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Setting local speed limits: a consultation

The Department for Transport has published a consultation on setting local speed limits. The proposed guidance sets out the framework that traffic authorities should follow when setting and reviewing local speed limits on single and dual carriageway roads in urban and rural areas, and should be finalised by the end of 2012. The circular pulls…

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On Your Radar August-September 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 catches up with what the LGiU and CLG have been doing over August. Briefings during August CLG…

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Reuniting health with planning

A new handbook – Reuniting Health With Planning: Healthier Homes, Healthier Communities, published by the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) – highlights the opportunities that government reforms create for planners and public health practitioners to work more closely together. These are contained within the National Planning Policy Framework, the Health and Social Care Act…

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Health, public health and social care round up: August 2012

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…

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Mental health implementation framework

The framework has been developed in collaboration with third sector organisations campaigning on mental health issues. It provides a systematic outline of the potential contribution and the expectations of Government for a number of sectors and organisations in relation to improving mental health. Unlike previous outcomes frameworks for health and social care, it does not…

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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

The Public Value (Social Value) Act 2012 requires certain public authorities including local authorities to consider how, in procuring services, they might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their areas. While the potential impact of the legislation particularly on the social enterprise sector has been somewhat exaggerated, seeking to achieve corporate and community…

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NALM Healthwatch Development Progress Report

This briefing summarises and comments on a report and recommendations by the National Association of LINks Members (NALM) on a recent survey of local authorities and LINks on the progress made in each area towards setting up a local Healthwatch organisation. The briefing will be of interest to local government officers and Members with responsibility…

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High Income Social Tenants – Pay to Stay consultation

This briefing covers two housing consultations; the most recent , the “Pay to Stay” consultation concerns the government’s desire to enable social landlords to charge high earning tenants a market or near market rent. The consultation closing date is 12 September 2012. The second consultation concerns the circumstances under which an offer of private rented…

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Listening to Troubled Families

Louise Casey has published this report “as a starting point” to get a deeper understanding of troubled families to help learn from successful interventions. It calls for a longer term view and is based on Ms Casey’s interviews with families in 16 local authorities, drawn largely from families involved in family intervention projects in 2006.…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: July 2012

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health, public health and social care round-up July 2012 Summary The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read…

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