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14-19 Education: A new Baccalaureate – Edge Foundation

October 27, 2016

The future shape of 14-19 education continues to be publicly debated especially as the Government's the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures affect the school curriculum, and the needs of the post-Brexit economy are examined. The Edge Foundation has published a pamphlet by Ken Baker, former Secretary of State for…


Radicalisation: Common Select Committee report and its implications for local government

October 26, 2016

The Prevent programme has always been contentious. A recent report from the Home Affairs Select Committee examines the strategy and recommends a more sophisticated approach to identifying the factors which instigate radicalisation and the measures it takes to tackle this. The role of local authorities is considered in this briefing.

Cogs, what works centres, gears, system

What is Industrial Strategy?

October 24, 2016

Theresa May stated that she wanted to see a “proper industrial strategy to get the whole economy firing”. This briefing provides an overview of what industrial strategy is, together with a brief history of industrial strategy in practice. It concludes with an overview of the possibilities for place-based industrial strategy.

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Weekly Policy Summary: 21st October

October 21, 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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Brexit update October 2016

October 20, 2016

Brexit continues to dominate national and local politics. This Brexit update covers key issues such as parliamentary scrutiny, the economy, the role of local government in the debate, and an analysis of the Brexit vote throughout the UK.

Refugees, Lebanon, Syria, asylum, escape

Immigration policy after Brexit: what next?

October 18, 2016

Although public opinion polling found a large majority endorsing a reduction in immigration, a more detailed survey indicates that attitudes are more nuanced. These findings, based on research conducted by ICM, are now presented in a policy report from the think tank British Future.


DCMS – Youth Investment Fund

October 18, 2016

The DCMS has announced a £80 million fund to support England's youth sector in disadvantaged communities, half will go to youth sector projects, and the other half for youth social action. This CSN briefing is on how the funds will be used.

Municipal swimming pool, lido, sports, leisure, community

Council approaches to reducing obesity in Scotland and England.

October 17, 2016

The Government recently published Childhood Obesity Plan which announced a sugar levy on soft drinks to fund school sports and healthy breakfast clubs, but was criticised for not going further on tackling junk food advertising. This briefing looks at the approaches that councils are taking to tackle obesity and inactivity.

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NAO – Children in need of help or protection

October 17, 2016

This briefing can also be viewed as a pdf. nao-children-in-need-of-help-or-protection Summary The National Audit Office has published a report Children in need of help or protection examining the Department for Education’s progress in improving the system to help and protect children. It concludes that: ‘In 2010, the Department commissioned the Munro…

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