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SEN Code of Practice: Indicative Draft

The Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice is statutory guidance that provides practical advice on how to carry out duties to identify, assess and make provision for children and young people’s SEN. The Indicative Draft: (0-25) Special Educational Needs Code of Practice was published in March 2013 to support the Commons Public Bill Committee…

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Neighbourhood planning: update spring 2013

• More than 200 neighbourhood forums or parish/town councils have been designated by local planning authorities to prepare a plan for their area • Areas with the highest rates of projected household growth have experienced the biggest demand to set up neighbourhood planning • Only ten per cent of designated applications have been received from…

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Mainstreaming equality considerations – EHRC guidance on procurement

This brief and straightforward guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on equality considerations and procurement demonstrates how compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty need not be a burden, and can lead to councils getting better value for money by providing more appropriate services. As it focuses on how externally-provided services can be…

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On Your Radar April 2013

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. Upcoming briefings and links to key March…

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Improving quality and safety in health and care: will the new measures work?

This policy briefing summarises: * the government’s interim response to the Francis inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust – major changes to inspection and regulation such as a new ratings system and chief inspectors for hospitals and social care * views on whether the new measures will be fit for purpose.

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Raising the Participation Age: Statutory Guidance for Local Authorities

• From Summer 2013, all young people up until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 will be required to participate in education or training. From 2015, this requirement will apply until their 18th birthday. • This raising of the participation age (RPA) places new responsibilities on local authorities, including two…

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The role of local authorities in health issues: CLG Committee new report

Summary The Communities and Local Government Select Committee published its report on the role of local authorities in health issues on 27 March 2013. The report considers what the arrangements for public health, including its integration with health and social care, will look like at local level, and in particular the role of health and…

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Working Together to Safeguard Children – revised statutory guidance

The DfE has published the revised statutory guidance Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, which comes into force on 15 April 2013. The revised guidance brings together into a single 97-page document the three separate documents which were the subject of consultation from…

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Welfare reform and local authorities

* This briefing summarises a Select Committee report on the Implementation of welfare reform by local authorities and highlights its recommendations. * The report welcomes the localist dimension to the reforms and the contribution of local authorities to local welfare provision. It reflects evidence of concerted local efforts to implement the changes on time. *…

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Protecting Low-income Households from Reducing Carbon Emissions

This briefing deals with two reports published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the distributional effects of policies to reduce carbon emissions. The first assesses the impacts of different energy and climate change policies on households (including impacts on consumer energy bills), and their effectiveness in reducing carbon emissions. The second examines how compensations in…

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