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Consultation on Equality and Human Rights Commission

The government is consulting on changes to how the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) will operate. The reforms will have implications for local authorities where they work in partnership with the EHRC.

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Recovery Britain: ESRC report

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has published a report Recovery Britain presenting findings from recent research on the long-term effects of the recession and the social and economic ramifications of the recovery.

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Budget 2011

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has today given the 2011 Budget statement to the House of Commons. This briefing sets out the initial announcements relevant to local government from the Budget with specific briefings to follow.

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Local authority resource review: content and comment

The long-awaited terms of reference of the local authority resource review have been announced. This briefing sets out the content and comments on the difficulties of delivering greater financial autonomy whilst maintaining fairness between councils.

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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.

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 Councils are invited to comment on which duties should be repealed and which should not.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

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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.

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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…

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