Shared services are now an established feature of local government. We consider here many of the issues facing councils and how they have been tackled by specific councils, and ask whether shared service arrangements and partnerships increase the likelihood of full mergers
The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?
LGiU Ireland are kicking off 2019 with a new series of monthly briefings on local government activities. First up, we’re looking at at Clare County Council, drawing from the December edition of their Chief Executive’s Monthly Report and sharing some good practices and innovative initiatives.
Are you making the most of your land and property assets? This briefing gives an update of the One Public Estate Programme and considers the opportunities to use assets to drive growth, increase employment and to stimulate new housing as well as capitalising on the cash value.
The Government wants to promote the use of apprenticeships in the public sector and has now confirmed after consultation that 2.3% of an organisation's headcount should be apprenticeship starts. This briefing looks at the Government's response to the consultation and the updated guidance on implementing the new apprenticeship arrangements.
The DfE's Regional Schools Commissioners have been operating since September 2014 with responsibility to oversee the Secretary of State's functions over Academies. Since then their role has increased. The House of Commons Education Committee has reported on these developments and this is the CSN Briefing on the report.
The Future of Apprenticeships in England: Implementation Plan details the government’s reforms to the Apprenticeship system, and outlines how they will be implemented. The key elements of the reforms are introducing new employer-designed standards and assessment procedures; strengthening English and maths requirements; and mandating that Apprenticeships last for a minimum of 12 months. The new…
This briefing outlines the Government’s programme for education and children’s services, as found in the Queen’s Speech and the Conservative Party Manifesto.
The Family and Childcare Trust conducts an annual survey of early years education and childcare, including the cost and take-up of provision by region. The Government is looking to increase the amount of provision and this survey provides very useful information to assist local authorities in their childcare duties. This is the CSN briefing on…
'- This briefing is designed to give a broad overview of the digital agenda as applied to local government. - Digital technology and the move to digital service delivery is a re-occurring theme in reports, news feeds, blogs and articles. It is seen as one of the main ways to improve service delivery while reducing…