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National Department for Education Consultation

Social Workers

The DfE are inviting views on:
 *  a future career pathway for child and family social workers
 *  the place of a national assessment and accreditation system in that pathway
The national assessment and accreditation system will introduce a new practice-focused methodology to establish the knowledge and skills that child and family social workers need for statutory child and family social work.
Social work: national assessment and accreditation system 20/12/2016 14/03/2017 28/02/2017
National LGiU Briefing Social Workers The DfE is consulting on how to deliver a National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers as part of the Government’s wider reforms of children’s social care. The aim is to provide greater public assurance that social workers and their leaders have the knowledge and skills to support effective practice. The consultation document, Confidence in practice: child and family social work assessment and accreditation system, can be found on the DfE’s consultation website. The website links to a KPMG-led consortium proof of concept report on the proposed assessment and accreditation system. Consultation closes on 14 March 2017.
This briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers with responsibility for children’s social care services in addition to practitioners and leaders across the social care sector.
DfE consultation: Social work: national assessment and accreditation system 28/02/2017
National LGiU Briefing Youth Services Against the backdrop of reduced public expenditure on youth and play services, and growing demand pressures in children’s and adult social care services, local authorities across the UK are increasingly turning to new service delivery models to fulfil their statutory duty to secure access to sufficient educational and recreational leisure-time activities for 13 to 19-year-olds (and young people up to 24 with learning disabilities) and to support young people’s personal and social development.
This briefing is part of a collection of briefings on youth services observing some of the emerging models for service delivery including:
 *  Young People’s Foundations in London and commissioning partnerships with the voluntary and community sector (this briefing);
 *  Public service mutuals delivering youth services (forthcoming);
 *  Integrated youth services with social care and emotional wellbeing services (forthcoming).
Youth services and emerging models of delivery: Young People’s Foundations 28/02/2017
National LGiU Briefing Reorganisation There have been a number of recent proposals, especially from County Councils, to progress unitary status. High profile submissions include Buckinghamshire and Dorset – but most County Councils appear to be actively considering structural reform. A number of District Councils have either responded to this with counter-proposals or are also formulating unitary or merger options in their own right.
There are a mix of reasons for this flurry of activity. These include scepticism about future returns from devolution (especially in areas unprepared to adopt a Mayoral Combined Authority [MCA] model); as a response to severe health and social care challenges; and to strengthen financial viability and resilience.
This briefing will be of particular interest to Members and Officers leading on governance and local growth policies. Structural reform issues in England may have some read across to Scotland and Wales. This is signposted at a high level.
Is local authority reorganisation a local growth alternative to devolution? 28/02/2017
National LGiU Briefing Local Authority Finance The LGiU and MJ jointly conducted the 2017 State of Local Government Finance survey from 5 January – 26 January 2017 and received 163 responses. Responses were collected from Chief Executives, Council Leaders, Directors of Finance and Cabinet Members for Finance across 131 Councils in England and Wales. The LGiU and MJ have jointly conducted the State of Local Government Finance survey since 2012. LGiU’s 2017 State of Local Government Finance Survey 28/02/2017
National LGiU Briefing Apprenticeships This briefing covers two DfE publications: the drafts of the Strategic Guidance and the Operational Plan for the Institute for Apprenticeships. The publications outline in more detail how the Institute will operate in practice.
The strategic guidance is a draft of what will become a document published annually by the DfE, setting out the policy parameters within which the Institute will operate. Together with the operational plan, they will provide information on the Institute’s work of developing and approving standards and assessment plans, and on how it will work with a range of other organisations, including the Skills Funding Agency, Ofsted and Ofqual.
This briefing will be on interest to members and officers with responsibility for education, skills and economic development.
Institute for Apprenticeships: Draft Strategic Guidance and Draft Operational Plan 28/02/2017
National Cabinet Office Funding Life Chances Fund The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80 million fund which forms part of the Prime Minister’s Life Chances Strategy and is intended to run up to March 2025.
The Government has committed the £80 million in funding to contribute to outcome payments for payments by results (PbR) contracts which involve socially minded investors - ie towards Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These contracts must be locally commissioned and aim to tackle complex social problems.
Life Chances Fund 04/01/2017 31/03/2017 24/02/2017
National Department for Culture / Media & Sport Funding Cultural Protection The Cultural Protection Fund has been established by the UK Government, which has dedicated £30 million in overseas development assistance funding between 2016 and 2020 to support cultural heritage in conflict-affected countries. The overarching objective of the Fund is to protect cultural heritage, creating opportunities for social and economic development through building capacity to foster, safeguard and promote cultural heritage overseas.
The Fund will support efforts to keep cultural heritage sites and objects safe, as well as supporting the recording, conservation and restoration of cultural heritage. It will also provide opportunities to local communities for training and education, enabling and empowering them in the long term to value, care for and benefit from their cultural heritage.
Cultural Protection Fund 2016-2020 31/01/2017 31/03/2017 24/02/2017
National Sport England Funding Community Asset The new Community Asset Fund is a change from the way that Sport England has previously invested in facilities for sports and physical activity based upon their new strategy ‘Towards and Active Nation’. Sport England's new approach is to deliver the following five outcomes: physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, individual development, social and community development and economic development.
The Community Asset Fund is provided and administered by Sport England as part of their continued investment in local infrastructure which gives people the opportunity to get active.
Community Asset Fund 31/01/2017 24/02/2017
National Football Foundation Funding Football The Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme is delivered by the Football Foundation with funding provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government.
Funding is available for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:
• Support the growth of football clubs and activity.
• Prevent a decline in football participation.
• Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.
Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme 31/01/2017 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Housing This consultation seeks views on planning measures to support an increase in Build to Rent schemes across England. This includes changing the National Planning Policy Framework policy to support and to increase the number of new Build to Rent homes, and the provision of Affordable Private Rent homes as the main form of affordable housing provision on Build to Rent schemes.
The consultation seeks to promote the availability of longer tenancies (of 3 years or more) in Build to Rent accommodation, to those tenants who want one.
Planning and affordable housing for Build to Rent - a consultation paper 07/02/2017 01/05/2017 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Housing As part of the housing white paper, we are also consulting on changes to planning policy and legislation in relation to planning for housing, sustainable development and the environment.
We are keen to hear from a wide range of interested parties from across the public and private sectors, as well as from the general public.

