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.
This briefing summarises new policy, research and publications issued in February and March that relate to social care and health.
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.
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.
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.
This briefing summarises guidance for emerging consortia and updates on concerns about the legislation and the progress of pathfinders.
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 Councils are invited to comment on which duties should be repealed and which should not.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…