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Family, cycling, commute, active travel, transport, bicycle

Draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy

April 28, 2016

The government has recently published a consultation on its draft cycling and walking investment strategy which sets out its ambition and objectives for cycling and walking, the financial resources available to meet those objectives, how the objectives will be delivered and the governance arrangements.


city at night, transport, road, night time economy

Economic Prosperity Boards

April 28, 2016

Economic Prosperity Boards were introduced by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009. They haven’t been much taken up but do they have the potential to provide a useful structure for partnerships in those cases where combined authorities are less appropriate?


PCC, police, crime

Police and Crime Commissioners pre-election briefing

April 27, 2016

PCCs are now an established part of the criminal justice system. What are the parties saying before the elections next week about PCCs, what has the record been so far, and what of the future?


Financial sustainability cover

Financial Sustainability: new essential guide

April 24, 2016

Local government has been under unprecedented pressure to achieve more with less. Our new essential member guide looks at different approaches councils are using to put services on a sustainable financial footing. It includes case studies and practical guidance.


cup of tea

Weekly Policy Summary – 22nd April 2016

April 22, 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.


Swings, playground, childcare, children, children's services, CSN

Baseline assessment comparability study and DfE response

April 22, 2016

Undertaking systematic nationally prescribed assessments of pupils on entering primary school has been established practice for over 20 years. The challenge has been yo fiind a way of linking these assessments to those when pupils leave primary school in order to measure 'pupil progress'. The DfE has announced that its…


Stormy clouds, sky, sun

What’s happening to air pollution policy?

April 21, 2016

New clean air zones have been created to improve air quality in five cities. What other measures are being proposed and will the UK meet European air pollution reduction targets? This briefing describes new government measures and responses to them.


Regeneration, high street, Wolverhampton, shopping, retail

Update on public health and planning: Spring 2016

April 20, 2016

NHS England has announced the Healthy New Towns proposals it will support as part of its drive to tackle unhealthy environments. Other recent guides highlight local authority efforts to tackle obesity through their planning processes, within a context of a whole system approach that helps to reinforce local plan policy.


Dandelion

Government’s spending with SMEs – NAO Report

April 18, 2016

The National Audit Office’s report, Government’s spending with small and medium sized enterprises, analyses the progress made by central government in increasing its spending with SMEs. Although focusing on central government procurement the implications are relevant to the public sector as a whole.


cup of tea

Weekly Policy Summary – 15th April 2016

April 15, 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.


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