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The State of Care

The Care Quality Commission has just published its annual state of care report looking at the quality of health and social care and the issues facing these vital sectors. It’s widely acknowledged that both health and care are facing a fairly acute funding crisis, the CQC highlighted the good – that quality of care is…

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Public service comparisons within the EU

The European Commission has published a report on public administration characteristics and performance in the EU. Originally created for Irish readers, this briefing examines the findings of the research and highlights areas which require further effort as general public service reform is rolled out in Ireland, and what Scotland can learn from this.

Scotland Briefing
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Prosperity and Justice: a plan for the new economy

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)’s Commission on Economic Justice has been working for nearly two years on proposals for fundamental reform of the British economy. We look at its final report here.

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Dog fouling – a blight on the pavement

Dog mess is one of the most common causes of complaints to local councils. What innovative solutions are being used by councils? This Swift Read outlines ways of tackling dog fouling using case studies and examples of the different schemes used by local authorities.

Australia, England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Ipso facto: local authorities and press complaints

Two recent IPSO adjudications show different outcomes for local government. This briefing summarises the complaints, adjudications and outcomes, and suggests learning points for local authorities.

Scotland Briefing
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Election candidates and campaigns: a consultation on new laws

Candidates and supporters experienced harassment and intimidation during the 2017 General Election. To tackle this, the Cabinet Office is consulting on three key changes in electoral law, with the opportunity for responses open until 22 October 2018.

England & Wales Briefing

LGiU Fortnightly 7th September: The future of our cities + post-summer news catchup

After the never-ending summer, we catch you up on the latest big news from local government and let you know what to expect from LGiU this Autumn. We have a special focus on the future of cities, bringing you the highlights from two recent events, the Academy of Urbanism’s Cities on the Rise Conference in…

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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