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The Future Role of Local Authorities in School Improvement

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published two related research reports on the role of local authorities in an increasingly autonomous school system. This report considers their evolving role as the ‘Middle Tier’ supporting school improvement; the other (see ‘related briefings’) is focused on schools causing concern, with an emphasis on local…

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Hate crime action plan

In March the Home Office published a cross-departmental plan to tackle hate crime setting out the strategic direction the Government wishes to take to address this issue. This briefing will explore what the Government’s ambitions are when it comes to tackling hate crime, looking in particular at: * The different types of hate crime highlighted…

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Statutory guidance on the role of the DCS and LMCS

The DfE has issued revised statutory guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services (DCS) and the Lead Member for Children’s Services (LMCS). This follows consultation at the end of last year, and the guidance varies from the consultation draft only on points of emphasis.

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Reform of Alternative Provision – consultation

The DfE has published for consultation (until 15 May) its proposals for the reform of Alternative Provision (AP), and associated guidance. This follows the recent report of Charlie Taylor’s review of AP, all the recommendations of which were accepted by the Secretary of State. The reforms are intended to bring significant changes to AP; they…

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Consultation on changes to National Park governance

The government is issuing its second consultation on the issue of the governance of national parks in England, focusing on membership conditions of National Park Authorities The consultation opened on the 8 March and closes on 31 May 2012. The aim of the consultation is to increase local accountability. It puts forward five changes to…

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National evaluation of integrated care pilots

The national evaluation of integrated care pilots shows a mixed picture of effectiveness in terms of patient satisfaction and cost. The evaluation suggests practical ways for how organisations can best approach integrating services. This briefing will be of interest to those seeking to integrate local health and adult social care services.

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Government Alcohol Strategy

This briefing provides an overview of the government’s recently published alcohol strategy (March 2012). - The strategy is intended to tackle the problem of ‘binge drinking’, estimated to cost the country as a whole an annual £21 billion. - The most eye-catching proposal is the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol in England…

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After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. To build social and economic resilience in communities, the Panel makes 63 recommendations.…

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The Health and Social Care Act: final stages and comment

This briefing covers the final parliamentary stages of the Health and Social Care Act, looks at key issues from the perspective of local government, such as challenges facing councils and health, and looks ahead. The final stages of the Bill produced few significant changes that directly affect local government but there were amendments that are…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: March 2012

This briefing can also be downloaded as a pdf through this link Health, Public Health and Social Care Round-up March 2012 Summary The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a…

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