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Health and Wellbeing Boards: system leaders or talking shops?

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health and Wellbeing Boards – system leaders or talking shops? Summary This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Kings Fund survey of health and wellbeing boards which presents findings on issues such as: membership leadership and expectations. The Kings Fund also identifies key themes and…

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Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report

• Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report is an evaluation of what works well in Apprenticeship Programmes, It is based on an in-depth study by inspectors of a representative sample of 15 providers rated good or outstanding • Teaching and assessing to exacting standards, good quality regular review processes, high levels of…

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Gypsies and Travellers: two new government reports

The government has published two key documents: its final planning policy for traveller sites the first progress report on the ministerial group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers across the council and partner organisations who are involved with gypsy and traveller communities, including…

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DfE – Statutory Guidance for Schools and Local Authorities on Careers Guidance and consultation on extending the age range

• The Department for Education has published statutory guidance on the provision of careers guidance for pupils in school years 9 to 11. • The guidance follows closely the tenant of the new duty which comes into force in September 2012 for schools in England to secure independent and impartial careers advice for their pupils.…

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The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

In the aftermath of local elections and mayoral referendums on May 2012, there is a need to take stock of future prospects for mayoral governance in English Local Authorities, and also of the related implications of concurrent developments for city leadership. This briefing: gives a brief summary of the history of directly elected mayors in…

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Local measures to promote walking and cycling

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published draft guidance called Walking and Cycling: Local Measures to Promote Walking and Cycling as Forms of Travel or Recreation. The guidance makes 10 recommendations: 1. involve public health professionals: ensure a senior member of the public health team is responsible for promoting both walking…

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Queen’s Speech 2012

'- The Queen’s Speech on 9th May will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2012/13 Parliamentary session. - This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. - This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and…

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Early Impacts of Work Experience

* Early Impacts of Work Experience is a peer-reviewed assessment of the Government’s Work Experience programme, a programme that received a great deal of criticism at the start of this year. * Its results suggest that Work Experience has been strikingly successful in helping its participants leave benefits and move into employment. * This briefing…

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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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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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