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Emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic development

This briefing reviews emerging models for leadership and governance of local economic growth and development (LED). * A number of issues for Local Authorities' (LA) economic leadership are raised by recent LED developments. Notable among these are Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) formulation of strategic economic plans (SEPs) and EU structural and investment fund strategies (SIFs);…

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Intermediary cities

How can smaller cities be part of the devolution movement and indeed might they even find it easier to engage locally that some of the obvious urban powerhouses? Chris Naylor looks at some of the thinking to emerge from a recent cities conference.

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Communities and Local Government Select Committee – European Regional Development Fund

'- The Government has recently published its official response to the House of Commons’ Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on European Regional Development Fund. - While the Committee found that ERDF funding is highly valued by local authorities and other recipients it is not possible to conclude that it is making a significant…

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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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Census 2011 – First Release

On 16 July 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its first release of statistics from the census taken as at 27 March 2011. This data is crucial for local authorities – both for planning and managing service developments, and for its impact on local government financial settlements. blished its first release of statistics…

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The first Community Energy Strategy: opportunities for local authorities

* The Community Energy (CE) strategy provides a framework for support to increase the role of community groups in the distribution, production and saving of energy; with the aim of contributing to national carbon reduction targets, energy efficiency, local resilience, reductions in fuel poverty and localism. * It has been developed closely with the various…

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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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Apprenticeships 2015-20: challenges and opportunities for local government

This briefing looks at the major challenges facing local government in contributing to the government’s ambition for three million new apprenticeships in England to 2020; but also the opportunities to shape and delivery manage this important element of the skills and employment system.

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Charge! Latest planning shake-up to see electric car chargepoints become compulsory in new buildings

The government is considering another shake-up of planning regulations with electric car charging points set to become compulsory in new-build homes and other buildings. What changes to current building regulations does the consultation propose, and how far will the changes contribute towards meeting the target of the UK achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by…

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