Topic: Welfare and equalities

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

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Serious Crime Bill: Protection of Children

The Serious Crime Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains a number of wide-ranging provisions to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice, serious and organised criminals and gangs. This briefing focuses on Part 5 of the Bill covering three provisions on the protection of children. This briefing will be of interest to cabinet portfolio members…

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The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games: tackling physical inactivity

This briefing reviews the current and future direction of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, from three key publications: the Government’s second annual report on the Olympic legacy, Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic Paralympic Games; Public Health England’s draft framework to tackle physical inactivity, Everybody Active, Every Day; and the Culture, Media and…

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Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2013: specialising in public mental health

The second volume of the annual report of the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has been published. The report has been widely welcomed and in local government has specific relevance for members of health and wellbeing boards, public health professionals, social care and mental health professionals working with both children and young people and…

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A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century: Commission on Residential Care

The Commission on Residential Care describes how ‘residential care’ can shift from being a service that most people dread, to one that helps people live the lives they want. It makes recommendations for national and local government, the NHS and other partners. Core to this is a proposal to separate the elements of ‘care’ and…

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The impact of public spending cuts on women

This briefing brings together evidence from Unison, the Women's Resource Centre, Women's Budget Group and universities to assess the impact of recent government spending cuts on women.

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Report of the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (Barker report)

This briefing summarises and comments on the report of the Barker Commission established by the King’s Fund to look at the future of health and social care in England. The Commission, whose members included a senior officer of the LGA, has made radical recommendations for raising additional funding for public provision for an integrated system…

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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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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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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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