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Enabling Social Action

May 10, 2017

In February 2017, The Office for Civil Society published six documents which they had commissioned from the New Economics Foundation. These resources are designed to help commissioners and other public sector leaders embed social action in commissioning.

Local Authorities: The catalyst for bottom-up systems change

March 14, 2017

The Collaborate report sets out an argument for investing in inclusive and collaborative systems which involve all the players in a local area and publishes a framework of nine building blocks which can be used to benchmark and improve their existing approach to collaborative working.

Immigration policy after Brexit: what next?

October 18, 2016

Although public opinion polling found a large majority endorsing a reduction in immigration, a more detailed survey indicates that attitudes are more nuanced. These findings, based on research conducted by ICM, are now presented in a policy report from the think tank British Future.

Devolution Deals – Governance and Engagement

May 16, 2016

How are devolution deals negotiated and evaluated and are communities and the voluntary sector involved? The two reports considered here from NAVCA and Locality, and from the Political Studies Association, consider these issues and make recommendations for local and central government to improve negotiation and involvement.

Sport and Health: a review of UKactive’s Steps to solving inactivity.

January 8, 2015

MPs debated physical inactivity for the first time in parliament last month following the launch of UKactive’s ‘Steps to solving inactivity report’. This policy briefing summarises the findings of this report, highlights examples of effective practice and explores the recommendations for local authorities before commenting on the response to the…

Behaviour change: policy in practice briefing

December 1, 2014

This briefing reviews the development of behavioural science and behaviour change in public policy. It highlights the work of the Cabinet Office ‘Nudge Unit’ and the Government’s continued commitment to the approach. The briefing aims to stimulate debate within individual councils and departments around the potential for behavioural science-inspired techniques…

Families facing multiple challenges: NAO report

January 6, 2014

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report (“Programmes to help families facing multiple challenges”) examining the design, implementation and performance of two separate government programmes to help families address a range of challenges; the DCLG’s ‘Troubled Families Programme’ and DWP’s ‘Families with Multiple Problems Programme’. The NAO believe…

Preparing the public for individual electoral registration

August 7, 2013

In recent weeks Electoral Registration Officers have been overwhelmed with regulations, guidance and advice in the lead-up to Individual Voter Registration. This briefing concentrates on preparing the public for the change. It is intended to familiarise elected members, and officers with corporate community and communications responsibilities, with the broad framework.

Connected Localism

June 19, 2013 by Jonathan Carr-West

Connected Localism, a new collection of essays published by LGiU today argues for radical public service transformation through networks of local innovation.

House of Commons debate : Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013

June 19, 2013

* This briefing highlights the key issues affecting local councils raised in the second reading of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill 2013. * The Bill received general support for its overall ambitions. Criticisms focussed on the efficacy of the new generic rather than ‘behaviour-specific’ framework. The details are…

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