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Children’s Safeguarding Performance Information DfE Consultation

This is part of the wider changes to children’s services triggered by the Monro Review of Child Protection. The proposals include a nationally validated framework within which local performance management can proceed, and a linked national dataset. Whilst there is wide support for the process of change triggered by Monro, there is debate about the…

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Communities and Local Government questions and topical debate. Monday 12th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government parliamentary questions session came on the same day as two announcements were made; a rise to £75k in the maximum amount of discount that a tenant can claim when exercising the Right to Buy and a related announcement on the New Buy Scheme, which is a mortgage indemnity…

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Children’s Services – Improving Alternative Provision

The DfE has published a report, Improving Alternative Provision, by its ‘Expert Adviser on Behaviour’ Charlie Taylor, and accepted all of his 28 recommendations. This will lead to significant changes, including in the role of LAs.

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Report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care

This briefing outlines the report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care, set up by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association. The report is out for consultation until 27 March. It covers issues of dignity for older people in hospitals and care homes and make recommendations for change to each…

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The Rights of Disabled People to Independent Living

This report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights indicates that the right of people with a disability to independent living is at risk from factors such as the economic climate and welfare reforms. The Committee makes a number of recommendations for national and local government, which are asked to monitor and report on the…

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On Your Radar March 2012

On Your Radar looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. This edition highlights: • forward planning • future briefings • localism act • council tax • funding opportunities

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Clusters of Empty Homes

At the end of February, the Government announced the full details for its £100 million scheme to bring clusters of empty homes back into use. This briefing will consider the aims behind this initiative, the criteria the Government has set out for those wishing to apply for funding as well as highlighting some of the…

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Creating the conditions for integration

The Government has published its approach to achieving a more integrated society and enabling everyone to live and work successfully alongside each other. Consistent with localist and big society agendas, Government action focuses on creating the conditions for integration, aiming to inspire and enable community action in which civil society and local areas take the…

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Building safe, active communities: strong foundations by local people

• This is the third and final report from Baroness Newlove, the Government Champion for Active, Safer Communities • It reports on progress from the challenges set out in her first two reports and announces the launch of a £1million DCLG fund to tackle problem drinking • It will be useful for executive members/portfolio holders…

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