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Fixing our broken housing market
Fixing our broken housing market: consultation 07/02/2017 02/05/2017 24/02/2017
Local Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Right to Buy Local housing authorities are required to pay HM Treasury a share of the receipts arising from the sales of their homes made under Right to Buy. The formula for calculating this expires on 31 March this year.
This technical consultation proposes that receipts paid to HM Treasury for a further 4 years are calculated essentially on the same principles as previous years.
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National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Embargos & Boycotts The DCLG are consulting on proposals to update the revised best value statutory guidance to include guidance on the subject of procurement boycotts to make it clear that authorities should not implement or pursue boycotts other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the government. Revised best value statutory guidance - consultation 13/02/2017 27/03/2017 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Business Rates In October 2015, the government committed that, by the end of the Parliament, local government should retain all taxes raised locally, including 100% of locally collected business rates. This amounts to a significant reform of the local government finance system.
This consultation is part of a process of ongoing engagement and collaboration with interested parties on the design of reforms. It seeks views on some of the detailed aspects of the design of the reformed system.
100% business rates retention: further consultation on the design of the reformed system 15/02/2017 03/05/2017 24/02/2017
National Department for Education Policy Document Children This paper sets out the government’s reform programme for children’s social care in England over the next 5 years.
It builds on a previous policy paper: ‘children’s social care reform: a vision for change’.
The ‘Report for social work assessment and accreditation system: proof of concept’ examines the new assessment and accreditation system for child and family social workers.
Putting children first: delivering our vision for excellent children’s social care 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Housing This white paper sets out government’s plans to boost the supply of new homes in England.
It includes measures to ensure we:
 *  plan for the right homes in the right places
 *  build homes faster
 *  diversify the housing market
 *  help people now

