Jonathan Carr-West brings us some lessons from Rwanda in his MJ column this week. On the LGiU blog Sarah Phillips argues that we are drifting towards “fragmented centralism” in our education system. The latest issue of C’llr magazine is available to read online, featuring public health, public art, and a special…
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What is the state of health inequalities across England? This briefing describes the 'Marmot Council' programme, highlights a case study from Coventry City Council and provides references and a brief summary of sources of information and advice on tackling health inequalities.
The HC Work and Pensions Committee published a report on local welfare schemes which considers how flexibility is working and the impact on claimants. Evaluation of schemes has been inadequate and the report calls for a cross-departmental evaluation of the effectiveness of the welfare safety net in preventing severe hardship.
Reuniting looked after children with their families has assumed greater importance of late. Given that more than half of all children in care are reunited with their families at some point, it plays a significant part in the search for stable and permanent placements for children. The DfE has published…
Many local authorities are reviewing how to secure their youth services in the light of expenditure reductions. This CSN Briefing looks at the Government led Delivering Differently for Young People (DDYP) programme and gives example about how Councils are working with the programme to find innovative ways of providing youth…
Communications in the public sector are having to respond to changing customer expectations and media landscapes. What is the legal and policy context, what are the latest trends and what are the key areas to be looking out for over the next period?
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The Housing and Planning Bill, as amended by the Commons, has completed its Commons Committee stage and has proceeded to the House of Lords. The Bill has been hotly debated. This briefing provides an update and comments on its key provisions.
This briefing provides an overview of documents that DfT published last autumn in connection with a series of workshops on bus reform. The workshops were intended to help shape the forthcoming Buses Bill which will give English local authorities outside London new options for improving bus services in their area.