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Devolution Deals – Governance and Engagement

May 16, 2016

How are devolution deals negotiated and evaluated and are communities and the voluntary sector involved? The two reports considered here from NAVCA and Locality, and from the Political Studies Association, consider these issues and make recommendations for local and central government to improve negotiation and involvement.

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Sport and Health: a review of UKactive’s Steps to solving inactivity.

January 8, 2015

MPs debated physical inactivity for the first time in parliament last month following the launch of UKactive’s ‘Steps to solving inactivity report’. This policy briefing summarises the findings of this report, highlights examples of effective practice and explores the recommendations for local authorities before commenting on the response to the…

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Behaviour change: policy in practice briefing

December 1, 2014

This briefing reviews the development of behavioural science and behaviour change in public policy. It highlights the work of the Cabinet Office ‘Nudge Unit’ and the Government’s continued commitment to the approach. The briefing aims to stimulate debate within individual councils and departments around the potential for behavioural science-inspired techniques…

Families facing multiple challenges: NAO report

January 6, 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report (“Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges”) examining the design, implementation and performance of two separate government programmes to help families address a range of challenges; the DCLG’s ‘Troubled Families Programme’ and DWP’s ‘Families with Multiple Problems Programme’. The NAO believe…

Preparing the public for individual electoral registration

August 7, 2013

In recent weeks Electoral Registration Officers have been overwhelmed with regulations, guidance and advice in the lead-up to Individual Voter Registration. This briefing concentrates on preparing the public for the change. It is intended to familiarise elected members, and officers with corporate community and communications responsibilities, with the broad framework.

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Connected Localism

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

House of Commons debate : Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013

June 19, 2013

* This briefing highlights the key issues affecting local councils raised in the second reading of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013. * The Bill received general support for its overall ambitions. Criticisms focussed on the efficacy of the new generic rather than ‘behaviour-specific’ framework. The details are…

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Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013

May 30, 2013

* This briefing summarises the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013 which is now before the House of Commons. * The Bill introduces a suite of new powers, rationalising and extending local authorities’ capacity to tackle anti-social behaviour. It also gives victims and local people a greater say in…

Social Justice: transforming lives one year on

May 22, 2013

* The document: Social Justice: transforming lives one year on (available here), is an update to the original document published in 2012. It is in part a progress report and in part a re-iteration of the guiding principles of the Government’s strategy for social justice. *Key to the strategy is…

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