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Meeting Housing Needs in Oxford

When most people think of Oxford, it tends to be the dreaming spires images that dominate. This is certainly how I imagined it before I lived here. This image is only a small part of Oxford. In reality, it is a thriving diverse city that owes a lot to the car industry and workers who’ve…

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Public Accounts Committee report – Implementing the transparency agenda

The Public Accounts Committee has published a report on the Government’s transparency agenda concluding that while it has met the majority of its commitments, large quantities of raw data are being released without ensuring that it is fit for purpose; with the Government yet to develop a full understanding of the cost and benefits of…

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Caring for our future: reforming care and support

This policy briefing explores the government’s adult social care White Paper with reference to the draft Care and Support Bill and the progress report on social care funding reform. We will be publishing a more detailed briefing(s) on the Bill, funding reform and other related issues. It will be of interest to a wide range…

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Building our Industrial Strategy: The role of local government

This briefing explores the UK Government's Green Paper, ‘Building our Industrial Strategy’. This is a consultation document seeking views on how to increase productivity and drive growth across Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Queen’s Speech 2016 – devolution and local growth

The Queen's Speech 2016 included major bills on business rates retention, higher education reform, and substantial planning, transport, and digital economy measures. The challenges for local leadership teams remains constructing a coherent, tailored local approach to growth and devolution in the face of continuing inconsistencies and tensions nationally.

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Individual Electoral Registration – consultation

Proposals for Individual Electoral Registration are currently under scrutiny by a parliamentary select committee, and are open to consultation until 14 October. There are significant implications for councils.

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Reinventing our Town Centres: Agendas for 2012-15

This briefing provides an update on Government’s response to the Portas Review into the future of our high streets. It then outlines strategies and programmes local authorities and town partnerships may progress to improve the performance of town centres. The briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers involved in all aspects…

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Health Select Committee Report on Public Health

This briefing summarises and comments on the Health Committee’s report into public health which includes recommendations directly relevant to councils and highlights crucial financial issues such as the scale and distribution of the public health budget.

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