Related Publications to this record

Fixing our broken housing market: consultation
Fixing our broken housing market 24/02/2017
National Home Office Government Policy CSE This report outlines how much progress the government has made to deal with child sexual exploitation since the report ‘Tackling child sexual exploitation’ was published in March 2015.
It outlines:
 *  the main objectives
 *  what progress the government has made to deal with child sexual exploitation
 *  next steps
Tackling child sexual exploitation - progress report 24/02/2017
National Department for Culture / Media & Sport Policy Document Social Guidance From November 2015 to August 2016 government collaborated with the New Economics Foundation to develop resources for commissioners and other public sector leaders to help them embed social action in commissioning.
Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve important problems in their communities. When the public sector works with communities – listening to citizens, growing their capacity to act, and working with them as equals – social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.
These publications provide resources, ideas and case studies on how to embed social action into existing services, develop new programmes and create the conditions for social action.
Enabling social action: guidance 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Council Tax

This policy document sets out the Council Tax referendum principles for local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, and police and crime commissioners for 2017 to 2018.

The Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases (Principles) (England) Report 2017 to 2018 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Local Government Finance This report sets out the aspects of the settlement which will require specific approval by the House of Commons, including the amount and basis of distribution of the revenue support grant in 2017 to 2018. Local Government Finance Report (England) 2017 to 2018 24/02/2017
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit Info Ltr - General General Information Bulletins for all local authority Housing Benefit (HB) staff. HB Bulletin: G1/2017 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Housing Revenue Account As part of the housing revenue account self-financing settlement in 2012, substantial changes were made to the accounting treatment of capital assets. A 5 year transitional period was put in place to help local authorities manage the impact of these changes by allowing them to ‘reverse out’ impairment charges.
This determination contains provisions on how these items should be treated in the housing revenue account after the transitional period ends.
The Item 8 Credit and Item 8 Debit (General) Determination from 1 April 2017 24/02/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Business Rates Info ltr Business Rates information letters are issued by the Depatment for Communities and Local government at regular intervals throughout the year. Business rates information letter (1/2017) 24/02/2017
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit Info Ltr - Subsidy Subsidy circulars are about the money the government pays local authorities to administer Housing Benefit and other financial matters. S1/2017: Assurance of Housing Benefit subsidy claims 2018/19 (England only)

S2/2017: Final New Burdens payment 2016/17 for the Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching Initiative
24/02/2017
National Land Registry Consultation response Land Registry Charges A summary of the responses received to the consultation on Draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.

Related Publications to this record

Consultation on draft Local Land Charges Rules 2017.
Land Registry summary of consultation responses 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Houses in Multiple Occupation This consultation seeks views on the government’s proposed details for:
 *  the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation
 *  the assumptions made in its associated impact assessment
 *  national room sizes
 *  the fit and proper person test
 *  refuse disposal facilities
 *  purpose built student accommodation
Houses in multiple occupation and residential property licensing reforms 18/10/2016 13/12/2016 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Houses in Multiple Occupation The government response to its technical discussion paper on extending the mandatory of licensing of houses in multiple occupation.
This document summarises the responses to the key questions raised in the technical discussion paper (published 6 November 2015) on:
 *  extending the mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation
 *  raising standards in the HMO sector
 *  simplifying the licensing application process
It also describes what will happen next.

