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Community Right to Challenge

This briefing covers Implementation of the Community Right to Challenge Provides a perspective on the right and indicates some key questions for authorities to consider It will be useful to elected members and officers with responsibilities for direct services and for community relations and consultation in English authorities

England & Wales
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Financing of New Housing Supply: CLG Select Committee report

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF CLG Select Committee report – Financing of New Housing Supply Summary  The briefing provides a summary of the select committee’s inquiry into the financing of new housing supply The report provides a comprehensive review of difficulties faced by both public agencies and the private sector in…

England & Wales
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Health and Wellbeing Boards: system leaders or talking shops?

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health and Wellbeing Boards – system leaders or talking shops? Summary This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Kings Fund survey of health and wellbeing boards which presents findings on issues such as: membership leadership and expectations. The Kings Fund also identifies key themes and…

England & Wales
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Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report

• Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report is an evaluation of what works well in Apprenticeship Programmes, It is based on an in-depth study by inspectors of a representative sample of 15 providers rated good or outstanding • Teaching and assessing to exacting standards, good quality regular review processes, high levels of…

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Adoption scorecards

The DfE has published controversial new ‘adoption scorecards’, highlighting three indicators of how quickly each local authority places children in need of adoption. They are described as ‘a key plank in the Government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system’, and the Children’s Minister has said “we won’t hesitate to intervene where the…

England & Wales
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Gypsies and Travellers: two new government reports

The government has published two key documents: its final planning policy for traveller sites the first progress report on the ministerial group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers across the council and partner organisations who are involved with gypsy and traveller communities, including…

England & Wales
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SOLACE Filling the gap: the Championing Role of English Councils in Education

SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has published a ‘call to action’ for English councils to ensure that, collectively, they (i) continue to demonstrate their commitment to keeping councils central to the pursuit of educational excellence to secure the best outcome for communities and (ii) visibly lead and actively shape the policy and…

England & Wales
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Update on Healthwatch

This briefing provides an update on: * the final form of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 in respect of Healthwatch * national policy and practical aspects of Healthwatch not covered in the legislation * latest information on funding of Healthwatch * provisions local authorities must make for healthcare complaints and advocacy services It…

England & Wales