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City Deals – launch of wave two invitations and progress on wave one

On 29 October 2012, twenty cities and their wider areas were invited by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, and Minister for Cities, Greg Clark, to bid for ‘radical new powers to boost local economic growth’ Government has also signed off – on 18 September 2012 – the eight wave one deals covering the ‘core cities’…

England & Wales
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Census 2011 latest releases and other ONS statistics

Since the last briefing on Census 2011 (January 2013), ONS has published a number of more detailed releases on topics such as religion, ethnicity, migration, and detailed characteristics by ward and super output area. Mid-year population estimates for 2012 (MYE2012) have also been published. This briefing provides a summary of key releases over the January…

England & Wales
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Consultation on strengthening the NHS Constitution – implications for local authorities

This policy briefing summarises proposals to strengthen the NHS Constitution so it is more responsive to the needs of patients and the public and can be better used to hold the NHS to account. The consultation is particularly pertinent in light of the most recent set of damning reports about poor care and complaint handling…

England & Wales
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The (re)turn to decentralisation and hybrid governance systems in cities

Rapid urbanisation, and shocks such as drought/climate change, infrastructure failures and advances in private technology are pushing cities to broaden their definitions of “good governance” away from internal accountability and direct control over bulk services, outward to collective governance and setting standards for distributed systems.  

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland
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Managing the expansion of the academies programme – NAO report

• The National Audit Office (NAO) have published a report (“Managing the expansion the Academies Programme”) evaluating the implementation of the Schools Academies Programme (“the Programme”) since May 2010, and the adequacy of the Government’s funding and oversight framework across the academies sector. • The NAO found that while the Department for Education (DfE) has…

England & Wales
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NatCen British Social Attitudes 30

'- The research agency NatCen released it’s thirtieth British Social Attitudes Survey on 10th September 2013. Each year NatCen's British Social Attitudes survey asks over 3,000 people what it's like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run. - The thirtieth survey examines the theory that greater individualisation is having…

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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Looked-After Children: Still Left Behind?

The purpose of this briefing is to outline the educational challenges that looked-after children face in meeting the educational outcomes that other children do nationally, and suggest some commentary on how key areas could be targeted to improve outcomes.

Scotland
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Census – key statistics published December 2012

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) published significant further details of the 2011 census on 11th December 2012. This included Key statistics for England and Wales covering age, health, ethnicity, religion, marital status, accommodation, skills etc., supported by 44 data tables; three reports on international migration, religion, and ethnicity and national identity; and a comparison…

England & Wales