The government have published a paper on the future audit of councils. The Audit Commission's closure may be delayed (denied by CLG). This briefing comments on how the Commission's functions could be carried out in future.
The government has announced a review into the statutory duties placed on councils. Councils are invited to comment on which duties should be repealed and which should not. Councils should respond to this important, though informal, consultation.
The SEN and disability Green Paper: Support and Aspiration sets out for consultation a wide range of proposals aimed at creating a radically different system to support better life outcomes for the two million children and young people with a special education need or disability.
Prof. Alison Wolf (Professor of Public Sector Management at King’s College, London) has conducted a review on how to improve vocational education for 14-19 year olds and thereby promote successful progression into the labour market and into higher education and training routes. The review considered all formal qualifications for the 14-19 phase which include vocational…
The LGiU in cooperation with the Royal British Legion has published a report into how councils can improve service delivery, in a cost effective way, to their armed forces community. The report includes 12 good practice measures for councils.
Communities and Local Government Departmental Question Time And Related Local Government Issue Developments
A round up of parliamentary activity, recent ministerial speeches and local government policy announcements.
Tackling anti-social behaviour is still a major public priority. The government has published a consultation on reforming the tools available for this. This briefing summarises the proposals and comments on them and the wider context.
Equality Act 2010: Banning age discrimination in services, public functions and associations – a consultation on proposed exceptions to the ban
This briefing outlines the proposed exceptions to the Equality Act that are relevant to local authorities, particularly the implications for health and social care where there will be no specific exceptions to the legislation.
Growing the Social Investment Market looks to develop the concept of a Big Society through expansion of the social investment market. Key to this is the establishment of a Big Society Bank. This brief outlines the strategy and comments on its main points.
Councils face unprecedented challenges. This briefing looks ahead at the big issues and at specific services - what will local government look like by the end of this Parliament?