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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.

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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”.

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Welfare Conditionality Project: Final Findings Report

The final report of a five-year ESRC-supported project on welfare conditionality will be of interest to officers and members in all types of authority with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and employment.

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Alternative provision and exclusions: Commons Education Committee

The Commons Education Committee report 'Forgotten children' finds that alternative provision (AP) is seen as a forgotten part of the education system, side-lined and stigmatised as somewhere only the very worst behaved pupils go. However, this is not the case, but the quality of provision is far too variable. And there is an alarming increase…

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DfE: Fostering better outcomes

‘Fostering better outcomes’ is the DfE’s response to two reports on improving local authority fostering of children covering improving the experience of children in foster care, greater stability, giving more responsibility to foster parents, better ways of matching parents to children, and new approaches to commissioning foster placements.

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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.

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The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union

The proposals in the white paper will be discussed with the EU negotiators during the summer as a package with the negotiations about the terms of UK’s withdrawal. Time is short. What are the key points raised and the challenges posed by the white paper?

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DfE research: Children’s Social Care: what LAs think

DfE research Childrens Social Care what LAs think Summary In May 2018 the DfE published its Children’s Services Wave 3 research report. The report sets out findings from the third wave of the DfE Children’s Services Omnibus Survey. This survey explored senior local authority leaders’ perceptions and activities relating to a range of policy areas.…

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