The revised Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity places new restrictions on councils’ communications with the public. This briefing summarises its contents and highlights the key issues.
This briefing sets out the main provisions of the Welfare Reform Bill, heralded as the biggest reform to the benefits system since the creation of the Welfare State.
This briefing summarises and makes comments on the DCLG consultation on the Community Right to Buy-Assets of Community Value. It is one of a series arising from the Localism Bill.
The Localism Bill introduces a general power of competence which will replace the well-being power. This briefing compares the two provisions and points to key issues debated in the Bill Committee.
This paper outlines the Government’s strategy for trade and investment. It is among the first appearing under the Growth Review. It is important background for those developing strategies at local levels.
The Department of Health has published a mental health outcomes strategy with supporting documents, including an action plan for expanding talking therapies. This briefing examines the strategy paper.
CLG has published a consultation on the Community Right to Challenge. This briefing examines and comments on the paper and is one of a series looking in more depth at the Localism Bill.
The government has announced details of its proposals to reform the funding of council housing in the Localism Bill and in more detail in ‘Implementing self-financing for council housing’. This briefing summarises and comments on the proposals.
The Government has set out its contribution to community-led local regeneration. It sees a significant role for local authorities. This briefing provides a summary and highlights a Select Committee inquiry on the new approach.
The Health and Social Care Bill is extremely important for councils. This briefing gives more detailed analysis of the Bill's provisions that impact on local government and comments on whether it strengthens local democratic accountability.