Open reflects a growing recognition that what matters is not the technology or the tools but the uses you put them to: the forms of engaging, doing and being that they enable and the way they increase and improve democratic participation for a growing number of people.
In this long read Janet Sillett looks at what makes a place a place, what makes some places work and others not, how councils chart the story of their places and respond to the changes that inevitably happen.
* The Queen has set out the Government’s legislative programme for the 2014/15 Parliamentary session. * The Programme includes 11 new Bills, including ones on small business and enterprise, infrastructure, pensions, childcare, modern slavery, serious crime and the recall of MPs. * Three draft bills promised are for pre-legislative scrutiny on the governance of national…
Two years after the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action was published, three reviews have been published which demonstrate the need for a whole systems approach which involved both schools and local government.
The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration.
• A number of recent reports have drawn attention to the quality of home care for older and disabled people and to threats to their human rights and dignity. • All the reports are based on surveys of local authorities, service users and/or care workers and/or Freedom of Information requests to local authorities. The reports…
Healthy Ageing Challenge Overview: the £98 million ‘healthy ageing programme’ will drive the development of new products and services which will help people to live in their homes for longer, tackle loneliness and isolation, and increase independence, self-management and wellbeing. Hear about the programme and how to get involved. Registration from 10.30. Online access will be…
The third in our series of briefings on communications, we look here at how councils use social media and suggest how it can be used effectively and with confidence.
This is the 15th instalment in our series of briefings exploring winning programmes from the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards. This week we’re taking a look at the winner of the Promoting Economic Development Category, Limerick City and County Council's regeneration programme: Model of pathways to employment in the hospitality and catering industry.
The Commons Committee for Culture, Media and Sport has published a report on funding outside London, examining the impact of local government cuts on cultural provision at local and regional levels. It also looks at the development of new commercial practices and local responses to the withdrawal of public funding.