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Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham – Alexis Jay report

The report of the Independent Inquiry into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013, conducted by Alexis Jay OBE, was published by Rotherham Borough Council (which commissioned it) on 26 August 2014. The Leader of the Council resigned the same day, taking responsibility on behalf of the Council for the historic failings…

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Where next for independent living?

This briefing summarises discussions at a recent Disability Rights UK conference organised to develop a vision for Independent Living for disabled people in England.

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Open Public Services – Briefing on progress

This briefing takes a look across the Coalition Government’s public services reform programme – Open Public Services – to review progress and developments focusing on local government issues. Many of the original initiatives presented in the 2011 Open Public Services White Paper are now in place. Significant progress has been made in doubling the proportion…

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Can you top Maputo? #townhalliday competition extension

Yes, today was  the deadline for our #townhalliday snaps, but we have decided to extend the deadline given the surge of late interest.  You now have until close of day 19 September to send in your town hall  holiday photo or a glamourous muncipelfie (yes, that’s a selfie taken in front of a town hall…

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Changes to the School Admissions Code – DfE consultation

The DfE is consulting until 29 September on Changes to the school admissions code. Launched on 22 July 2014, the proposals include two changes of substance and a number of minor amendments designed to improve the clarity of the document without altering its intended effect. The significant changes are: • To allow schools to give…

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Home to school travel and transport – DfE guidance update

This briefing is on the Government response to the consultation on the DfE statutory guidance for local authorities on home to school travel and transport (18 July 2014). The consultation was completed on 3 June 2014 and the draft version was the subject of a previous detailed CSN Policy Briefing (See Related Briefings). This briefing…

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On Your Radar August 2014

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks 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. This edition contains: Briefings July and August Government consultations Select Committee inquiries…

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High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence

The Future High Streets Forum, a group of stakeholders and experts convened by Government in 2013 to advise on and champion policies to support high streets and town centres, has commissioned an evidence review on the issues affecting high street performance and competitiveness, carried out by the University of Southampton and co-funded by the Economic…

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Do academies make use of their autonomy? – DfE research

This briefing is on the DfE research report: Do academies make use of their autonomy? published on 9 July 2014. The report was done by DfE research staff and not externally commissioned. Also published on the same day was the DfE Academies annual report 2012 -2013 and a further DfE commissioned research report: The Evolving…

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Dedicated Schools Grant 2015-16 final arrangements and DfE policy intentions

The Department for Education (DfE) published (17 July 2014) its plans for school funding in the 2015-16 financial year. This included the plans for Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) funding in 2015-16 – the funding of schools maintained by local authorities - and looked at the longer-term reform of schools funding. This briefing will be of…

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