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Housing and planning round-up July 2018

Our monthly housing and planning round up includes government announcements, latest housing and planning news, major reports and ongoing consultation documents. This month’s ‘big issue’ is housebuilding.

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Ofsted inspection of schools – NAO

The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported on Ofsted inspection of schools finding that ‘Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspection of schools represents value for money’. Recommendations cover: public reporting on how well Ofsted is meeting its targets; better parental engagement; and recruitment and retention of inspectors.

Scotland
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Culture is Digital

Culture is Digital highlights the opportunities for collaboration between the cultural and technology sectors and builds on policy commitments in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and enhance the online cultural experience, and in the UK Digital Strategy to increase digital participation.

Scotland
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Refugee resettlement: the role of Scottish local authorities

How are public services in Scotland responding to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers? Two reports recently published marking Refugee Week Scotland explore refugees’ experiences of resettling, and what improvements can make that process easier.

Scotland
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Local Government in Finland: an insight

This briefing is one of a series looking at local government across the world and offers an insight into the local government system in Finland, and the trends and issues affecting it.

Scotland
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Ofsted inspection of schools – NAO

The National Audit Office (NAO) has reported on Ofsted inspection of schools finding that ‘Ofsted cannot demonstrate that its inspection of schools represents value for money’. Recommendations cover: public reporting on how well Ofsted is meeting its targets; better parental engagement; and recruitment and retention of inspectors. DfE is recommended to work with Ofsted to…

England & Wales
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The state of the environment – water resources

Many sources of water supplies are overstretched and, with climate change and a growing population, much of England could see significant supply shortages by the 2050s - particularly in the South East. This briefing summarises the report into the state of water resources and considers how local authorities might respond.

England & Wales
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Productivity and Low Wages

This briefing deals with three reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the relationship between low pay and productivity and with the eighth report in an annual series on low pay in Britain by the Resolution Foundation

Scotland
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Caught in the web: the new internet safety strategy

As part of its Digital Charter, Government recently announced its response to a consultation on the Internet Safety Strategy. This briefing examines the proposals in the Strategy, the feedback received and the next steps outlined by Government.

Scotland