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Swift Read: Towns matter – the Twin Towns UK programme

The ‘Twin Towns UK’ programme (2017-2018), ran by Carnegie UK Trust, involved towns being paired with others that had similar characteristics and socio-economic challenges. This briefing covers the programme, what was learned, and the benefits it had.

Scotland
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Is the NHS about to grind to a halt because of lack of staff?

The King’s Fund, in “Closing the gap: Key areas for action on the health and care workforce”, state that workforce shortages are already having a direct impact on patient care and staff experience and urgent action is now required to avoid a vicious cycle of growing shortages and declining quality.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Keeping your reputation

Managing bad news is now a core skill for those involved in communication and corporate offices on behalf of local government. This briefing discusses some of the causes of reputational damage and identifies approaches that senior officers might wish to consider.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Apprenticeships – the NAO view on value for money

The National Audit Office’s report finds employers have made only limited use of the available Apprenticeship Levy funds to support new placements, and that following the Levy’s introduction there was a large drop in apprenticeship starts. DfE must demonstrate that the programme is achieving value for money and that resources are being used to best…

England & Wales, Scotland