Welfare and equalities

Poverty and inequality are financial challenges for local authorities and threaten the cohesion of their communities.

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On Your Radar October 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 covers: Upcoming briefings Party conferences 2012 - main announcements and developments DCLG during the conference recess

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Consultation on revised Sustainable Development Indicators

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is completing the final consultation on a new set of national Sustainable Development Indicators (SDI’s). The consultation ends on 15 October and can be returned via an online survey: http://sd.defra.gov.uk/new-sd-indicators/ * The new set of indicators has been streamlined, with 68 being reduced to 37: 12…

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Making Every Contact Count: A Joint Approach to Preventing Homelessness

* Making Every Contact Count, published by the Ministerial Working Group on Homelessness, puts forward a strategy based on early intervention to tackle the root causes of homelessness. *It contains a number of Government commitments in key areas such as childhood, health, crime, unemployment and immigration. * It also promulgates a list of ten “local…

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On Your Radar August-September 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 catches up with what the LGiU and CLG have been doing over August. Briefings during August CLG…

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High Income Social Tenants – Pay to Stay consultation

This briefing covers two housing consultations; the most recent , the “Pay to Stay” consultation concerns the government’s desire to enable social landlords to charge high earning tenants a market or near market rent. The consultation closing date is 12 September 2012. The second consultation concerns the circumstances under which an offer of private rented…

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Listening to Troubled Families

Louise Casey has published this report “as a starting point” to get a deeper understanding of troubled families to help learn from successful interventions. It calls for a longer term view and is based on Ms Casey’s interviews with families in 16 local authorities, drawn largely from families involved in family intervention projects in 2006.…

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Children and Recession – report from APPG for Children

Summary The All Party Parliamentary Group for Children chose Children and the Recession as its theme for the 2010-2012 extended parliamentary year and reported back on the impact of the recession on children and how services are responding, including discussing examples of green shoots and innovative approaches being taken by service providers. Children and the…

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Local Government Finance Bill – update and supplementary information

This Briefing is an update on the various measures contained within the Local Government Finance Bill. During May, the Department of Communities and Local Government released a series of documents providing supplementary documents containing further detailed information on how the key aspects of the Bill will operate.

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Early Impacts of Work Experience

* Early Impacts of Work Experience is a peer-reviewed assessment of the Government’s Work Experience programme, a programme that received a great deal of criticism at the start of this year. * Its results suggest that Work Experience has been strikingly successful in helping its participants leave benefits and move into employment. * This briefing…

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Punishment and Reform: MoJ consultations

This briefing covers two Ministry of Justice consultations: Punishment and Reform: Effective Community Sentences and Punishment and Reform: Effective Probation Services. The consultations, and this briefing, cover - Intensive community punishments - Restorative justice - Rehabilitation and reform - Competition in and commissioning of probation serves - Offender management - Strengthening local and diverse delivery…

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