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Neighbourhood planning: rural frontrunners (research and case studies)

* The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published a case-study based report of the early learning from ten rural neighbourhood planning processes. * The report suggests a number of tips for neighbourhood planning processes that are relevant whatever the spatial setting. * It includes a number of messages for local government,…

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On Your Radar May 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.

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Ofsted inspection of LA arrangements for supporting school improvement – framework

Ofsted has published the new framework for the inspection of local authority arrangements for supporting school improvement, which will come into force in 1 June 2013. This function of LAs has not been inspected since 2004-05, but this will undoubtedly be another high profile type of inspection with significant implications for LAs

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The Care Bill

The Care Bill builds on the draft Care and Support Bill published last year. All the major elements of the draft bill remain – wellbeing, prevention, carers’ rights, choice and personalisation. Most of the changes from the draft bill are around the detail, but nevertheless will involve some reconsideration by local authorities. Changes include: •…

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Individual Electoral Registration: An Update

The introduction of Individual Electoral Registration has begun, and the first steps are being taken to ensure the scheme is in place by the end of 2014, with some important landmarks this summer. This briefing provides a snapshot of the current position, and revises the outline of what can be expected over the next 2-3…

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Public Health England – priorities for 2013/14

This policy briefing summarises and comments on a number of documents from Public Health England (PHE) describing its work for the coming year, including: • Our priorities for 2013/14 • PHE Marketing strategy • PHE directorate priorities. These documents have major implications for how PHE will work with local authorities and will be of interest…

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What works in enabling school improvement? The role of the middle tier

Against a background of increased school autonomy, the NFER has published (April 2013) What works in enabling school improvement? The role of the middle tier by Helen Aston, Claire Easton, David Sims, Robert Smith, Fiona Walker, David Crossley, and Jonathan Crossley-Holland (the author of this briefing). This publication describes ‘what works’ in enabling school-led system…

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Much ado about…whole place community budgets

‘Whole place community budgets’ have been lauded by the coalition government as a flagship policy to put major principles of localism, ‘customer first’ service integration, public services reform, and deficit reduction into practice. They also tend to be supported enthusiastically by local government in both community leadership and local results delivery roles. This briefing looks…

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Queen’s Speech 2013

The Queen has delivered her speech to the House of Lords setting out the Coalition Government’s programme for the next Parliamentary year. In this briefing, we highlight the bills relevant to local government. We also provide a full list of all the bills and draft bills announced as well as the relevant links.

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