee published the report of its inquiry into the private housing rented sector (“The Private Rented Sector”). - The report contained 43 specific recommendations for improving the operation of the growing private rented market whilst still allowing the market to develop…

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Religious Education in schools – update

This briefing is on the local authority role in respect of religious education and the duty on maintained schools to provide it, and summarises two recent reports. In Religious education: realising the potential, Ofsted identifies significant failings in the teaching, achievement and leadership of RE. The Religious Education Council’s A Review of Religious Education in…

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