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Advice services under pressure

* This briefing looks at the role of, and rising pressures on, the independent not-for-profit advice sector. * It draws on a Cabinet Office Review of the sector, and other sector-based reports, to identify and update on the key social policy and financial challenges. * It highlights the advantages of local councils developing their relationship…

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Doing things differently: Who is doing it and what does it really look like?

With local government three years into delivering the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review and with the prospect of an equally savage spending review firmly on the horizon, the talk in and around local government is about ‘doing things differently’, remodelling local government for the future and innovating to meet the many budgetary and social challenges facing…

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The future of heating: heat strategy update

This briefing covers the government’s one year update of the 2012 strategic framework for low carbon heat. The update makes use of more complex energy modelling and details specific policy announcements and support designed to decarbonise the UK’s heating requirements by 2050 in a cost-effective way. The strategy update contains specific incentives targeted at local…

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Health, public health and social care round up: April 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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“Always Someone Else’s Problem”: Children’s Commissioner’s report on Illegal exclusions

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has published a report on illegal exclusions from school, “Always Some Else’s Problem”. The OCC estimates that several hundred schools in England may be excluding children illegally, affecting thousands of children every year. This means that several schools in every local authority area are likely to be involved…

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New local welfare schemes: an update

From April 1 2013 upper tier local authorities have been responsible for local welfare schemes, following the abolition of two discretionary elements of the social fund - community care grants and crisis loans. This briefing covers the background to the changes, the funding of the new arrangements, a summary of what new schemes have been…

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Making best use of resources in adult social care

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care (TEASC) have published resources to help local authorities improve the efficiency and quality of adult social care. Some key themes are: - there are considerable variations in performance and budgets between local authorities, and local decision-making may be more significant than has been…

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Re-igniting Growth: Investing for Prosperity

This briefing deals with two reports summarising recent academic research on the underpinnings of economic growth, one published by the ESRC and the other by the LSE. The main themes are skills, innovation, and investment, traditionally areas in which the UK has performed badly in relation to its main international competitors. Both reports contain a…

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Good early years provision for all – Ofsted consultation

Ofsted is consulting, until 24 May 2013, on revisions to the framework for inspection of early years providers. It is proposed to replace the ‘satisfactory’ grade with ‘requires improvement’ for inspections of nursery, pre-school and out of school settings from September 2013; childminders are not affected because of initiatives for childminders now being considered by…

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