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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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On Your Radar April 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 briefing includes the second part of the new forward planning document. It also highlights: Future briefings CLG since…

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Open Public Services 2012

'- The Government has published an update on the implementation of its White Paper “Open Public Services” which was published last July. - It provides for a comprehensive update across the Coalition Government’s public service reforms as well as advocating new policy developments most notably in promoting greater choice, redress for service users and decentralisation…

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Hate crime action plan

In March the Home Office published a cross-departmental plan to tackle hate crime setting out the strategic direction the Government wishes to take to address this issue. This briefing will explore what the Government’s ambitions are when it comes to tackling hate crime, looking in particular at: * The different types of hate crime highlighted…

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National evaluation of integrated care pilots

The national evaluation of integrated care pilots shows a mixed picture of effectiveness in terms of patient satisfaction and cost. The evaluation suggests practical ways for how organisations can best approach integrating services. This briefing will be of interest to those seeking to integrate local health and adult social care services.

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Government Alcohol Strategy

This briefing provides an overview of the government’s recently published alcohol strategy (March 2012). - The strategy is intended to tackle the problem of ‘binge drinking’, estimated to cost the country as a whole an annual £21 billion. - The most eye-catching proposal is the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol in England…

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After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. To build social and economic resilience in communities, the Panel makes 63 recommendations.…

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The Health and Social Care Act: final stages and comment

This briefing covers the final parliamentary stages of the Health and Social Care Act, looks at key issues from the perspective of local government, such as challenges facing councils and health, and looks ahead. The final stages of the Bill produced few significant changes that directly affect local government but there were amendments that are…

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

This briefing can also be downloaded as a pdf through this link Health, Public Health and Social Care Round-up March 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…

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

*The Welfare Reform Act puts into law one of the government’s flagship bills, which ministers claim marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s. * This briefing explains the key components of the Act, including the merging of several benefits into Universal Credit, significant changes to Housing Benefit and Employment Support Allowance,…

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