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Weekly Policy Summary, 24 July 2015

July 24, 2015

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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Train, HS2, travel, transport

High Speed Rail Update: Summer 2015

July 23, 2015

The HS2 debate continues. Here, we consider key developments and related proposals, the government’s response to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee’s report which examined the economic case for HS2 and to the ‘First Special Report’ by the Select Committee examining the Bill for phase one of HS2


housing

What does the new government mean for planning? Part 2: The Productivity Plan

July 22, 2015

‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’ identifies the planning system as being a key constraint to improving productivity. It focuses on improving the rate of building on brownfield land. Councils that fail to get a local plan adopted or are slow to make planning decisions will be penalised…


finance

Managing the challenges of localised Council Tax Support

July 21, 2015

Research conducted by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation explores Council Tax Support schemes. There were no obvious patterns by political control, demography or location. This briefings will be of interest to members and officers with an interest in welfare reform, poverty reduction, and finance.


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NAO report Care Act first-phase reforms

July 21, 2015

Phase 1 of the Care Act is being effectively implemented according to the NAO, but there is growing financial pressure on councils and the government may have significantly overestimated local government’s ability to cover the costs of the extra demand for assessments and support that will be generated.


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Weekly Policy Summary, 17 July 2015

July 17, 2015

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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red tape, deregulation, regulation

Deregulation Act 2015

July 16, 2015

The Deregulation Act 2015 legislates on a wide range of local government services. This briefing unpacks the Act.


Transport, city, roads

What does the new government mean for planning? Part 1: The Queen’s Speech

July 16, 2015

The government has retained the NPPF, but there are plenty of proposed changes to planning in a range of bills announced in the Queen’s Speech. These include a potentially conflicting mix of localist pledges (‘giving local people more control over planning’) and central interventions (more housing on brownfield land)


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