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The Audit Commission: past, present and future

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.

England & Wales
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Cross-government review of statutory duties placed on local government

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 Councils are invited to comment on which duties should be repealed and which should not.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.

England & Wales
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SEN and disability Green Paper: Support and Aspiration

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.

England & Wales
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Review of Vocational Education – the Wolf Report

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…

England & Wales
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Anti-social behaviour: government consultation

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.

England & Wales
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Growing the Social Investment Market: A Vision and Strategy

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.

England & Wales