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Train, HS2, travel, transport

High Speed Rail update Winter 2016-17

January 23, 2017

This briefing reports on key developments since the last briefing in July 2016, including information on a report by the PAC; progress of the Hybrid Bill for Phase One of HS2; the latest plans for Phase Two; and developments on high speed rail for the North of England and Scotland.

cup of tea

Weekly Policy Summary: 20th January

January 20, 2017

The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next fortnight. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as other events and DCLG activity.

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The Casey Review

January 19, 2017

The response to Louise Casey’s review into opportunity and integration in deprived and isolated communities was mixed. We summarise its key findings and consider the issues raised and critiques of the report.

child protection, exploitation

Child Protection: HMIC inspection of Metropolitan Police Service

January 19, 2017

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) inspects child protection services in individual police forces. This briefing is on the Metropolitan Police Service which, found that none of the borough or specialist teams were doing a good enough job, and that almost three-quarters of examined case files were found to require…

Building Communities

Parish and Town Councils

January 17, 2017

How can town and parish councils improve local accountability and deliver effective devolved services? We look here at the legislation affecting them and how there are many examples of innovative practice around service devolution and development. The governance and financial pressures parish and town councils can experience are also considered.

pile of money, finance, coins, notes

Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities: Capital Spending and Resourcing

January 16, 2017

This National Audit Office’s (NAO) analysis of local authority capital spending and resourcing, along with a follow up report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, (November 2016) fill important information gaps in the changing nature of local authority capital resourcing and spending.

cup of tea

Weekly Policy Summary: 13th January

January 13, 2017

LGiU News As we look ahead to the expected government white paper on housing next week, new research from LGiU and the National Trust shows that councillors are worried that local democracy is being undermined. We received coverage from The Times, Public Finance, Daily Mail and Inside Housing. Janet Sillett…

Colouring pencils, education, school

Youth services policy round-up

January 13, 2017

A number of inititiaves for young people outside of school education are being encouraged and developed by the Government. This briefing looks at the proposed youth strategy, the progress of the National Citizen Service Bill, funding and Council strategies for securing youth services.


Top five challenges for the local government workforce

January 12, 2017

What are the key workforce challenges for local government and how can they be met? This briefing summarises research from the University of Birmingham and draws insights from our interviews with chief executives and directors on the major challenges and the broader context in which they are working.

education, classroom,

Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2016

January 12, 2017

The latest biennial Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) was published in December 2016 with much public debate about the overall ranking of participating countries. There is though much more in the accompanying analyses, and this CSN Briefing looks at what else we can learn about the performance of UK…

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