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Integration across government and whole-place community budgets: PAC report

'- The PAC published ‘Integration across government and whole-place community budgets’ on 20 September 2013, following a short inquiry held earlier in the year. - The report highlights poor coordination across government and believes that the government is not acting urgently enough to transform how departments work together. They believe this change is vital if…

England & Wales
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Off-site alternative provision – Ofsted survey

Many schools use alternative provision to provide education for disaffected pupils for whom the mainstream curriculum is deemed not to be appropriate. Provision is wholly or partly off site. The Ofsted has reported on the commissioning, quality and outcomes of this provision and looks at how individual pupil needs can best be met and safeguarded.…

England & Wales

Martha Lane Fox: Looking for an inclusive future

UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox explores how closing the digital divide will increase civic participation and explains the vital role local government must play in ensuring we achieve a networked nation.

England & Wales Blog Post
Members

Carrots, sticks and sermons: Public Service Reform (PSR)

What is PSR? PSR is a promiscuous term, used loosely in different contexts to refer to a variety of objectives, initiatives and policies. In Scotland, it has been used to describe inter alia the establishment of a national police force and national fire and rescue service, integrating health and social care, developing approaches to community…

Scotland
Members

Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration

* The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill introduces a register of lobbyists, limits election campaign spending by third parties and regulates trade union membership * This briefing summarises the Bill’s key provisions, its critics’ main concerns and its progress through Parliament. * The Bill has implications for local (and national)…

England & Wales

Norman Baker MP: Smarter technology can spread transport demand

The public transport network should be the veins that deliver the lifeblood of our economy, the people, around the country. Public transport should be simple and convenient, and if it is we can secure a further modal shift towards it.

England & Wales Blog Post
Members

Affordable Credit: Better Lending Locally

The key to widening access to affordable credit to disadvantaged customer groups lies in developing Scotland’s successful community lending sectors of credit unions and community development financial institutions so that they can offer viable, at-scale product offerings on a not-for-profit basis.

Scotland

Should councils be buying Ipads?

UPDATE: A story in today’s (7/9/12) Telegraph, and most other papers, reports that 50 Ipads were claimed on expenses by MPs in the last year. I wrote this blog arguing that councils should be investing in technology for councillors and officers in July last year – I’m interested to know if opinion has since changed.…

England & Wales Blog Post

GE17 lite #3

You can count the days to go on your two hands and once again here is our roundup of some mildly interesting election shenanigans. Plus all the usual links to more in-depth coverage in our members’ only policy briefings and other LGiU material. This week started with a bank holiday, but there was no day…

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post