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On Your Radar April 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 briefing includes the second part of the new forward planning document. It also highlights: Future briefings CLG since…

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Open Public Services 2012

'- The Government has published an update on the implementation of its White Paper “Open Public Services” which was published last July. - It provides for a comprehensive update across the Coalition Government’s public service reforms as well as advocating new policy developments most notably in promoting greater choice, redress for service users and decentralisation…

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The Future Role of Local Authorities in School Improvement

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has published two related research reports on the role of local authorities in an increasingly autonomous school system. This report considers their evolving role as the ‘Middle Tier’ supporting school improvement; the other (see ‘related briefings’) is focused on schools causing concern, with an emphasis on local…

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Hate crime action plan

In March the Home Office published a cross-departmental plan to tackle hate crime setting out the strategic direction the Government wishes to take to address this issue. This briefing will explore what the Government’s ambitions are when it comes to tackling hate crime, looking in particular at: * The different types of hate crime highlighted…

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Statutory guidance on the role of the DCS and LMCS

The DfE has issued revised statutory guidance on the roles and responsibilities of the Director of Children’s Services (DCS) and the Lead Member for Children’s Services (LMCS). This follows consultation at the end of last year, and the guidance varies from the consultation draft only on points of emphasis.

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The Health and Social Care Act: final stages and comment

This briefing covers the final parliamentary stages of the Health and Social Care Act, looks at key issues from the perspective of local government, such as challenges facing councils and health, and looks ahead. The final stages of the Bill produced few significant changes that directly affect local government but there were amendments that are…

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“Taking forward Community Budgets” Report from the Commons and Local Government Select Committee

'- The Communities and Local Government Select Committee has published its initial report on Community Budgets. - They believe that Community Budgets have the potential to bring significant benefits and transform the manner in which services are managed and provided. However, the Committee believes that it is too early to make firm conclusions. So it…

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Budget 2012

This briefing details the main announcements relevant to local government from the 2012 budget: * It covers everything from new money for local development through to the proposals for Tax Increment Finance 2 (TIF2). *It provides an overview of the government’s tax policy as well as economic and budget forecasts. *It will be relevant for…

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Budget Briefing 2012: Headline announcements

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This briefing sets out areas of specific relevance to local government.

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A Magna Carta for Local Government

The LGA and the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee are working in partnership to lead a debate on the benefits of codifying the relationship between central and local government. The code would guarantee councils' legal and financial independence and autonomy to serve their citizens. The Committee's Chair, Graham Allen MP, has…

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