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Cities Fit For Cycling

The launch of The Times Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign has put the conditions for safe cycling onto the political agenda, and put the role of local authorities under the spotlight. This briefing provides an update on the debate and an overview of the ways in which local authorities can contribute to safer cycling conditions…

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A Magna Carta for Local Government

The LGA and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee are working in partnership to lead a debate on the benefits of codifying the relationship between central and local government. The code would guarantee councils' legal and financial independence and autonomy to serve their citizens. The Committee's Chair, Graham Allen MP, has…

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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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