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Updates on the new Public Health System

On 20 December, 2011 the Secretary of State for Health published policy updates on the new public health system. In a series of factsheets, the roles and responsibilities of local authorities are set out, including specific local authority public health functions, the role of the Director of Public Health and commissioning responsibilities.

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The Local Government Finance Bill

On 19 December 2011, The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) presented before Parliament a Local Government Finance Bill, and also published a series of supporting documents. The Bill provides draft legislation for a series of key changes in local government finance and funding, all of which have been subject to prior consultation. This…

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Local authorities, the coalition government and green policy: 2011 in review

Any review of the coalition governments’ policies cannot ignore two of its biggest priorities: eliminating the budget deficit and pursuing a radical localism, decentralisation and deregulation agenda. In May 2010, David Cameron also boldly announced that the first coalition since 1974 would be the “greenest government ever”. The commitment was welcomed as an ambitious intention…

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CLG Committee report on draft national planning policy framework (NPPF)

The Communities and Local Government Select Committee published the report of its review into the draft national planning policy framework (NPPF) on 21 December 2011. If accepted by government, many of the report’s recommendations would have direct implications for local planning authorities (LPAs) and elected members.

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How can councils give a voice to homeless people?

LGiU and St Mungo’s held a high-level roundtable of council housing representatives and related partners to discuss how homeless people could be given a greater voice in service delivery decisions under localism. The event focused primarily on non-statutory homelessness. This briefing summarises the key elements of the discussion in relation to the challenges and opportunities…

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Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act and Police and Crime Commissioners: update

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 gained Royal Assent on 15 September 2011. The two major parts of the Act deal with police reform, specifically the creation of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), and licensing reform. This briefing covers the first two parts of the Act on police and licensing reform.

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The Portas Review: the future of our high streets

The government-commissioned Portas Review sets out 28 recommendations on how to reverse the decline of high streets and town centres as drivers of economic growth and social capital. This is a wide-ranging but not comprehensive set of recommendations, expressed at varying levels of detail, across aspects of town centre policy and practice including regulation, planning,…

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On Your Radar December 2011

On Your Radar is a new monthly briefing that looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months.

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Localism Act: the new standards framework

The standards provisions in the Localism Bill changed significantly at a late stage, as the result of pressure in the House of Lords. It was always intended that councils and other public bodies would be subject to a duty to promote and maintain standards of conduct; the developments have occurred in what that would involve.…

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New approaches to supporting carers

The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at Leeds University has carried out a national evaluation of the Department of Health’s Demonstrator Sites programme which aimed to improve carers’ health and wellbeing. The evaluation report on which this briefing is based contains numerous examples of good and innovative practice and will…

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