Topic: Personal and organisational development

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Local Government in the Republic of Ireland

This briefing explores the origin and evolution of local government in Ireland before going on to outline the current functions and key characteristics of Ireland's local authorities and their members.

Ireland Briefing
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State of the UK Public Parks

The Heritage Lottery Fund has published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities now face a growing problem of how best to manage their parks and green spaces in a time of austerity. The report examines alternative approaches to management of parks.

England & Wales Briefing

LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards 2016

LGiU’s annual C’llr Achievement Awards is back again for the seventh year, and it is set to be the biggest year yet. Taking place against the beautiful backdrop of the Guildhall’s Livery Hall, we will again welcome councillors from across the UK to celebrate their achievements and to network with others in similar roles.

England & Wales Workstream
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DfE Consultation: Early Years National Funding Formula

The DfE is consulting (until 22 September 2016) on funding arrangements for the new entitlement to free childcare for children aged 3 and 4-years old of eligible working parents. A new fair national funding system will be introduced for all childcare provision as a consequence. This CSN Briefing looks at the consultation.

England & Wales Briefing
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Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on the Digital Economy

The (former) Business, Innovation and Skills Committee published a report on the digital economy covering current government support for the digital economy, and issues such as the rise of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies, regulation and consumer protection, intellectual property, digital skills and the implications of Brexit for the UK’s digital industry.

England & Wales Briefing

CTSI: Workforce Survey 2016

The Chartered Trading Standard’s Institute’s workforce survey 2016 provides the most concise and up to date information available on the state of local authority trading standards services operating across England, Scotland and Wales. The final report provides factual information on trading standards budgets, staffing levels, specialist skills and structure within the local authority framework, alongside…

England & Wales Blog Post Blog
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Ofsted survey: Unknown children – destined for disadvantage?

Ofsted has surveyed local authorities and early years providers including schools and independent childcare settings about tackling the issues facing disadvantaged families and their young children. Key findings for LAs include the need to do more to increase take up of the offer of funded early education by disadvantaged two-year-olds (and the number of places…

England & Wales Briefing
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Carrots, sticks and sermons: Public Service Reform (PSR)

What is PSR? PSR is a promiscuous term, used loosely in different contexts to refer to a variety of objectives, initiatives and policies. In Scotland, it has been used to describe inter alia the establishment of a national police force and national fire and rescue service, integrating health and social care, developing approaches to community…

Scotland Briefing