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Involving communities in difficult decisions

April 1, 2015

This briefing explores why and how local people can be involved in determining even difficult decisions, and explores the wide variety of techniques available.


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Policing and criminal justice: pre-general election special

March 31, 2015

On police and criminal justice, the key difference between the parties is the future of PCCs. There is more consensus around other issues like preventing extremism. But whoever wins the GE, austerity and devolution could mean that reform and restructuring of police and criminal justice are still on the agenda.


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Transport: pre-general election special

March 30, 2015

Transport rarely features in its own right as one of the headline policy topics to be addressed in the party manifestos and yet it plays a key role in many of the areas the parties are prioritising including economic growth, the cost of living, sustainability and health and well-being.


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Weekly Policy Summary, 27 March 2015

March 27, 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 local government people moves, other events and DCLG activity.


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Planning: pre-general election special

March 27, 2015

After significant reforms to the planning system, the Coalition says ‘the planning system is delivering and land supply is coming forward’. But is it delivering places as well as houses? Planning must focus on more than just housing need, and stakeholders are keen to get this onto the election agenda.


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Budget 2015: Analysis

March 25, 2015

This is the detailed analysis of the Budget, following the briefing published on budget day. It focuses on the economy, deficit reduction, growth, and devolution, planning, housing and local government. It will be of particular interest to members and officers working in finance, housing, planning, the economy and corporate strategy.


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Life lessons: PSHE and SRE in schools – Commons Education Committee

March 25, 2015

The House of Commons Education Committee has reported on Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) . The key recommendation is that these subjects should be compulsory in schools. This briefing looks at the report and other recent publications on the subject.


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Leadership and governance of local growth – pre-general election round up

March 24, 2015

With all major parties professing devolution of local growth leadership and funding post-election, there are major opportunities for local authorities to build a case for enhanced devolution. This briefing considers what the major parties are saying, and some of the issues any local case should address.


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Weekly Policy Summary, 20 March

March 20, 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 local government people moves, other events and DCLG activity.


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