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Devolution Deals – Governance and Engagement

How are devolution deals negotiated and evaluated and are communities and the voluntary sector involved? The two reports considered here from NAVCA and Locality, and from the Political Studies Association, consider these issues and make recommendations for local and central government to improve negotiation and involvement.

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Place-based health: step forward local government?

The health sector is developing a focus on place-based health and care systems that are organised around localities and community involvement. Council leaders and chief executives need to participate in this unfolding agenda so that a place-based approach reinforces and helps to meet local priorities, rather than creating fresh divisions.

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NAO – Training new teachers

The National Audit Office (NAO) has conducted a value for money study of the DfE's management of the supply of school teachers. Concerns are expressed about the cost-effectiveness DfE's teacher supply model and finds that the DfE has missed targets for four years running. This is CSN's briefing on the NAO report.

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Mental health and well-being of looked-after children report: Commons Education Committee

Integrating health, education and social services to meet the mental health needs of looked after children is crucial if these young people are to lead independent adult lives. The Commons Education Committee has made recommendations for changes to statutory guidance, the way children’s mental health services are managed at a local level, the way mental…

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We’re out for the count: the full run down on the elections

It’s polling day at last. Coverage We’re covering the local elections on our live blog here.  We’re pretty much always the first and the fastest with elections results, we’ll be with you through tonight and tomorrow with results and analysis. Crowdsourcing returns We’re also doing something a little different this year. We’re building an open…

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DfE consultation: The thirty hours free childcare entitlement

The Government is consulting on implementing its manifesto commitment to offer an additional 15 hours (to a total of 30) a week of free childcare following the passage of the Childcare Act 2016. This is the CSN briefing on the consultation. Consultation closes on 6 June 2016.

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Health, public health and social care round up: April 2016

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.

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Viewpoint: Millions sweep complaints under the carpet

Consumer Rights have been thrown into the spotlight in the last year more than ever before, but there are still significant gaps in the public’s knowledge when it comes to how to complain, writes Lewis Shand Smith, Chief Ombudsman at Ombudsman Services.

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DfE revised guidance on maintained school organisation

The DfE has revised its suite of statutory guidance documents on changes which can be made to local authority maintained schools, including opening and closing schools, although there has been no substantial change to the law since the last time the documents were revised in 2014. This is CSN's briefing on the new documents.

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Economic Prosperity Boards

Economic Prosperity Boards were introduced by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. They haven’t been much taken up but do they have the potential to provide a useful structure for partnerships in those cases where combined authorities are less appropriate?

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