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Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

November 25, 2014

On 30 October, the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance (“the Commission”) published its Interim Report. This briefing summarises its contents and comments on them. The report invites further submissions from interested parties. This briefing also describes reaction to the interim report in the media and from the Government.

This briefing will be particularly relevant to councillors and officers with an interest in local government finance. However, parts of it will also be of interest to anyone working in the policy areas it covers: housing, economic development, welfare, skills and training, troubled families, health and social care and revenue collection.

How Services are Funded: new LGiU Essential Guide

November 25, 2014

This guide will be of interest to anyone wishing to learn about local government finance, particularly revenue expenditure and how it is funded. This will include, but is not limited to, councillors and senior corporate and finance officers. It takes an overview of the local government finance system, but also drills down into particular funding streams and issues, highlighting trends and challenges for the forthcoming years. It is therefore suitable for those who are new to the subject, those who wish to get up to speed on recent changes and current challenges, and those who have a working knowledge of the subject but want to learn more of the detail. It would be useful also for those organisations that work closely with councils in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Weekly Policy Summary 21 November

November 20, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf.  Thanks to all who responded to our 2014 survey, including Leaders, Councillors, Chief Execs, policy officers and delivery staff. We had over 1000 responses – a new record. Over 90% of users …

Carers strategy: second national action plan 2014-16

November 20, 2014

This update to the national carers strategy provides an overview of achievements since the last update in 2010 and sets out key action for the next two years. Major progress in identifying and supporting carers is being brought about by the Care Act and the Children and Families Act. The update encourages local areas to refresh their local carer strategies to ensure all partners are signed up to the latest developments.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in councils with adult social care responsibilities.

Real voices: Coffey report on child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester

November 20, 2014

The inquiry into child sexual exploitation, chaired by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport (and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults) has published its report. Under the title Real Voices, the report prioritises the voices of children and young people . The inquiry examined changes made in safeguarding children from sexual exploitation since the Rochdale grooming case, and explores what more needs to be done.

This briefing will be of use to lead members and officers with responsibility for children’s services and their colleagues in the police, health and voluntary sector, and young people in raising awareness of the issue.

Culture, Media Sport Committee – Work of Arts Council England

November 20, 2014

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee concludes that there is a clear funding imbalance in favour of London; it recommends a mechanism to redistribute Arts Lottery funding to regional areas outside the M25.

Academies and maintained schools: oversight and intervention – NAO Report

November 19, 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published the report, ‘Academies and maintained schools: oversight and intervention’. The NAO concludes that the Department for Education (DfE) has not demonstrated the effectiveness its (and other institutions’) interventions in under-performing schools. The NAO is hence unable to conclude that the oversight system is achieving value for money.

This briefing will be of particular interest to school governors; cabinet portfolio members; overview and scrutiny members; and officers with responsibilities for education and schools.

The future of Armed Forces Community Covenants

November 18, 2014

This briefing looks at the needs of the armed forces community in the UK. It explores measures that local authorities have taken to meet these needs through Armed Forces Community Covenants and outlines government plans for the future of Community Covenants.

On Your Radar October-November 2014

November 18, 2014

‘On Your Radar’ provides regular updates from central government and other key organisations. Updates identify what issues are likely to hit the headlines in the near future and also comment on currently-influential local governments issues.

This edition contains:

– Upcoming briefings
– Government consultations
– Select Committee inquiries
– Legislation update
– Previewing the Autumn Statement

Weekly Policy Summary, 14 November 2014

November 14, 2014

You can also view this briefing as a pdf. LGiU subscribers received the annual LGiU User Survey this week. Please respond by the end of today – we want to hear what you think of us and what you want …

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