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Locally Led Delivery Projects for Raising the Participation Age, DfE research

The DfE has published research into phase four of the locally led delivery projects (LLDP) for Raising the Participation Age (RPA). Informed by the findings of a series of trials and projects led by local councils, the report makes recommendations which will be of use to local authorities in helping them implement effectively and efficiently…

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Health, public health and social care round up: September 2013

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…

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A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government

A White Paper on Social Media in Local Government considers what holds back senior council managers and staff from using social media more extensively, and looks at how West Midlands councils have used them to connect with the public, and “open up traditional public sector silos”.

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Innovation Union: The European Capital of Innovation Award

On 3 September 2013, the European Commission announced a new European Capital of Innovation, or iCapital, contest. A prize of €500,000 will be awarded to a city considered to have made an outstanding achievement in building what is described as an ‘innovation ecosystem’ connecting people, places, local governments, businesses, and academia. The contest is open…

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Careers Services – update

A number of reports and Government statements have been published recently on the way in which schools have responded to their new duty to secure good quality careers guidance for their students. This briefing highlights four such reports from: the House of Commons Education Committee, the National Careers Council, Barnardo’s and Ofsted – and summarises…

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School Organisation – DfE consultation and recent advice

The DfE is consulting until 24 October 2013 on changes to the regulatory framework for local authority maintained schools: Changes to the System of School Organisation. The consultation including draft of two supporting sets of regulations: The School Organisation (Prescribed Alterations to Maintained Schools) (England) Regulations 2013 and The School Organisation (Establishment and Discontinuance of…

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Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration

* The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill introduces a register of lobbyists, limits election campaign spending by third parties and regulates trade union membership * This briefing summarises the Bill’s key provisions, its critics’ main concerns and its progress through Parliament. * The Bill has implications for local (and national)…

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16-19 Accountability, DfE Consultation

The DfE is consulting (until 20 November) on proposed changes to the accountability arrangements for providers of 16-19 education and training in England, including performance tables and minimum standards for provision both at level 2 and at level 3.

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NatCen British Social Attitudes 30

'- The research agency NatCen released it’s thirtieth British Social Attitudes Survey on 10th September 2013. Each year NatCen's British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run. - The thirtieth survey examines the theory that greater individualisation is having…

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Progress in adult social care 2012-13

The second annual assessment of progress on priorities for adult social care found: - a reduction in the number of people receiving a council-funded service - a reduction in the numbers of reviews - service users' perceptions of quality of life and control over daily life increased slightly - self directed support continues to increase…

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