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Lessons from the EU referendum

September 26, 2016

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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Apprenticeship Funding: Proposals from May 2017

September 26, 2016

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.


Trade Union Act 2016

September 21, 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.

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State of the UK Public Parks

September 20, 2016

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.

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Deprivation and disconnection in UK Cities

September 19, 2016

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.

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Government strategy: Keep On Caring – young people leave care

September 19, 2016

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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Weekly Policy Summary – 16th September

September 16, 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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DfE policy: Schools that work for everyone

September 15, 2016

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


Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: needs & redistribution

September 14, 2016

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

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