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On Your Radar May 2012

On Your Radar 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. This edition highlights: Upcoming briefings The Queen’s Speech Police and Crime Commissioners

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Reinventing our Town Centres: Agendas for 2012-15

This briefing provides an update on Government’s response to the Portas Review into the future of our high streets. It then outlines strategies and programmes local authorities and town partnerships may progress to improve the performance of town centres. The briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers involved in all aspects…

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Community Right to Challenge

This briefing covers Implementation of the Community Right to Challenge Provides a perspective on the right and indicates some key questions for authorities to consider It will be useful to elected members and officers with responsibilities for direct services and for community relations and consultation in English authorities

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Health and Wellbeing Boards: system leaders or talking shops?

The briefing below can also be downloaded as a PDF Health and Wellbeing Boards – system leaders or talking shops? Summary This policy briefing summarises and comments on a Kings Fund survey of health and wellbeing boards which presents findings on issues such as: membership leadership and expectations. The Kings Fund also identifies key themes and…

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Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report

• Apprenticeships for Young People: An OFSTED Good Practice Report is an evaluation of what works well in Apprenticeship Programmes, It is based on an in-depth study by inspectors of a representative sample of 15 providers rated good or outstanding • Teaching and assessing to exacting standards, good quality regular review processes, high levels of…

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Adoption scorecards

The DfE has published controversial new ‘adoption scorecards’, highlighting three indicators of how quickly each local authority places children in need of adoption. They are described as ‘a key plank in the Government’s tougher approach to addressing underperformance in the adoption system’, and the Children’s Minister has said “we won’t hesitate to intervene where the…

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Gypsies and Travellers: two new government reports

The government has published two key documents: its final planning policy for traveller sites the first progress report on the ministerial group on tackling inequalities experienced by Gypsies and Travellers. This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers across the council and partner organisations who are involved with gypsy and traveller communities, including…

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SOLACE Filling the gap: the Championing Role of English Councils in Education

SOLACE (the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives) has published a ‘call to action’ for English councils to ensure that, collectively, they (i) continue to demonstrate their commitment to keeping councils central to the pursuit of educational excellence to secure the best outcome for communities and (ii) visibly lead and actively shape the policy and…

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The future of mayoral governance and implications for city leadership

In the aftermath of local elections and mayoral referendums on May 2012, there is a need to take stock of future prospects for mayoral governance in English Local Authorities, and also of the related implications of concurrent developments for city leadership. This briefing: gives a brief summary of the history of directly elected mayors in…

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Queen’s Speech 2012

'- The Queen’s Speech on 9th May will outline the Government’s legislative programme for the 2012/13 Parliamentary session. - This briefing gathers together intelligence on the measures that might be subject to Bills and draft legislation in the next session. - This briefing will be of interest to all executive members, cabinet portfolio members and…

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