Related Publications to this record

Extending mandatory licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and related reforms: a technical discussion document
Extending mandatory licensing of houses in multiple occupation: a government response document 18/10/2016
National Ministry of Justice Government Policy Hate Crime This document sets out the government’s plan of actions to deal with hate crime until May 2020. It applies to England and Wales only.
It outlines actions the government will take to:
 *  prevent and respond to hate crime
 *  increase reporting of hate crime incidents
 *  improve support for victims
 *  build an understanding of hate crime
As part of the hate crime action plan, a £2.4 million funding scheme for places of worship has been launched. This will provide security measures and equipment for vulnerable places of worship that need increased protection.
Action against hate: the UK government’s plan for tackling hate crime 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Rent The Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016, contains provisions which introduce a new rent regime for registered providers of social housing in England. The Act and Regulations give the Secretary of State the power to exempt a local authority fully or partially from their requirements if he considers that the local authority would be unable to avoid serious financial difficulties if it were to comply.
The information contains guidance on the process for obtaining an exemption. There will be an expectation that a local authority should explore thoroughly what it can do to mitigate any financial risk without recourse to an exemption, including looking at all contractual commitments.
Information for local authorities on exemptions from the requirements of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 and related regulations 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Local Growth Fund The accountability system statement for the Local Growth Fund sets out the specific accountability structures and processes through which value for money is assured on this funding programme. Accounting Officer Accountability System Statement for the Local Growth Fund 18/10/2016
National Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Guidance Business Rates The VO7012 form may be used to make an appeal to alter an entry in the rating list. The guidance notes give full advice on how to complete the form. Non-domestic rating: Proposal to alter the 2010 Rating List 18/10/2016
National Department for Business / Energy & Industrial Strategy Guidance European Funds European Structural and Investment Funds Growth programme is funding for projects that create jobs and supports local growth. The funds includes the European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund and part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development helps with improving the environment, improving farming and forestry competitiveness, supports rural businesses to grow and expand, improve knowledge and skills and get started.
European Structural and Investment Funds: useful resources 18/10/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit This bulletin contains information about:
 *  non-HB debt files to be shared using the Data Hub
 *  revised DWP/LA email notification template for benefit cap cases
 *  HB decisions by the Upper Tribunal
 *  Statutory Instruments
HB Bulletin: G10/2016 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Report Troubled Families This report is based on information provided by 67 local authorities on almost 17,000 families who were worked with as part of their local Troubled Families Programmes.
Its purpose is to:
 *  demonstrate the issues facing troubled families in the year before and after intervention on the programme
 *  detail the costs to local authorities of delivering the Troubled Families Programme
 *  demonstrate the sorts of fiscal benefits that may have arisen after these families received support from the programme
Local authority data on the cost and potential fiscal benefits of the Troubled Families Programme 18/10/2016
Local Department for Education Report Childrens Services An independent report by Eleanor Brazil, former Commissioner for Children’s Services in Sandwell, to the Secretary of State for Education.
This report follows an Ofsted report published on 5 June 2015, which judged the overall effectiveness of Sandwell’s children’s social care services as inadequate.
DfE issued a statutory direction to Sandwell metropolitan borough council on 6 October 2016.
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National LGiU Briefing Inclusive Growth The term Inclusive Growth is becoming increasingly popular in developed countries as a means of describing new approaches to local economic development
The OECD has established an Inclusive Growth Framework  and in 2016 launched an Inclusive Growth in Cities Campaign; there is an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Inclusive Growth established in 2014 and chaired by Liam Byrne MP
Where the notion of inclusive growth differs from more traditional poverty reduction strategies is in its recognition that everyone should be empowered or enabled to contribute in the production of resources, rather than merely allowed access to a reasonable share of consumption; investment in human capital, primarily through education and health, is an essential precondition for sustainable growth
The interest in inclusive growth has arisen along with an increasing concern about the consequences of widening inequality and doubts that economic growth does not automatically ‘trickle down’ through all echelons of society
This briefing will be of interest to all members and officers with an interest in economic development and poverty reduction.
What is Inclusive Growth? 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing BIDs (Business Improvement Districts) This paper explains what BIDs are, how they work and how they have developed since the introduction of legislation in 2003 making them possible.
Many BIDs have now been operating across the UK for over a decade and, as such, are demonstrating success, maturity and professionalism.  There are now over 200 BIDs established nationwide, however not all are sufficiently satisfying the needs of the businesses that fund them.
The House of Commons Library issued a briefing paper on Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) on the 12 August 2016.   The Government appear to support the principle of BIDs although they have received little political attention or wider policy support.
In the face of austerity local authorities are again looking at the potential for BIDs to provide support and capacity to those areas where they are increasingly finding it difficult to support with their dwindling baseline of resources.   To focus on BIDs simply as a vehicle for additional resources would be missing something key. What successful BIDs have shown is that the business community within BID areas tend to be more engaged and feel greater ownership of their localities.
Business Improvement Districts 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing Adult Social Care This report by the Kings Fund and the Nuffield Trust considers changes in local authority spending on social care for older people within the context of pressures relating the NHS, finance, the workforce, demand for services and the viability of providers. It also makes radical suggestions for the future. Its methodology involved analysis of national data and case studies with four anonymous local authorities, including interviews with providers, patients, service users and carers, and the NHS.
The report describes how the social care system is struggling to meet the needs of older people. After six years of cuts, 26 per cent fewer people are receiving publicly funded care. The situation is compounded by financial and workforce pressures on the NHS, particularly on general practice, community health services, and intermediate care and reablement.
Social care for older people: Home truths 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing School Performance The DfE has published revised guidance for schools and local authorities on the Progress 8 school performance measure in 2016, 2017 and 2018 (September 2016) which explains how the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 measures will be calculated and used in performance tables and ‘floor standards’ for schools. It includes technical guidance and details of the additional information and support materials which will be published for teachers on ‘Raise online’. Data has now been released to schools for checking prior to the publication of 2016 league tables, and preliminary school Progress 8 figures (based on unchecked data) will be published later in October.
This briefing outlines (a) what the new measures are and how they relate to more earlier previous measures, and (b) some of the issues and implications of these changes for schools, including the possible use of Progress 8 and Attainment 8 data to identify ‘coasting schools’. This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers in local authorities and partner organisations with responsibility for schools and school improvement. It will also be of interest to governors and managers in schools.
Progress 8 school performance measure: Revised DfE Guidance 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing Children in Need The National Audit Office has published a report Children in need of help or protection examining the Department for Education’s progress in improving the system to help and protect children. It concludes that:
‘In 2010, the Department commissioned the Munro review because it considered children’s services were not good enough. Six years later, far too many children’s services are still not Good: quality is generally significantly below par and does not correlate to spending levels, access to help or support is not equal across the country, and interventions to improve failed services have been ad hoc. This represents poor progress. The foundations of a cycle of improvement would involve understanding what works, timely measurement of the quality of protection activity across areas, pointing out poor performance and an effective response that improves services quickly. None of these are yet in place to the extent necessary to improve the services quickly enough.’
The report sets out an account of the demand for help and protection for children; how the system is working in practice; and how the DfE aims to improve it.
The overview the report provides of services for children in need of help or protection means that this briefing will be of interest to all elected members and officers involved in children’s services, but its particular focus will make it especially so to those with a direct engagement in service improvement.

