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Educating for financial capability

April 23, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

There is a proposal in Budget 2009 (page 98) to include financial capability as a part of the statutory secondary school curriculum. Apart from seeing a role for local government in spreading its considerable expertise, it makes you wish that such a course was available to bankers at RBS, Lloyds etc…

Localise Criminal Justice Now

April 22, 2009 by Glyn Gaskarth

All Party Parliamentary Local Government Group (APPG) Inquiry into Justice in Communities: First Oral Evidence Session: Today, is the first parliamentary oral evidence session for the new APPG inquiry into Justice in Communities. This investigation, coordinated by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), in partnership with London Councils, Northgate Information…

Prevent child misery

April 21, 2009 by Jasmine Ali

The Looked-after Children report published 20 April 09 by the Children, Schools and Families Committee rightly highlights the lack of consensus about the purpose of the care system in supporting vulnerable children, in particular how it might develop as “an integral part of a continuum of effective family support services.”…

Council housing progress

April 21, 2009 by Andy Sawford

Following much lobbying, including by the LGiU, expect to see an announcement in the budget tomorrow of a new fund to support council house building. It will be one part of a package of around £1bn to stimulate the housing market, which will also include extending the stamp duty holiday…

Snoopers Charter reviewed

April 17, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

I see that Jacqui Smith has announced a review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) and that councils will face new restrictions in their use of these surveillance powers. I’d like to think that this is because the Home Secretary was blown away by the powerful arguments in…

The ‘ingredients’ of local democracy?

April 14, 2009 by Laura Wilkes

Communities Secretary Hazel Blears has announced today that empty and boarded up shops should be transformed by making temporary use of them for social enterprises, art displays and learning centres, as a means to prevent ghost towns during the economic downturn. But is this about more than just the turbulent…

Conservative Housing Green Paper

April 7, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Conservative Party have today delivered their long-awaited Housing Green Paper ‘Extending Opportunities”. The Paper pledges to: • Abolish the regional planning system and regional housing targets. • Incentivise new house-building by matching local authorities’ council tax take for each new house built for six years – with special incentives…

Fashion, cycling and sustainable communities

April 6, 2009 by Gemma Bradshaw

Today the tricky problem of getting women to cycle and cycling fashion (note: I use the term fashion here loosely) was pondered in the Guardian. Helen Pidd questions why it is beyond the imagination of designers to come up with garments suited to the demands of the cyclist that didn’t…

Twitter Top 10 in local government

April 3, 2009 by Andy Sawford

The Twitter explosion continues and the local government world is catching on fast.   A month ago I published the first ever Twitter top 10 in local government and it became our top blog post ever within a matter of days.   The top 10 informed local government media reports and comment…

Government and public trust

March 31, 2009 by Jonathan Carr-West

The excellent Democratic Society Blog drew my attention to recently published Eurobarometer research on public trust in government. There’s loads of really (yes really) interesting stuff in it, but it also made me think about the limits of this sort of data. Just under half of people really trust local…

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