This report graphically illustrates how intimidation and fear of intimidation are impacting on the electoral process. Information the Committee has received from councillors and the public has led to its decision to issue a call for evidence on ethical standards in local government.
Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement to Parliament, the first of his pared-down spring updates since he announced that the Autumn Budget would be the main annual fiscal event.
There are 50,000 children in England in foster care at any point in time. Foster carers are selected by local government which assesses the children and funds the places. DfE has published a review of foster care. Proposals include: giving a greater voice in decision-making to the foster child; allowing foster carers to act more like parents; and improvements to the planning and commissioning of foster places.
This update focuses on the latest brexit news, legislation, the position in Scotland, the economy and regional impact, and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s inquiry into brexit and local government. It ends with commentary on key issues around devolution of laws and powers.
DfE and DHSC are consulting on the framework for regulating all social workers in England under the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (close of consultation 21 March). Issues covered are entry, professional development and fitness to practice and oversight of the profession.
The What Works Centres have pioneered new ways of compiling evidence in areas such as education, local growth and social care. A government report presents key findings from the Network and gives examples of the impact that the Centres have had on public services over the last five years.
The Place2Be published a study on the provision of mental health services to children and adolescents during the February 2018 Children’s Mental Health Week and found that school capacity and confidence to commission mental health and counselling services are perceived by those working in the field (both schools and psychotherapy services) as almost as big a barrier to further development as funding. This briefing looks at the research and other studies.
The charity sector receives funding directly from the EU and indirectly from the European structural funds. Lack of clarity over how funding gaps could be filled is of concern to charities and to local government. Increased demand on services, a weakened pound and staff recruitment issues add to current uncertainty.
What is the future of LEPs following the Ney Review and the Industrial White Paper, and how can local authority partners influence the delivery of the industrial strategy white paper’s proposals on local leadership and LEP reform?
The Schools Adjudicator service allows individuals and local authorities to refer questions over the fairness and reasonableness of school admission arrangements for independent scrutiny. This briefing looks at the just published annual report, covering the whole range of the Chief Adjudicator's work including appeals against an LA direction to a maintained schools to admit a pupil.