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Election Time 2017: issues for local authorities

March 28, 2017

Councils have a unique role to play in promoting participation and ensuring that election campaigns are fairly run. This briefing on the publicity code, good practice, and the impact on ward councillors should be of assistance.


Early Education and Childcare: Cost and Funding – DfE Research

March 28, 2017

DfE has published research on the cost and funding of early years childcare and education to understand better the charges to parents, the cost of the free provision, and cross-subsidisation within each type of early years setting. Charges for older children subsidise younger children is one of many findings.


Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection

March 27, 2017

The CAB report ‘Catching up – improving council tax arrears' identifies why people accrue arrears, how councils deal with them and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears. It suggests ways councils can improve council tax collection by making it more person-centred and more responsive to individual circumstances.


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Weekly Policy Summary – 24th March

March 24, 2017

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.




Households below a Minimum Income Standard

March 21, 2017

This JRF report deals with trends in the numbers of individuals living in households below the Minimum Income Standard (MIS) between 2008-09 and 2014-15. MIS is an alternative way of measuring poverty risk and is based on what the general public think is an acceptable minimum standard of living.


House of Commons DCLG Committee report on Public Parks

March 20, 2017

More than half of the UK population uses parks on a regular basis. The CLG select committee’s report into parks asks why do they matter, what challenges do they face and how can a sustainable future be secured?


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Weekly Policy Summary- 17th March

March 17, 2017

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.


Guide to Crowdfunding for Local Authorities

March 16, 2017

LGiU, in partnership with Spacehive, have released a practical guide designed to help officers and councillors unpick the different types of crowdfunding, their uses within and outside local government, and contains practical tips for those who wish to give crowdfunding a try.


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