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Reorganising central government bodies

In its report Reorganising central government bodies, the National Audit Office assesses the effectiveness of the Public Bodies Reform Programme. The Programme, which covers 904 public bodies, proposes the largest restructuring of public bodies in decades. Out of 496 bodies earmarked for merging, substantial reform or outright abolition, the Programme plans to abolish 262. However,…

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Review of Rural Social Enterprise in England

The Review of Rural Social Enterprise in England aims to provide a comprehensive overview of rural social enterprise in England, clarifying the sub-sectors within rural social enterprise, investigating their economic, social and environmental impact, and exploring what barriers to growth exist. From this investigation it draws a number of conclusions and put forwards recommendations for…

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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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The Portas Review: the future of our high streets

The government-commissioned Portas Review sets out 28 recommendations on how to reverse the decline of high streets and town centres as drivers of economic growth and social capital. This is a wide-ranging but not comprehensive set of recommendations, expressed at varying levels of detail, across aspects of town centre policy and practice including regulation, planning,…

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Autumn statement 29 November 2011

On 29 November the Chancellor’s autumn statement revealed that the UK faces year-on-year spending cuts into the next parliament lasting a total of seven years. This is the longest sustained reduction in public spending for 60 years.

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The week ahead 18/07/11

We are waiting for the local government resource review report which is expected this week, possibly today.

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Open Public Services White Paper

This briefing summarises and comments on the Open Public Services White Paper.

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The week ahead in local government 04/07/11

The much anticipated report of the Dilnot Commission was published today, although there has of course been a lot of press coverage already in the preceding weeks. LGiU director Jonathan Carr-West has blogged about it for Total Politics.

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