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Early education and childcare costs, DfE economic assessment

As part of the DfE's strategic planning for the development of the childcare market to ensure there is sufficient provision to meet the Government's manifesto commitment to secure an additional 15 hours childcare a week for working parents of 3 and 4-year olds, the DfE has published an economic assessment of the market and childcare…

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Putting things right when they go wrong – NAO Report

The NAO’s new report “Public Services Markets: Putting things right when they go wrong” looks at how public services deal with complaints and redress, focusing on adult social care and early years education. There is clearly room for improvement.

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Open Public Services – Briefing on progress

This briefing takes a look across the Coalition Government’s public services reform programme – Open Public Services – to review progress and developments focusing on local government issues. Many of the original initiatives presented in the 2011 Open Public Services White Paper are now in place. Significant progress has been made in doubling the proportion…

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Open Government Partnership UK National Action Plan 2013 to 2015

The UK government published its Open Government Partnership (OGP) UK Action Plan 2013 to 2015 on 31 October 2013 at the Annual Summit 2013 in London. The action plan outlines twenty one government commitments to improve transparency, participation and accountability. The government published its first OGP National Action Plan in September 2011 and a self-assessment…

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Guide to Crowdfunding for Local Authorities

LGiU, in partnership with Spacehive, have released a practical guide designed to help officers and councillors unpick the different types of crowdfunding, their uses within and outside local government, and contains practical tips for those who wish to give crowdfunding a try.

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Managing Budgeting in Government: Public Accounts Committee report

This report from the Public Accounts Committee, Managing Budgeting in Government, published on 8 March 2013, gives a critical account of how the government has managed the spending review process. and makes recommendations for improving the spending review process ahead of the next review to be published in June 2013. The PAC inquiry followed the…

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Community, Parish and Town Councils

Scotland has some 1,200 community councils, established under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973. This briefing will look at the role of parish and community councils as service providers across the UK in the wider context of devolution.

Scotland
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Universal Credit: Local Support Services Framework

The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) will alter not only the structure of benefits but also methods of payment and claim management. Transition to the new system will alter the type of required support services for claimants and the DWP intends working with local authorities to help provide targeted local support. This document from the…

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