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Health, public health and social care round up: August 2014

September 1, 2014

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the following categories:
◾major developments in August
◾health and social care reform and finance
◾public health
◾health and social care quality and practice.

High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence

August 31, 2014

The Future High Streets Forum, a group of stakeholders and experts convened by Government in 2013 to advise on and champion policies to support high streets and town centres, has commissioned an evidence review on the issues affecting high street performance and competitiveness, carried out by the University of Southampton and co-funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). As part of this a guide to the evidence for policymakers and practitioners has been produced, published in July 2014. This briefing summarises the guide and offers brief commentary on related developments and potential next steps for national town centre policy.

This briefing is relevant to councillors and officers across all areas and all tiers of local government, particularly those involved with planning and economic development.

Weekly Policy Summary – 29th August

August 29, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf.   LGiU is looking for an Events Intern to provide support to our wide-ranging autumn programme of work, including supporting our roundtables, Party Conference fringe events and the rest of our …

Welfare Reform Update: August 2014

August 28, 2014

This briefing is a further update on developments in welfare reform, updating developments in selected aspects to early August 2014. Covered are the latest statistics and analyses on the benefits cap, the social sector size criteria, the Work Capability Assessment, and progress in Personal Independence Payments (PIPs). The DWP has published interim evaluations of the benefits cap and the social sector size criteria, and more data is available from reports published by Real Life Reform and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. There is also an update on Universal Credit implementation, an update from the latest statistical release on the Work Programme, and commentary on the new sanctions regime. There is lengthy section on how local government is involved in the welfare reform programme, notably through the Direct Payments Demonstration Projects and the Universal Credit Implementation Pilots.

By March 2014, just over 1,553,000 claimants had been referred to the Work Programme, of which just over 848,000 are still on the scheme. There has been a rise in the proportion of claimants referred to the programme attracting a job outcome payment and there has been some improvement in performance for ESA claimants. JSA sanctioning activity is currently running at record levels.

This briefing will be of most interest to councillors and members in all types of authority with an interest in social services, welfare, housing, finance, and poverty reduction.

Weekly Policy Summary – 22 August

August 22, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a .pdf. You may have seen links to the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce - we’re looking at how home care workers can be better trained and compensated. We are having …

Do academies make use of their autonomy? – DfE research

August 22, 2014

This briefing is on the DfE research report: Do academies make use of their autonomy? published on 9 July 2014. The report was done by DfE research staff and not externally commissioned. Also published on the same day was the DfE Academies annual report 2012 -2013 and a further DfE commissioned research report: The Evolving education system in England: a ‘temperature check’ (CSN/LGIU Briefing pending)
Linked to the briefing for information are a series of Academy sponsor profile reports which were published on 23 May 2014. These were produced with established academy chains and provide further early evidence of academy progress intended to inform new sponsors of previous examples of success.
This briefing will be of interest to teachers, school leaders, governors and parents involved in academies and across the rest of the maintained sector, local authority officers and members, and those working nationally in policy development and research in related areas.

Dedicated Schools Grant 2015-16 final arrangements and DfE policy intentions

August 21, 2014

The Department for Education (DfE) published (17 July 2014) its plans for school funding in the 2015-16 financial year. This included the plans for Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) funding in 2015-16 – the funding of schools maintained by local authorities – and looked at the longer-term reform of schools funding.
This briefing will be of interest to all those responsible for school funding and education generally.

More planning reforms: technical consultation

August 20, 2014

• On 31 July 2014 the government published the document Technical Consultation on Planning – the deadline for responses is 26 September 2014
• The consultation asks 76 questions on a range of reforms to help facilitate more development and growth by making the planning system quicker and more efficient – the online response form is at
• The consultation includes sections on neighbourhood planning, permitted development, planning conditions, planning applications, environmental impact assessment and nationally significant infrastructure projects
• This briefing will be relevant to elected members, planning managers and officers, and others who interact with the local planning system

Troubled Families update

August 20, 2014

This briefing is an update on the Troubled Families Programme.

The Prime Minister announced an extension to the programme this week, following the publication of research for DCLG which sets out the range and level of problems that families involved in the programme are experiencing. The briefing gives more details of the extended programme and summarises and comments on the research report.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers involved with family policy, health and social care, public health, housing, children’s services, corporate policy, equalities, and finance officers and councillors in executive and scrutiny roles.

Weekly Policy Summary – 15th August

August 15, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a .pdf. LGiU has launched a new project looking at increasing councils’ powers to tackle flooding. Council flooding officers and other key local stakeholders wishing to contribute should email Entries are coming …

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