This briefing introduces the Government’s new Consumer Empowerment Strategy. It draws local authorities' attention to the implications and opportunities for their strategic, regulatory and service provider roles.
This policy briefing summarises a critical report from the Public Accounts Committee and comments on the latest developments in GP commissioning.
This briefing outlines the proposed planning framework for gypsy and traveller sites and context in which it will operate, and points to issues that require particular care in responding to the consultation which closes on 6 July
A round-up of activity from CLG during the Easter recess, with special reference to the Best Value: new draft statutory guidance – Consultation.
The “listening exercise” on NHS reforms will continue until the end of May. This briefing gives details of how to respond and summarises issues of particular interest to local authorities.
The government has announced the allocation of £3.2 million worth of grants to organisations such as the RTPI for them to support communities involvement in local planning. This briefing comments on the announcement.
The Commission on funding of care has published a summary of responses. They give a clear indication of opinion on key issues, such as free care versus a partnership model. This briefing comments on the main areas of contention and consensus.
The new research report 'Independent Ageing' analyses the relationship between councils and people who fund their own social care and recommends action for councils to improve advice and information to them.
In time for last week’s World Autism Day, the Government published new tools to monitor progress on the implementation of the Adult Autism Strategy for England and the statutory guidance on autism services. This briefing provides an overview.
NHS Modernisation – update on concerns and latest developments in pathfinder commissioning consortia
This policy briefing provides the latest information on opposition to elements of the Health and Social Care Bill, and on the implementation of pathfinder GP consortia.