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Weekly Policy Summary – 27.11.2015

November 27, 2015

The Weekly Policy Summary is also available as a pdf. Following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review on Wednesday, we produced a briefing for members, which covers all of the key announcements, as well as a press statement. Our analysis was covered in the Independent, Metro, MJ, Public Finance and LGC as…

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The Spending Review and Autumn Statement

November 25, 2015

Today the Chancellor of the Exchequer delivered his second spending review since 2010 and the first under a majority Conservative Government. The statement combines the Spending Review and the Autumn Statement.

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Preventing violent extremism (update)

November 25, 2015

This briefing looks at the Anti-Extremism Strategy and the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill, both published by the UK Government in Autumn 2015 to combat violent crime and terrorism.

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School improvement: effective school partnerships – DfE research review

November 25, 2015

Government initiatives over the last 20 years have encouraged schools to work together in partnership. The DfE has published an independent review of these developments which looks at what has happened and the effectiveness of the partnerships. This CSN briefing is on the DfE review.

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High Speed Rail Update: Autumn 2015

November 24, 2015

This briefing reports on key developments on the HS2 project and related activities, including details of the interim evaluation report for HS1, focusing particularly on the local economic impacts. It also reports on the HS2 Hybrid Bill and developments relating to HS3, the proposed east-west high-speed rail link.

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Weekly Policy Summary, 20th November 2015

November 20, 2015

News Jonathan Carr-West will be on BBC Radio Merseyside throughout the day today, discussing the implications of last night’s vote by Liverpool City Region Councils on their devolution deal. Listen here. #Switchedon: It’s that time of year again, and this year LGiU wants to see to see the best of the…

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Work and Pensions Committee Report: A Reconsideration of Tax Credit Cuts

November 19, 2015

The most contentious issue coming out of the 2015 budget was the proposal to cut tax credits. The DWP Committee report summarised here analyses the impacts on the income of working households, considers options for mitigating the effects, and highlights the difficulty of making structural changes to the proposals.

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Joining the Dots: Have recent reforms worked for those with SEND? – policy research

November 19, 2015

The recent reforms to the system for providing for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities commenced in September 2014. A number of studies dependent of the Government are looking at how the new system is being implemented especially in relation to other the Government's other reforms…

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