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The LGO and the future of local accountability: An LGiU Inquiry

This briefing outlines the findings of a new LGiU report, The LGO and the future of local accountability: An LGiU Inquiry. The LGiU carried out a consultation of the local government sector to find out how the Ombudsman might better use the information it holds to enhance local accountability. The report looks at how we…

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Can the Work Programme Work for All User Groups?

This report is the second by the Work and Pensions on the Work Programme (WP). The report covers the WP’s performance during the first year of operations, supply chain management, and the Programme’s payments structure, but most importantly its success in helping hard to place groups. It is concluded that the WP has the potential…

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Policy Exchange – Better Public Services

• The think tank, Policy Exchange has published a report (“Better Public Services – a roadmap for revolution”) arguing that the state’s “right to monopoly provision” of public services should be swept aside to shift control away from government to people and communities. • The report believes the public to have a strong appetite for…

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Social Justice: transforming lives one year on

* The document: Social Justice: transforming lives one year on (available here), is an update to the original document published in 2012. It is in part a progress report and in part a re-iteration of the guiding principles of the Government’s strategy for social justice. *Key to the strategy is local delivery, with civil society…

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On Your Radar May 2013

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months.

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Take part in our survey on tenant engagement and welfare reform

The LGiU is undertaking a piece of research into tenant engagement in the context of welfare reform. We would love to hear from retained stock authorities, ALMOs, housing associations and other housing management organisations about how they have engaged with tenants to make sure they are up to speed with welfare reform. We're also interested…

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Re-igniting Growth: Investing for Prosperity

This briefing deals with two reports summarising recent academic research on the underpinnings of economic growth, one published by the ESRC and the other by the LSE. The main themes are skills, innovation, and investment, traditionally areas in which the UK has performed badly in relation to its main international competitors. Both reports contain a…

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Mainstreaming equality considerations – EHRC guidance on procurement

This brief and straightforward guidance from the Equality and Human Rights Commission on equality considerations and procurement demonstrates how compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty need not be a burden, and can lead to councils getting better value for money by providing more appropriate services. As it focuses on how externally-provided services can be…

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The Government’s response to the Heseltine Growth Report

The Government has published its official and detailed response to the Lord Heseltine’s growth report, claiming to have accepted 81 of the 89 recommendations. The response confirms the Government’s intention to establish a ‘Single Local Growth Fund’ and provides some detail of its design, but key decisions on its composition and size have been left…

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Budget 2013: Analysis

A LGiU summary of Budget 2013 was produced on 20 March (see related briefings). This briefing sets out a fuller analysis of certain aspects of the Budget, focusing in particular on: The state of the economy as indicated by supplementary reports produced by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) and other commentary The Government’s programme…

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