Policy Briefings

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Age-Friendly Community approaches in the UK and Republic of Ireland

August 7, 2017

With their remit for wellbeing, public health, and community development, councils have a central role to play in promoting age friendly communities. Although not easy at a period of austerity, the case studies here provide lessons as to how this might be done effectively.


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Weekly Policy Summary – 4th August 2017

August 4, 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.


The right to buy

August 3, 2017

It is five years since the right to buy scheme was relaunched by offering larger discounts. This briefing looks at the latest quarterly right to buy statistics published by DCLG and discusses them in the context of the history of what has always been a highly politically charged scheme.


Local Government in Belgium: decentralisation in progress

August 3, 2017

Belgium has undergone considerable changes in its governance arrangements as it has transformed over 40 years from a unitary state to a federal one with significant decentralisation and devolution to regions, language communities, provinces, and local municipalities. This briefing tracks these changes.


Good Work: The Taylor Review of modern working practices

August 2, 2017

The Taylor Review on worker rights and employer responsibilities is a comprehensive examination of the key issues and challenges facing the rapidly changing labour market. Eagerly awaited it received mixed responses. This briefing summarises the report and comments on it.


Technical and Further Education Act 2017

August 2, 2017

The Technical and Further Education Act takes forward the government’s programme of reform of vocational education. It expands the role of the Institute for Apprenticeships to oversee college-based technical education as well as apprenticeships, requires schools to provide information on technical education, establishes an insolvency framework tailored to the further…



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Weekly Policy Summary- 28th July

July 28, 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.


School Improvement: the DfE’s developing Place-Based Approach

July 27, 2017

Central Government support local authority school improvement work will finish on 31 August 2017. This briefing looks at the developing initiatives to replace this provision, including the Strategic School Improvement Grant, and the changing approach of the DfE to the middle tier.


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