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IR35: Implications for Local Authorities

This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities and the government’s rationale for the changes, as well as some of the issues and objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations and sector interest groups.

England & Wales Briefing
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Brexit update March-April 2017

The implications for local government of the forthcoming negotiations and the repatriation of EU legislation into UK law are profound but, as yet, not at all clear. We consider the role of local government in scrutinising the future bill and also in developing strategies for their areas post 2020.

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Households below a Minimum Income Standard

This JRF report deals with trends in the numbers of individuals living in households below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) between 2008-09 and 2014-15. MIS is an alternative way of measuring poverty risk and is based on what the general public think is an acceptable minimum standard of living.

England & Wales Briefing
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Integrating health and social care: an examination of the issues

Many initiatives have attempted to develop integrated health and social care services through the development of plans, pooled funding, and new care models. These are discussed here, alongside broader lessons to be learnt on such cross-cutting themes as change management in the workforce and the value add of local government.

England & Wales Briefing
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The Future of Jobcentre Plus: Work and Pensions Committee Report

The report by the Work and Pensions Committee into the future of Jobcentre Plus covered the planned on-going co-location of JCP offices with other local services, such as council benefit teams and health services, and a process of devolution of employment services to combined local authorities and devolved governments

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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DfE consultation: Social work: national assessment and accreditation system

The DfE is consulting (until 14 March) on a National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers with the aim of obtaining greater public assurance that social workers and their leaders have the knowledge and skills to support effective practice. This is the CSN briefing on the consultation.

England & Wales Briefing

What is the future of local government services?

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and the perennial problem of finding…

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Top five challenges for the local government workforce

What are the key workforce challenges for local government and how can they be met? This briefing summarises research from the University of Birmingham and draws insights from our interviews with chief executives and directors on the major challenges and the broader context in which they are working.

England & Wales Briefing
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Blowing in the wind: council communications during severe weather

This briefing introduces the legal responsibilities of local authorities to communicate during emergencies, including those caused by extreme weather, and looks at examples of best practice. It outlines strategies for effective communications, including key channels to consider.

Scotland Briefing
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National Audit Office Report on Benefit Sanctions

The NAO has published a report on the implementation and impact of the sanctions regime. It is difficult to conclusively assess their impact. However, it is suggested sanctions may lead to extra public spending in local authority funded welfare support. The DWP does not intend to carry out further reviews.

England & Wales Briefing