Topic: Culture, sport and tourism

An essential ingredient for place making. How can communities and local government work together to make local life fun and enriching and attract visitors for economic development?

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NICE public health draft guidance on obesity

This briefing covers the recent draft guidance by NICE on obesity on which it is seeking views. It discusses a community-based multi-sectoral approach. It will be useful to all those concerned with public health in local government and to Members and officers involved in planning, transport, leisure, walking, cycling, the health of staff and communities’…

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Mayoral elections

This briefing presents the manifestos of the four main candidates for London Mayor, drawing out those key policies that would impact significantly on the work of local councils and the lives of those whom they represent. It also reflects briefly upon those cities that will be voting on 03 May on whether or not to…

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Open Public Services 2012

'- The Government has published an update on the implementation of its White Paper “Open Public Services” which was published last July. - It provides for a comprehensive update across the Coalition Government’s public service reforms as well as advocating new policy developments most notably in promoting greater choice, redress for service users and decentralisation…

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Budget Briefing 2012: Headline announcements

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This briefing sets out areas of specific relevance to local government.

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Cities Fit For Cycling

The launch of The Times Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign has put the conditions for safe cycling onto the political agenda, and put the role of local authorities under the spotlight. This briefing provides an update on the debate and an overview of the ways in which local authorities can contribute to safer cycling conditions…

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Communities and Local Government questions and topical debate. Monday 12th March 2012

The Department for Communities and Local Government parliamentary questions session came on the same day as two announcements were made; a rise to £75k in the maximum amount of discount that a tenant can claim when exercising the Right to Buy and a related announcement on the New Buy Scheme, which is a mortgage indemnity…

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On Your Radar March 2012

On Your Radar 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. This edition highlights: • forward planning • future briefings • localism act • council tax • funding opportunities

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Strategic Touring Programme and Creative People and Places

The briefing: * explains the Arts Council’s strategic approach to addressing the issue of areas of the country where cultural provision is very scarce and engagement in cultural activity is low, and * alerts councils to funding opportunities from two key programmes and explains the policies that underpin the programmes. The briefing will be of…

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On Your Radar – January 2012

On Your Radar 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. Given this is the first On Your Radar of 2012 it seems appropriate to focus more this month on…

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Creating a sporting habit for life – a new youth strategy

The central aim of the Government’s new Strategy for youth sport is to increase the number of 14-25 year olds playing sport ensuring that participation continues beyond school years into adulthood. This briefing summarises the key points, comments on its policy direction and on the debate over the money available for the strategy. The role…

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