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LGiU briefings can be accessed by elected members and officers in LGiU member authorities – and those on free trials. Check if your authority is a member or on a free trial. Briefings can also be downloaded at a cost to non-members.

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Weekly Policy Summary, 31 October 2014

October 31, 2014

You can also view this briefing as a pdf. The Burstow Commission on the Homecare Workforce will be launched on 2 December. Find out more here. The commission will make recommendations that focus on improving working lives for those on …

NHS Five year forward view

October 30, 2014

This report by NHS England, with the other national NHS organisations, sets out a vision for the NHS. It indicates that there is a broad consensus about what the NHS should look like, and describes proposals for change over the next five years within the overarching headings of:
• a new relationship with patients and communities
• new models of care.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in councils with social care and public health responsibilities, and also to all councillors with an interest in the future of the NHS.

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): implications for local government

October 29, 2014

This briefing updates readers on the progress of the negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and comments on its possible implications for local government, which could be significant.

This briefing will be of interest to all local authorities and to members and officers working in policy, social care, health, procurement, commissioning, environmental health and regulatory activities, and to trade unions and the voluntary and community sector.

GCSE and A-level update and consultation

October 29, 2014

This briefing is based on the next stage of GCSE and A-level reform. Parallel consultations are being conducted by the DfE on the content of a number of GCSE and A-level subjects, and by Ofqual on their assessment arrangements.

This briefing will be of interest to teachers, school leaders, governors, local authority officers and members and parents involved in schools in all phases across the system, and also those working nationally in exams, qualifications and assessment policy development and research.

The social and economic impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot

October 28, 2014

The Social and Economic Impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot is part of a wider GP-led Integrated Case Management Pilot. It finds that Social Prescribing reduces use of hospital resources by patients with long-term chronic conditions by one fifth provides a model for future micro-commissioning of community level services across a wide range of public service areas.

Financial health of local government: Audit Commission report

October 28, 2014

The Audit Commission have published a report providing a national overview of the financial health of local government as viewed through changes in a small number of financial ratios.

This briefing will be of particular interest to cabinet portfolio members, overview and scrutiny members and senior officers with responsibilities for corporate finance in all local authorities.

Weekly Policy Summary, 24 October 2014

October 24, 2014

You can also view this briefing as pdf.  The Burstow Commission on the Homecare Workforce will be officially launched on 2 December. Find out more here. The commission will make recommendations that focus on improving working lives for those on …

Whole System Reform – IPPR on England’s School System

October 23, 2014

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published Whole System Reform: England’s Schools and the Middle Tier (September 2014). The report builds upon and contributes to a long running debate regarding the role of local authorities in co-ordinating and leading on the improvement of England’s state schools. The report puts forward a range of recommendations for ensuring strong leadership and accountability in this crucial area of the system.

This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers in local government with responsibility for school improvement, school leaders and policy makers.

Policy Exchange – Primary Focus

October 23, 2014

Policy Exchange has published a report called Primary Focus – The next stage of improvement for primary schools in England. The report suggests that, after a decade of success, the primary sector now faces a ‘perfect storm’ of higher floor standards, a new curriculum, increasing head teacher vacancies, and declining local authority support. Its proposed solution involves the reorganisation of all primary schools into academy chains by 2020 (with the possibility of LA chains, or ‘Learning Trusts’), converting any remaining LA-maintained secondary schools to academies, enabling schools to switch academy chains and expanding the remit of Regional Schools Commissioners.

This briefing summarises and comments on the report.

The future of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund

October 23, 2014

This briefing looks at the implications of the proposed closure of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund and examines options for its continuation.

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