Topic: Communities and society

From social engagement to civic action – how can local government engage citizens in democracy and delivery? What can communities do for themselves with the support of local public bodies?

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Individual Electoral Representation: Implementation

The move to Individual Electoral Registration is well underway, and will be in place by the end of 2014.This briefing outlines the implications of IER for local authorities in England and Wales, and will be of interest to elected members, and officers with corporate community and electoral responsibilities.

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Census 2011 – First Release

On 16 July 2012, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published its first release of statistics from the census taken as at 27 March 2011. This data is crucial for local authorities – both for planning and managing service developments, and for its impact on local government financial settlements. blished its first release of statistics…

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Right to Bid for Community Assets

Several of the provisions in the Localism Act are being promoted as creating new rights for communities, but have depended on regulations to put them into effect. The right for local groups to bid to purchase buildings and land defined as community assets has the potential to have an impact in every community. It will…

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NALM Healthwatch Development Progress Report

This briefing summarises and comments on a report and recommendations by the National Association of LINks Members (NALM) on a recent survey of local authorities and LINks on the progress made in each area towards setting up a local Healthwatch organisation. The briefing will be of interest to local government officers and Members with responsibility…

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Commission on the Future of Local Government

On 03 July 2012, the Commission on the Future of Local Government launched its final report in the House of Lords. With a clear focus on civic enterprise, the report sets out the Commission’s recommendations on the shape and role of local government in the future. Set up by Leeds City Council to explore how…

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The 2011 Summer Riots: one year on

This report draws on research carried out by LGiU to examine the local government response to the summer riots of 2011, and gives a snapshot of how prepared local authorities are to respond to future riots.

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Listening to Troubled Families

Louise Casey has published this report “as a starting point” to get a deeper understanding of troubled families to help learn from successful interventions. It calls for a longer term view and is based on Ms Casey’s interviews with families in 16 local authorities, drawn largely from families involved in family intervention projects in 2006.…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: July 2012

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health, public health and social care round-up July 2012 Summary 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…

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National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) update summer 2012

This briefing updates readers on some of the early implications of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), published in March 2012, including: implementing the duty to co-operate: this is an important part of examining whether or not a local plan is sound, and must be addressed before a plan is submitted for examination – inspectors…

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Swift and Sure Justice: the government’s plans for reform of the criminal justice system

Swift and Sure Justice: The Government’s Plans for Reform of the Criminal Justice System is the latest government white paper covering crime, crime reduction and punishment. The white paper contains the government’s proposals on speeding up the criminal justice system, ensuring sanctions are correctly and appropriately applied, the use of technology and improving the transparency…

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