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LGiU briefings can be accessed by elected members and officers in LGiU member authorities – and those on free trials. Check if your authority is a member or on a free trial. Briefings can also be downloaded at a cost to non-members.

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Weekly Policy Summary, 19 December

December 19, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf. LGiU announces its first ‘county-wide deal.’ All 12 Kent districts, and Kent County, have agreed upon a discount and ‘added-value’ package, making the LGiU engaged at a strategic Kent-wide level. This follows …

Ofsted Annual Report 2013-14

December 18, 2014

This briefing summarises and analyses the ‘The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2013/14′, which was published on 10 December 2014.

This briefing will be of interest to leaders and other elected members with responsibility for education, senior officers, teachers and leaders in schools, sixth form colleges, and further education and skills provision as well as governors, and parents.

Schools Admissions Code – Update

December 17, 2014

The new version of the Schools Admissions Code is likely come into force on 19 December. There have been two changes of substance and a number of minor amendments designed to improve the clarity of the document without altering its intended effect. This briefing summarises the changes.

This briefing will be of interest to lead members and senior officers concerned with school admissions.

Autumn Statement 2014: Analysis

December 17, 2014

On 3 December, Chancellor George Osborne delivered the Coalition’s last Autumn Statement before the next General Election in May 2015. This briefing provides an analysis of the Autumn Statement.

This briefing will be of interest to members and officers in all types of local authority with an interest in corporate and strategic planning, finance, and economic affairs.

Changing to a committee system in a new era

December 16, 2014

This briefing looks at the experience of four councils that have changed to a committee system under the new provisions in the Localism Act 2011. The paper provides a background to the relevant legislation and a commentary on some of the key issues. It briefly considers perceived strengths and weaknesses of the new alternative system and how those councils believe that any weaknesses can be overcome and strengths realised. It looks at how a committee system now is influenced by the changes to local governance over the last two decades.

The briefing will be of specific interest to councillors and officers in councils considering changing to a committee system and to those that have already done so. It also raises general issues that could be of interest to all councils and their partners around governance arrangements, partnerships and engagement.

Weekly Policy Summary, 12 December

December 12, 2014

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf.  ‘Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Homecare Workforce’ generated great discussion.Alan Long of Mears,Clare Pelham of Leonard Cheshire Disability and Paul Burstow, MP provide …

C’llr Magazine December 2014

December 12, 2014

This briefing summarises the contents of December 2014’s issue of C’llr magazine.

The economic case for active travel

December 10, 2014

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a series of reports which set out the latest cost-benefit evidence from studies in investment in walking and cycling. This briefing summarises the reports.

This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers with responsibility for transport, planning, and public health.

Children in Care – NAO report

December 9, 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published ‘Children in Care’, a value for money report examining how well the Department for Education (DfE) is meeting its objective to improve the quality of care and stability of placements for children in care. This briefing summarises the Report.

This briefing will be of particular interest to lead cabinet members for children services, members of the local safeguarding board, and senior officers with responsibilities for children in care.

Weekly Policy Summary, 5 December

December 5, 2014

You can also view this briefing as a .pdf. On Tuesday, LGiU launched ‘Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Homecare Workforce’. The Daily Mail, Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, Times, Mirror, Huffington Post, MJ, Public Finance …

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