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Health and Social Care Bill – ‘a big ask’ but also a huge opportunity

Health and Social Care Bill – all 367 pages and explanatory notes as well… There weren’t many surprises in the Bill published yesterday, but it did provide more details about, for example, the new health and wellbeing boards and about public health in the new regime and it is the start of a long parliamentary…

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Local government finance review must be wide ranging

After speaking with Greg Clark last week I have high expectations for the government’s announcement on the review of local government finance.    It seems though that there is a conflict at the heart of the coalition about how ‘radical’ to be.   Allister Hayman over at LGC has more on this.    My two pennyworth, which I…

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myCllr – another online tool towards Gov 2.0?

Continuing my theme of posts on the ‘new political literacy’ I thought it would be interesting to interview Luke Bozier, MD of myCllr, to find out how he believes the service can strengthen local democracy and what it can do to put citizens better in control of their lives, communities and local services. What follows is…

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Some light relief amid a busy week for local government

This is a rather busy week for local government. We had the Second Reading of the Localism Bill yesterday (you can see our briefing here) and are expecting the hugely important Health and Social Care Bill tomorrow (which we’ve previously blogged about too). Therefore, I think it might be nice to start today’s round-up with some…

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Second Reading of the Decentralisation and Localism Bill 2010

The Decentralisation and Localism Bill had its Second Reading on 17 January 2011. This briefing deals with the key elements of the Bill that will have an impact on localism. Other important elements will be the subject of separate briefings.

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NHS Operating and Outcomes Frameworks

The DH has published the NHS Operating Framework for 2011/12 and an Outcomes Framework setting out outcomes and indicators for the NHS Commissioning Board. This briefing summarises each Framework and briefly considers issues for local government.

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LGIU Briefing on the Localism Bill

Overview Localism is a main theme of current government policy, and the Localism Bill is presented as the main vehicle for measures that will strengthen the capacity of communities and individuals to find local solutions to local problems. The pursuit of localism, seen from LGiU’s perspective, takes the form of strengthening local democracy by putting…

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LGiU and CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2011: Shortlist

      We’re delighted to announce the shortlist for the C’llr Achievement Awards 2011. We’ve been enthused by the quantity and quality of applicants for this year’s awards and heartened to learn of so many positive and dedicated councillors working to strengthen local democracy and help improve the lives of citizens.

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