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High Speed 2 rail infrastructure project

The decision to implement HS2 highlights the tension between initiating large-scale, long-term national infrastructure projects driven from the centre, and the government’s aspirations to implement its localism agenda and devolve meaningful power to local authorities and neighbourhoods.

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Urban autonomy? ‘City deals’ and elected mayors

The briefing is of particular relevance for metropolitan districts and unitary authorities in urban areas, but may be of interest to others as an exploration of tangible possibilities arising from the government’s localism agenda. The coalition’s moves to decentralise power to English cities appear to be among the most exciting and potentially influential aspects of…

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Allocation of accommodation: guidance for local housing authorities in England

This briefing summarises and comments on the draft guidance on allocations for local housing authorities. The guidance consults on proposed new statutory measures to local housing authorities on the allocation of social housing. The guidance is intended to free up the existing allocation policy – to focus more energy on encouraging greater movement within the…

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National Audit Office Report: Central Government’s Implementation of the National Compact and progress on Local Compacts

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a review into Central Government’s implementation of the national Compact with the civil society following its renewal in December 2010. Local compacts between individual local authorities (and local statutory agencies) and the local civic society were not within the scope of this review. Nonetheless this briefing also seeks…

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Public health – outcomes framework and funding

This briefing summarises Improving outcomes and supporting transparency – a public health outcomes framework for England 2013-2016 and the Health Secretary’s announcement about public health funding. The total budget for 2013-14 will be around £5.2 billion, with around £2.2billion allocated to local authorities. Shadow budgets will be allocated for 2012-13. The outcomes framework (described below)…

England & Wales