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The Housing Report, Edition 2

A joint report by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and Shelter says the Government is failing to deliver on five out of ten key housing indicators including on housing supply, affordability of the private rented sector and homelessness. This briefing will be of interest to executive members and cabinet portfolio members…

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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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Department of Health update on public health funding

The Department of Health published an update on public health funding for local government on 14 June 2012. The document sets out current thinking on local authority public health finance and in particular: the next steps on moving from the estimates of baseline spending published in February 2012 to actual allocations for 2013-14 which are…

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Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care

This briefing summarises and comments on a report of a research review by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The report aims to give providers and users of services an overview of the research evidence for joint and integrated working. It focuses on jointly-organised services for older people and people with mental health problems in…

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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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Big Society Audit

In May, think tank the Civil Exchange, published a report on the Government’s Big Society agenda, which it claims to be the first independent audit of David Cameron’s flagship programme, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by Whitehall as it takes forward the Big Society agenda. This briefing will set out the report’s findings and…

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Local Government Finance Bill – update and supplementary information

This Briefing is an update on the various measures contained within the Local Government Finance Bill. During May, the Department of Communities and Local Government released a series of documents providing supplementary documents containing further detailed information on how the key aspects of the Bill will operate.

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On Your Radar May 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 The Queen’s Speech Police and Crime Commissioners

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Reinventing our Town Centres: Agendas for 2012-15

This briefing provides an update on Government’s response to the Portas Review into the future of our high streets. It then outlines strategies and programmes local authorities and town partnerships may progress to improve the performance of town centres. The briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers involved in all aspects…

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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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