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Housing and planning round-up June 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is fire safety.

England & Wales
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Navigating the Maze of Children and Family Services

This is the second in a series of articles looking at social work services in Scotland. Issues covered include the nature of social work, how social work services are structured and delivered, and the challenges facing social work. 

Scotland
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Grenfell: one year on

It is one year today since the horrendous fire at Grenfell Tower. We look back here at the last year: what lessons can we learn from the inquiries taking place and from the accounts and experiences of Grenfell survivors and community groups?

England & Wales
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Local Government and Public Health – An Update

This briefing summarises the review outcomes and local government’s response to the proposals. It also outlines new duties for local government arising from the new alcohol minimum pricing legislation and provides a brief comment on the current role of local government in England regarding public health.

Scotland
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Does the welfare system discriminate unfairly against disabled people?

The 2010 welfare reforms were the largest change to the benefit system since the Beveridge Report. Eight years on the system is still work in progress, with concerns around whether it is delivering against its objectives. This briefing considers the impact of the reforms on disabled people.

England & Wales
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Swift Read: Play it, SAM – the case for the Single Authority Model

SAM’s simple premise is that efficiency, economy of scale and effective delivery of services are all best served in an island context by merging the public agencies operating co-terminously on the ground, rather than merging each one with its opposite numbers in other local authority areas.

Scotland