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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

The Public Value (Social Value) Act 2012 requires certain public authorities including local authorities to consider how, in procuring services, they might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their areas. While the potential impact of the legislation particularly on the social enterprise sector has been somewhat exaggerated, seeking to achieve corporate and community…

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Council workers deserve more credit for successful Olympics

The first part of the August MORI poll was released yesterday and focused on public reaction the the Olympics. It asked who ‘deserves the most credit for the Olympics games being a success?‘ The athletes, unsurprisingly, come out on top with 66%, followed by the Games makers/volunteers (58%), Lord Coe and LOCOG (55%) and the…

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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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Strategic Touring Programme for the arts

This briefing covers the first stage of implementation of one of Arts Council England’s major programmes for 2012/2013. - Arts Council England has allocated the first round of funding for the Strategic Touring Programme - This briefing indicates the purpose of the fund, who has been successful in the first round and what happens next…

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NICE public health draft guidance on obesity

This briefing covers the recent draft guidance by NICE on obesity on which it is seeking views.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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