Related Publications to this record

Children in need of help or protection.
NAO – Children in need of help or protection 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing Obesity Overweight and obesity is a global epidemic mirrored nationally in England and Scotland. The UK Government published its Childhood Obesity Plan in August 2016 which announced a sugar levy on soft drinks to fund school sports and healthy breakfast clubs, but was criticised for not going further on tackling junk food advertising.
This briefing looks at the approaches that councils in Scotland and England are taking to tackle obesity and inactivity in their local areas. This briefing will be of interest to councils and their local partners, and particularly to officers and members with responsibilities for health and wellbeing, public health, and sport and physical activity.
Council approaches to reducing obesity in Scotland and England. 18/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing Youth Investment

The Government launched an £80 million fund to support England’s youth sector in September 2016 to give young people in disadvantaged communities the best start in life. See DCMS News Government delivers £80 million boost to help give young people the best start in life. Half the funding – the Youth Investment Fund – will go to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) organisations in 34 disadvantaged communities up until 2020. There will be a bidding process to deliver quality youth projects. This initiative will be jointly funded by the Government and the Big Lottery Fund, each providing £20 million. The first projects are expected to be awarded funding in spring 2017.
A second £40 million has been allocated to provide ongoing support for the Step Up To Serve #iWill youth social action campaign, with the government and the Big Lottery Fund again investing £20m each by the end of 2020.
This briefing will be of interest to lead members and senior officers concerned with youth services and the welfare of young people generally, as well as the wider youth sector.

