The 2016 EU referendum, while well run in many respects, proved to be a painful experience, and has called into question the lack of a general framework for conducting future referendums. This briefing summarises two reports on the referendum, from the Electoral Commission and the Electoral Reform Society.
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The Government plans for the new Apprenticeships system for funding (by a levy on larger employers) and accreditation of standards will be in place by May 2017. This briefing looks at the funding plans published in August 2016.
The Trade Union Act 2016 has made major amendments to the existing law. It introduces changes to voting thresholds for pre-strike ballots, including rules for “important public services” which have yet to be defined, and changes to rules around the timing of strikes, picketing rules, and funding of union membership.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities now face a growing problem of how best to manage their parks and green spaces in a time of austerity. The report examines alternative approaches to management of parks.
The poorest areas in cities do not always benefit from periods of growth in the wider region and can remain disconnected from local prosperity. JRF recommends placing a greater premium on inclusive growth and suggests that a ‘social deal’ should be incorporated into city-regional economic growth strategies across the UK.
The Government has renewed its strategy for young people leaving local authority care, now called Keep on Caring. Key developments include a local offer for care leavers and a personal adviser up to the age of 25 for all care leavers.
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The DfE has published a Green paper Schools that work for everyone (for consultation until 12 December 2016), which sets out the Government's ambition to create an education system which extends opportunity to everyone. This is the CSN briefing on the proposals
In July 2016, the government published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is on the second of the two documents in this publication, "Business rates reform: Call for evidence on Needs and Redistribution". The call for evidence runs until Monday 26 September
The government’s consultation on Closing the Public Sector Pay Gap, run by the Government Equalities Office, is seeking views on the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large public sector bodies in England.