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Strategic Touring Programme for the arts

This briefing covers the first stage of implementation of one of Arts Council England’s major programmes for 2012/2013. - Arts Council England has allocated the first round of funding for the Strategic Touring Programme - This briefing indicates the purpose of the fund, who has been successful in the first round and what happens next…

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School funding reform: Arrangements for 2013-14

The DfE has published the final school funding arrangements for 2013-14, following a series of consultations on funding reform in preparation for the introduction of a national funding formula in the next spending review period.

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National Audit Office Report – central government’s communication and engagement with local government

'- The National Audit Office has published a report on the effectiveness of central government’s communications and engagement with local government. - Accepting that communications between the two parts of government is "inherently challenging” the report calls for improvement on the part of central government, claiming that policy consultations can be rushed, emails are poorly…

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Policing in austerity: one year on

HMIC’s report, Policing in austerity: one year on, assesses how police forces are achieving their budget cuts between now and 2014-15. This report is of general interest, and especially to local councillors with a remit for crime prevention and partners with a community safety remit.

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Caring for our future: reforming care and support

This policy briefing explores the government’s adult social care White Paper with reference to the draft Care and Support Bill and the progress report on social care funding reform. We will be publishing a more detailed briefing(s) on the Bill, funding reform and other related issues. It will be of interest to a wide range…

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Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds

The DfE has published its response to the recent consultation on Study Programmes for 16-19 year olds, and its plans for implementation from September 2013. These are major changes, based on the recommendations of the Wolf review of vocational education.

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16-19 Funding formula review

The DfE has published its plans for changing the funding formula for 16-19 provision, which it will implement from September 2012 for the 2013/14 academic year. It is moving from the current basis of funding schools and colleges on per qualification and per qualification passed to funding them on a per student basis. This will…

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City Deals – implications for enhanced devolution and local economic growth

With the ‘City Deal’ announcements on July 5 2012, the government has now concluded agreements with the eight ‘Core Cities’ and/or their ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) on a range of measures to stimulate city growth and development. This briefing outlines the genesis and progress to date on city deals, their importance to the city regions…

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Consultation on mandate to NHS Commissioning Board

The mandate to the NHS Commissioning Board will set objectives for the Board to meet. The consultation document explains the process of developing the mandate and consulting on the draft. The draft mandate itself outlines 22 objectives with blanks where actual targets are to be proposed. The document explains that the targets will be filled…

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Annual report on the NHS and public health

The annual report which is a requirement of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives the Secretary of State’s assessment of the NHS in 2011/12, including public health. It picks out certain topics for further comment, such as health inequalities, health and wellbeing and integrated care, which will be of interest to local authorities.…

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