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Identity, Communities, Regeneration: sense of place in local government

What makes a place a place, what makes some places work and others not and how can councils chart the story of their places and respond to the changes that inevitably happen? This briefing summarises our new long read Identity, Communities, Regeneration: sense of place in local government.

England & Wales
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Housing and planning round-up February 2018

Our new 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 the private rented sector.

England & Wales
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Swift read: Rough sleeping

New figures show that the number of people sleeping rough is increasing year-on-year. This briefing looks in detail at the statistics produced last month by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, including figures for individual local authorities between 2010 and 2017.

England & Wales
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Older generations to the rescue: the future of the high street

Over the past two decades, Britain’s high streets have been in decline as consumer behaviour has changed and economic pressures are causing retailers to close their shops. Can older generations be one of the key factors in shaping the reinvention of the high street?

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Ofsted: the first year of local area SEND inspections

Ofsted has been inspecting local arrangements for Special Educational Needs and Disability, and has produced an overview report of its inspection findings. Where strong strategic leadership is found this had led to established joint working between education, health and care services and has led to the successful implementation of the new SEND arrangements and the…

England & Wales
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Ofsted Annual Report 2016/17

Each year Ofsted produces an annual report on the findings of its inspections from early years, schools, further education and skills providers as well as local authority children's social care functions and children's care services in the voluntary sector. This briefing is on the year to September 2017. The reports identifies the "the remaining barriers…

England & Wales
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Brexit, health and social care: health select committee report

The health select committee’s report on brexit and care expressed serious concerns over the impact of brexit, particularly on the care workforce. We summarise their recommendations here and the government’s response.

England & Wales
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Residential Care: Good intentions, good enough? DfE commissioned report

The DfE commissioned report Good intentions, good enough? makes wide ranging proposals to improve the education and care of children in residential schools and colleges, planning for such provision, and the assessment processes which local authorities with health service partners undertake with parents before a placement is made. Provision is expensive. This is the LGiU's…

England & Wales