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Service Transformation Challenge Panel

May 13, 2015

This briefing summarises and comments on two publications: a report on service transformation published by the Service Transformation Challenge Panel in November 2014, and the Government's response to it published in March 2015.

Greg Clark

Bradford, town, UK, regeneration, high street, community, planning

Community Rights: an assessment

February 17, 2015

When they were introduced as part of the Localism Agenda in 2012, Community Rights were promoted as enabling people to take responsibility for services, to become directly involved in development, and to protect the future of assets such as pubs, post offices, and other community assets in their localities.

child protection, exploitation

DCLG inspection of Rotherham MBC (Casey report)

February 12, 2015

This briefing summaries the Department for Communities and Local Government's report of the inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The Secretary of State ordered the inspection, which was led by Louise Casey CB in the wake of the Jay Report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

community budgets, coins, money, finance

Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16: Analysis

February 11, 2015

This briefing analyses the provisional local government finance settlement for 2015/16 and the final settlement. The settlements follow an indicative settlement, published with the local government finance settlement for 2014/15 and technical consultations in both 2013 and 2014.

radar dish

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.

pile of money, finance, coins, notes

NAO – Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014

January 13, 2015

This briefing summarises a National Audit Office report called "Financial sustainability of local authorities 2014", regarding the financial stresses faced by local authorities. The briefing also examines the Department of Communities and Local Government's responses to this data and whether they sufficiently identify how close local authorities are to financial…

Union jack flag

Party conference roundup

October 14, 2014 by Janet Sillett

The devolution question following the Scottish referendum was debated widely at each conference, particularly in the fringes, and the fallout from the Scottish referendum for local areas is still a hot topic among localists and some political commentators.

high street, retail, regeneration, shops

High street performance and evolution: a brief guide to the evidence

August 31, 2014

The Future High Streets Forum, a group of stakeholders and experts convened by Government in 2013 to advise on and champion policies to support high streets and town centres, has commissioned an evidence review on the issues affecting high street performance and competitiveness, carried out by the University of Southampton…

piles of coins, money, finance

NAO report – Assurance to Parliament on local government funding

July 31, 2014

On 25 June, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report “Local government funding: Assurance to Parliament”. The report examines funding granted to local authorities in 2013-14, considering the mechanisms in place to ensure value for money and that it is spent legally and “regularly” (including considering conditions attached to…

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