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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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Business Continuity, Civil & Organisational Resilience: implications for local authorities

January 27, 2015

This briefing includes data and information that will enable local authorities to address properly Business Continuity Planning and Management and Civil Resilience.

The briefing will be of particular interest to leaders, cabinet members, chief executives and senior management in all types of council and to business continuity and risk management professionals.

Independent Library Report for England : Sieghart Review

January 27, 2015

This briefing summarises the final report of the Sieghart Independent Review of Libraries, which considers the future of public library services; the role of community libraries, and models of delivery.

The Review is directly relevant to members and officers responsible for library services in upper tier and unitary authorities. It will also be of interest to those in district and town councils concerned with community services, access to public services, digital literacy, lifelong learning and skills.

Weekly Policy Summary 23 January 2015

January 23, 2015

You can also view this briefing as a pdf. We have extended the deadline for the 2015 C’llr Achievement Awards nominations! If you know an inspirational councillor, you can now nominate them here until 30 January. There are ten categories …

Action on Air Quality – House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

January 22, 2015

This briefing summarises a House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee’s report on air quality. This is the Committee’s third report on air quality in the space of four years. The report states that air pollution costs 29,000 lives per year and the UK Government in failing to meet EU air quality targets.

This briefing will be of particular interest to elected members and officers in all types of council with responsibility for transport, planning, the environment and public health.

On Your Radar December 2014 – January 2015

January 22, 2015

On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months.

This edition contains:

Upcoming briefings
Government consultations
Select Committee inquiries
Legislation update
Spending cuts, devolution and reform after May 2015

School Adjudicator – 2014 annual report

January 21, 2015

The Office of the Schools Adjudicator annual report September 2013 to August 2014 gives an account of the casework activities of the Office of the Schools Adjudicator (OSA); reports progress on its ‘main findings’ from the previous year and analyses the 152 statutory reports on local authorities’ work during the same period.

This briefing will be of interest to lead members and senior officers concerned with school admissions. Local authorities may wish to use this to discuss admissions with their school governing bodies.

Hidden costs of school life – Children’s Commission Report

January 20, 2015

This briefing summarises the Children’s Society report, ‘At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life.’ The report addresses the Children’s Commission on Poverty’s examination of the hidden costs of school.

This briefing will be of interest to members and senior officers with responsibility for children’s services and early years provision.

Hunger and food poverty: all-party parliamentary group inquiry

January 20, 2015

This briefing summarises the main findings and recommendations from the APPG’s inquiry into hunger and food poverty in the UK. An Evidence Review explores the nature of hunger and food poverty across the UK, the role of food banks and the failure of Britain’s food system to provide universal access to healthy, affordable food.

Both reports will be of direct interest to those members and officers with an existing interest in local food policy as well as those working to support local communities, low income households, poor families and vulnerable adults.

Briefings: best of 2014

January 20, 2015

This briefing highlights ten of our most popular briefings from 2014 – chosen from your nominations, from emails praising a particular briefing, and from the most read ones. This year the hot topics have been the emergence of the debate around devolution in England and new forms of governance, and the complexities of welfare reform.

Weekly Policy Summary, 16 January 2015

January 16, 2015

You can also view this briefing as a pdf. The 2015 C’llr Achievement Awards nominations deadline is approaching! There are ten categories this year, including the CCLA Local Growth Achievement Award. Do you know an inspirational councillor? Nominate them here by 23 January. You can also …

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