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Policy in Practice: Pension Funds – Working together, Investing in Communities & Growth

This briefing is the first of a pair of briefings on current and recent developments in pension funds. It presents case studies of what local authorities are doing in two areas: * Innovative investments of pension funds in local infrastructure, growing local economies and benefiting communities * Recent and current joint working between councils on…

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Local Government Transparency Code 2014

The Local Government Transparency Code 2014 published on 1 May 2014 replaces the Code of Recommended Practice for Local Authorities on Data Transparency published in September 2011. A frequently asked questions (FAQs) document has been published alongside the Code. The review which preceded the Code’s publication was the subject of a Policy Briefing, Data Transparency:…

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Deregulation Bill

* A Deregulation Bill is making progress through both Houses of Parliament proposing a wide range of measures to reduce burdens on businesses, voluntary organisations and public bodies. * The scope of the legislation takes in health and safety, apprenticeships and employment law, company and insolvency law, rights of way, housing, transport, communications, the environment,…

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Fraud and error in the benefits system

This report, published on 7 May summarises the Work and Pensions Committee’s inquiry into government efforts to reduce losses to the exchequer through error and fraud in the benefits system. The government believes that the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) will help to tackle fraud and error by reducing complexity. The Work and Pensions Committee…

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2014 Queen’s Speech: 2014-15 Legislative Programme

* The Queen has set out the Government’s legislative programme for the 2014/15 Parliamentary session. * The Programme includes 11 new Bills, including ones on small business and enterprise, infrastructure, pensions, childcare, modern slavery, serious crime and the recall of MPs. * Three draft bills promised are for pre-legislative scrutiny on the governance of national…

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Enabling Enterprise in Libraries

Enabling Enterprise in Libraries reports on the first phase of a project commissioned by ACE. The project explores how library services can widen their area of operations to generate significant income - without compromising the library service ethos. The income would be used to improve services.

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Health, public health and social care round up: May 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…

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Local government procurement – DCLG Select Committee

* The Communities and Local Government Select Committee have published a report on local government procurement ("Local government procurement"). * The Committee called on the sector to invest to ensure procurement skills are embedded across councils and all staff involved in the design, commissioning and management of services and not just procurement officers. * It…

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Designing services

I’m a bit of a sucker for good design. From beautiful pens that make writing notes on heavy vellum a pleasure to sparkling glassware that balances in the hand and makes the wine taste just that much better. Design isn’t just about objects. Services are designed, too. And we can all tell the difference between…

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