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Law Commission Report on Adult Social Care

This policy briefing summarises the main recommendations from the Law Commission’s review into adult social care legislation and describes implications for local authorities.

England & Wales
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Families facing multiple challenges: NAO report

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report (“Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges”) examining the design, implementation and performance of two separate government programmes to help families address a range of challenges; the DCLG’s ‘Troubled Families Programme’ and DWP’s ‘Families with Multiple Problems Programme’. The NAO believe that the rationale for both…

England & Wales
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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.

England & Wales
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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.

Scotland
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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…

England & Wales
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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…

England & Wales
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Safeguarding and Radicalisation: DfE commissioned research

Is the radicalisation of young people primarily a child protection issue? And how should local authorities manage radicalisation of children? DfE commissioned research attempts to answer these questions.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Foxes and Hedgehogs: Future directions for housing policy

The housing briefing this month could more properly be described as a personal blog that looks at the state of housing policy in Ireland in the run-up to the general election. With the housing crisis showing little sign of easing and given the importance of the issue to the public, we can expect all the…

Ireland
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Committee on Climate Change Annual Progress Report to Parliament (2016)

The Independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published its annual progress report for 2016. This briefing will outline findings from the report and is relevant for those in local authorities who wish to stay up to date with the latest progress in climate change policy implementation.

England & Wales