The final report from the Munro Review of Child Protection sets out 15 recommendations aimed at reforming the child protection system from being over bureaucratic and concerned with process compliance to being child-centred, with a focus on provision of effective help.
This briefing summarises this report which makes proposals on how to strengthen and support local communities, and provide them with new powers and resources. It comments on its relevance to councils in view of the Baroness' move to the DCLG.
The coalition government has proposed a number of significant reforms to the current spatial planning system at national and regional levels.
This briefing introduces the Government’s new Consumer Empowerment Strategy. It draws local authorities' attention to the implications and opportunities for their strategic, regulatory and service provider roles.
This policy briefing summarises a critical report from the Public Accounts Committee and comments on the latest developments in GP commissioning.
This briefing outlines the proposed planning framework for gypsy and traveller sites and context in which it will operate, and points to issues that require particular care in responding to the consultation which closes on 6 July
A round-up of activity from CLG during the Easter recess, with special reference to the Best Value: new draft statutory guidance – Consultation.
The “listening exercise” on NHS reforms will continue until the end of May. This briefing gives details of how to respond and summarises issues of particular interest to local authorities.
The government has announced the allocation of £3.2 million worth of grants to organisations such as the RTPI for them to support communities involvement in local planning. This briefing comments on the announcement.
The Commission on funding of care has published a summary of responses. They give a clear indication of opinion on key issues, such as free care versus a partnership model. This briefing comments on the main areas of contention and consensus.