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On Your Radar April 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 briefing includes the second part of the new forward planning document. It also highlights: Future briefings CLG since…

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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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Hate crime action plan

In March the Home Office published a cross-departmental plan to tackle hate crime setting out the strategic direction the Government wishes to take to address this issue. This briefing will explore what the Government’s ambitions are when it comes to tackling hate crime, looking in particular at: * The different types of hate crime highlighted…

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Consultation on changes to National Park governance

The government is issuing its second consultation on the issue of the governance of national parks in England, focusing on membership conditions of National Park Authorities The consultation opened on the 8 March and closes on 31 May 2012. The aim of the consultation is to increase local accountability. It puts forward five changes to…

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After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. To build social and economic resilience in communities, the Panel makes 63 recommendations.…

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The Health and Social Care Act: final stages and comment

This briefing covers the final parliamentary stages of the Health and Social Care Act, looks at key issues from the perspective of local government, such as challenges facing councils and health, and looks ahead. The final stages of the Bill produced few significant changes that directly affect local government but there were amendments that are…

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National Planning Policy Framework

The government published the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) on 27 March 2012. It came into effect immediately. The NPPF aims to reduce the planning barriers to growth, while at the same time involve people more in planning decisions in their local area. It has a presumption in favour of sustainable development, that is, achieving…

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“Taking forward Community Budgets” Report from the Commons and Local Government Select Committee

'- The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its initial report on Community Budgets. - They believe that Community Budgets have the potential to bring significant benefits and transform the manner in which services are managed and provided. However, the Committee believes that it is too early to make firm conclusions. So it…

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Enterprise Zones: one year on

The 2011 Budget announced the creation of Enterprise Zones (EZs) across England: geographically bounded areas which would be eligible for specific financial, regulatory and infrastructural incentives to encourage investment from businesses and promote growth. Since then, 24 EZs have been established in phases, closely linked to the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) which now cover virtually…

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Budget 2012

This briefing details the main announcements relevant to local government from the 2012 budget: * It covers everything from new money for local development through to the proposals for Tax Increment Finance 2 (TIF2). *It provides an overview of the government’s tax policy as well as economic and budget forecasts. *It will be relevant for…

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