Topic: Finance

Local government funding and financial management.

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After Carillion: Public sector outsourcing and contracting

The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report deals with the criteria for deciding whether public sector projects are suitable to be run by the private sector, the success of PFI, and how the market is shaped and managed for the private delivery of public sector projects and services.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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DCMS: Civil Society Strategy

The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public…

England & Wales Briefing

Viewpoint: Cuts to spending on disadvantage foreshadow a looming crisis

Lloyds Bank Foundation's new research from the New Policy Institute looks at changes to local government spending supporting people facing disadvantage. For LGiU, Caroline Howe, Policy and National Programmes Manager, Lloyds Bank Foundation explains what they’ve found.

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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ONS place-based statistics: implications for local authorities

An overview of recent ONS statistical releases on population, housing, labour market, household income, electoral registration, and internet users - together with a discussion on how to ensure LAs are keeping abreast of statistics and using them in their place-shaping and community leadership roles.

Scotland Briefing
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School system research: Evaluating the post-2010 DfE policy

The Self-Improving School Led System (SISS), the dominant Government schools policy since 2010, has been reviewed by a team from the UCL Institute of Education. Findings include the undermining of school autonomy by tight curriculum and assessment requirements; a strengthened hierarchy of schools affecting the willingness of schools to cooperate; and chaotic oversight between central…

England & Wales Briefing
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Converting schools to academies: Public Accounts Committee

The Commons Public Accounts Committee has reported on converting schools to academies drawing on National Audit Office work. It looks at local support for schools, including Academy Trust failure, and the consequences for the school system in England; it finds that “arrangements for oversight of schools are fragmented and incoherent”.

England & Wales Briefing
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Rolling Out Universal Credit: NAO Report

This briefing deals with the NAO’s June 2018 report on the roll out of Universal Credit. It will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority concerned with in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.

Scotland Briefing
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The social housing green paper

The long-awaited green paper on social housing has been published. Will it represent significant changes to how council housing is delivered, regulated and financed?

England & Wales Briefing