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DfE Early Years Workforce Strategy

The DfE has published an Early Years Workforce Strategy to support the delivery of good quality early years provision for all children from birth to five years including the extension of 'free' childcare to 30 hours a week for children of working parents. A number of actions are proposed to promote entry into the workforce…

England & Wales
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IR35: Implications for Local Authorities

This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities and the government’s rationale for the changes, as well as some of the issues and objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations and sector interest groups.

England & Wales
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Early Education and Childcare: Cost and Funding – DfE Research

DfE has published research on the cost and funding of early years childcare and education to understand better the charges to parents, the cost of the free provision, and cross-subsidisation within each type of early years setting. Charges for older children subsidise younger children is one of many findings.

England & Wales
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Supporting children and young people with healthcare needs in schools

Scottish Government has recently published draft guidance on supporting children with healthcare needs in schools. This briefing explains the rights and responsibilities in this area, and sets out how education authorities can work with NHS boards as well as the policies and procedures they must have in place.

Scotland
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House of Commons DCLG Committee report on Public Parks

More than half of the UK population uses parks on a regular basis. The CLG select committee’s report into parks asks why do they matter, what challenges do they face and how can a sustainable future be secured?

England & Wales, Scotland
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Budget 2017: analysis

This briefing deals with the budget’s key announcements in Budget 2017, particularly with the Economic and Fiscal Outlook report produced by the OBR, and the additional finding for social care.

England & Wales
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Integrating health and social care: an examination of the issues

Many initiatives have attempted to develop integrated health and social care services through the development of plans, pooled funding, and new care models. These are discussed here, alongside broader lessons to be learnt on such cross-cutting themes as change management in the workforce and the value add of local government.

England & Wales