Topic: Democracy, devolution and governance

Making sure that citizens have a voice through strong and vibrant local institutions.

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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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Local authority health scrutiny:proposals for consultation

This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Department of Health consultation which seeks views on some major changes to how health scrutiny operates; these include a proposal to require the full council to agree to refer contested NHS reconfigurations to the Secretary of State.

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Caring for our future: progress report on funding reform

The progress report on funding reform was published on 11 July alongside the social care draft bill and the white paper. The report accepts certain key principles underpinning the Dilnot Commission’s proposals – particularly the need for a cap on care costs. However, the government were not prepared to commit to a specific model or…

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New Standards in Local Government

On 1 July 2012 councils became directly responsible for the standards that are expected of their elected members. The new scheme has been under development throughout its tricky passage through parliament and in the months following, as efforts have been made to achieve clarity and certainty about what is required. This briefing will be of…

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Draft Care and Support Bill

The Bill, which in large part accepts the recommendations of the recent Law Commission review, aims to bring together all the underlying rights powers and duties that underpin the national legislative framework for social care. While retaining the principles of means testing and eligibility thresholds, it introduces into legislation principles of well-being, integration, prevention and…

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National Audit Office Report – central government’s communication and engagement with local government

'- The National Audit Office has published a report on the effectiveness of central government’s communications and engagement with local government. - Accepting that communications between the two parts of government is "inherently challenging” the report calls for improvement on the part of central government, claiming that policy consultations can be rushed, emails are poorly…

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City Deals – implications for enhanced devolution and local economic growth

With the ‘City Deal’ announcements on July 5 2012, the government has now concluded agreements with the eight ‘Core Cities’ and/or their ‘Local Enterprise Partnerships’ (LEPs) on a range of measures to stimulate city growth and development. This briefing outlines the genesis and progress to date on city deals, their importance to the city regions…

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On Your Radar June 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: Upcoming briefings CLG update LGiU social care updates: APPG inquiry, outcome based commissioning survey, co-production publication

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Healthy places: councils leading on public health

The briefing below can now be downloaded as a PDF Healthy places – councils leading on public health Summary This policy briefing selects topics from the New Local Government Network’s study which will be of particular interest to those involved in health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) and the transfer of public health. Topics include: HWBs involving…

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Putting victims first – More effective responses to anti-social behaviour

The briefing provides a summary of the Government’s white paper on improving the approach to anti-social behaviour. The proposals are designed to put the needs of the victim first. A number of proposals stem from identified weaknesses in current anti-social behaviour powers that are cumbersome, difficult to apply and routinely breached. The briefing will be…

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