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Weekly Policy Summary – 12 February 2016

February 12, 2016

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…

greenspace, public health, walking, older people

Health inequalities and Marmot cities

February 11, 2016

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 Local Welfare Safety Net

February 11, 2016

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.

Boy, child, children's services, education, left behind, isolation, poverty

Returning children from Care: Improving Practice – DfE research

February 11, 2016

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…


Youth service: the Delivering Differently for Young People (DDYP) programme

February 10, 2016

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…

London, telephone box, communications, Whitehall, power, energy

Trends in public sector communications – round up January 2016

February 9, 2016

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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Weekly Policy Summary, 5th February 2016

February 5, 2016

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.


Housing and Planning Bill update

February 4, 2016

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.

Dudley, rural bus services, transport

Bus Reform

February 4, 2016

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.

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