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The introduction of Individual Electoral Registration has begun, and the first steps are being taken to ensure the scheme is in place by the end of 2014, with some important landmarks this summer.
This briefing provides a snapshot of the current position, and revises the outline of what can be expected over the next 2-3 years given in an LGiU briefing in August 2012 (which can be found through the accompanying link).
It will be of interest to all elected members, and officers with corporate community and electoral responsibilities.
‘Whole place community budgets’ have been lauded by the coalition government as a flagship policy to put major principles of localism, ‘customer first’ service integration, public services reform, and deficit reduction into practice. They also tend to be supported enthusiastically by local government in both community leadership and local results delivery roles. This briefing looks at the progress made (or lack of it) on community budgets since the submission of the four whole area pilots business cases in October 2012 – covering the:
- Business cases themselves;
- ‘Scaling up’ and analytic work undertaken by, amongst others, the LGA and NAO;
- Response from the government around the Budget; the launch of the government’s ‘transformation network’; and
- Issues being raised regarding the role of community budgets in the impending Spending Review, due to be announced on June 26 2013.
It then considers the implications of the results to date for local government as a whole, and individually. This briefing will be of interest to senior politicians, officials and our partners across the local government ‘family’, as well as specifically for policy officers involved in community budget and related work streams.
There’s just a week to go until the 2013 local elections. May 2nd 2013 will see elections in all the county councils, plus seven unitary authorities and one Welsh unitary authority. Interest in local elections tends to see them …
Since 2009, LGiU has been analysing the social impact of The Big Lunch. We wanted to understand where Lunches took place, who participated and the difference that this made in communities. What we discovered was profound. Through the simple act of …
A recent report considers three means of enabling users of health and social care services to have greater control of how services are commissioned: pooling personal budgets; drawing on service users’ own choices and insights to inform commisioning; and developing peer support from service-user and staff-led mutual organisations.
Political achievements need not always represent a momentous turn of events. Not every political victory is a landslide election or a transformative legislative development. Sometimes, political progress is far subtler than this; incremental rather instant. The Judges’ Special Award goes …
* This briefing summarises the Rural Statement 2012 which sets out the Government’s agenda for rural England. It has three priorities: growing the rural economy, engaging with rural communities and supporting rural people’s quality of life.
* The Statement highlights Defra’s role, championing rural needs across Government and engaging rural stakeholders. It aims to enable local authorities to deliver services more effectively and, above all, empower communities to identify and address their own local priorities.
* All local councils with rural catchment areas will want to ensure that they have the strategic mechanisms in place to take advantage of the Statement’s broad, mainstreamed approach.
This is a guest post, written by Naomi Hirst, Unltd Ventures This time last year UnLtd launched a pilot programme for early-stage social entrepreneurs called the Big Venture Challenge. We filtered through 638 applications to find 25 of England’s …
It’s November and the weather is miserable. Icy roads, closed schools and uncollected bins tend to dominate local government over the coming months. Residents will rush to council websites seeking to report problems and find information. Increasingly, there is an …
This briefing on Whole Area and Community Budgets:
- describes the genesis of the community budget pilots,
- reviews the progress to date
- considers a number of major themes that are emerging from this work that will have huge significance for the future of local government as we approach the next spending review (expected 2015), almost regardless of the outcome of the specific pilots.
This briefing will be of interest to senior politicians, officials and our partners across the local government ‘family’, as well as specifically for policy officers involved in troubled families, partnership and neighbourhood working/collaborations. It is intended to revisit this issue with an additional briefing when the four whole area pilot business cases are released (expected October 31st), and in the aftermath of any Government response in the Autumn Statement (expected December 6th).