The briefing reviews the Civic University Commission report seeking to encourage a new generation of more genuinely 'civic universities'. What this means for local authorities, their places and communities is explored and developed.
Sport England’s Local Delivery Pilots are entering the second year of a four year £100 million lottery funded programme to trial innovative projects to build healthier and more active communities as part of the UK’s national strategy for sport Sporting Future. We consider the progress so far.
The news publishing industry has been losing readers and advertising revenue for much of the last decade. This contraction, resulting mainly from technological change and the way people consume news, is not just of concern to the journalists that it employs. It also has major implications for local democracy.
There has been less focus on towns as ‘engines of growth’ for the national economy, yet millions of people live, work, shop and socialise in towns. This briefing provides an overview of research and approaches used by governments to support towns in the UK and Ireland.
Two years after the Government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action was published, three reviews have been published which demonstrate the need for a whole systems approach which involved both schools and local government.
The DCMS Civil Society Strategy brings together the public sector, private businesses, charities and volunteers to tackle social problems and build a fairer society. Commitments include £165m to support community organisations, youth employment, address financial exclusion trial participatory democracy techniques, harness ‘tech for good’, and develop smarter and more flexible commissioning, social finance and public service mutuals. Local authorities are acknowledged as key agents.
The DfE is consulting on draft guidance which will require all schools in England to teach Relationships Education (to primary-aged pupils), Relationships and Sex Education (to secondary-aged pupils) and health education (which includes education about good physical and mental health). Relationships education will include how to stay safe on and offline. The consultation closes on 7 November 2018.
Public Service Mutuals (PSM) offer an innovative model for delivering public services. The briefing is on Public Service Mutuals: State of the Sector 2018 by Social Enterprise UK for the DCMS and reports on enhanced employee participation, bureaucracy reduction and increased innovation in the public services promoted by mutuals.
Culture is Digital highlights the opportunities for collaboration between the cultural and technology sectors and builds on policy commitments in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and enhance the online cultural experience, and in the UK Digital Strategy to increase digital participation.
Twelve Local Delivery Pilot (LDP) areas, described here, will receive an investment of up to £100 million over the next four years to trial innovative projects to build healthier and more active communities as part of the UK’s national strategy Sporting Future.