DCMS – Youth Investment Fund

18/10/2016
National WRAP Guidance Recycling New recycling guidelines have been developed with local authorities, waste management companies and reprocessors to tackle the continued confusion in UK households around what items can and cannot be recycled. The guidelines cover paper, card, mixed paper and card, plastic bottles, mixed plastic packaging, glass containers, metal packaging, cartons and food waste and include:
 *  What items can and cannot be collected for recycling.
 *  Contaminants that are often included.
 *  How the materials should be presented e.g. lids on/off.
 *  Reasons why certain items cannot be accepted or should be presented in a certain way.
The guidelines reflect what, at a national level, industry is aiming to achieve. They have been developed based on existing technology and will be reviewed over time as innovations in sorting and reprocessing are realised.
Recycling guidelines 18/10/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Funding Homelessness The Department for Communities and Local Government is launching a programme of targeted interventions to reduce homelessness, starting with £40 million of funding for local areas. This consists of:
 *  £20 million to establish a network of ambitious Homelessness Prevention Trailblazer areas to develop innovative new approaches to prevent homelessness (Greater Manchester, Newcastle and Southwark have agreed to be early adopters)
 *  a £10 million rough sleeping grant fund to enable local areas to intervene early with rough sleepers before their problems become entrenched
 *  £10 million Social Impact Bond funding to turn around the lives of the most entrenched rough sleepers by getting them into accommodation and addressing their complex needs through personalised support
The closing date for bids is 28 November 2016.
Homelessness Prevention Trailblazers: prospectus 17/10/2016 28/11/2016 18/10/2016
National WREN Funding Waste Recycling Grants for environmental and community-based projects in areas of England and Wales close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites.  Projects must provide, maintain or improve a public park or other public amenity.
The WREN Community Fund replaces the Main Grant Scheme and Small Grant Scheme.
This report details a funding programme which is available through the Landfill Communities Fund, an initiative which allows landfill operators to release tax credits to environmental and community groups.  The scheme broadly aims to benefit local communities in the vicinity of a landfill site.  Interested parties are advised to refer to the introductory report LCF: Landfill Communities Fund, where in-depth information concerning Landfill Tax Regulations can be found.
Waste Recycling Environmental (WREN) - FCC Community Action Fund 12/10/2016 22/02/2017 18/10/2016
National National Audit Office Report Children in Need The Department for Education recognised since 2010 that child protection services are not good enough but its subsequent response has not yet resulted in better outcomes. Spending on children's social work, including on child protection, varies widely across England and is not related to quality. Neither the DfE nor authorities understand why spending varies

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NAO – Children in need of help or protection
Children in need of help or protection. 18/10/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit The HB Direct newsletter provides latest information on policy changes, good practice and initiatives that affect Housing Benefit.
This issue contains information about:
 *  Fraud Referral Capture project
 *  communications with Chief Finance Officers
 *  update to the Housing Benefit Review Good Practice Guide
 *  Pension Credit savings credit uprating
 *  State Retirement Pension Uprating
 *  reminder: DHP mid-year monitoring returns 2016/17
 *  Fraud and Error Reduction Incentive Scheme 2 quarter 1 2016/17 performance headlines
 *  reminder of secondment opportunity: DWP’s Housing Delivery Division
HB Direct October 2016: Issue 171 04/10/2016
National LGiU Briefing Childhood The Good Childhood Report 2016 is the latest report into children and young people’s well-being published by the Children’s Society and produced collaboratively with York University. The report’s main thesis is that whilst more traditional approaches to child well-being often focus on a basket of objective indicators (free school meals, index of multiple deprivation, etc.), the Children’s Society have found that the subjective responses of children and young people provide a far better explanation of well-being and mental health. The report focuses on (i) children’s well-being as they see it themselves, (ii) the relationship between children and young people’s well-being and their mental health, (iii) the link between local neighbourhoods and children’s well-being, and (iv) the alternative factors arising from their research that provide better explanations of well-being for children and young people.
This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers in local authorities and partner organisations with responsibility for child poverty and children’s health, social care, mental health and education services. It will also be of interest to Directors of Public Health and members of Health and Wellbeing Boards.
The Good Childhood Report 2016 – Children’s Society 04/10/2016
National Local Government Association Report Health Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to avoid causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity.
It is now over three years since councils took on responsibility for public health and health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) took on their statutory role. Councils have welcomed their new role. Having secured a safe transition, they are now moving into a phase of transformational change. Success will depend on getting healthy policies embedded in all aspects of what a council and its partners do or, put simply, the extent to which councils become genuine public health councils.
HWBs will play a crucial role in building constructive relationships between departments, the NHS, local government and partners, including the voluntary sector, communities and other bodies.
Health in all policies: a manual for local government 04/10/2016
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance Sexual Behaviour This guideline covers children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour, including those on remand or serving community or custodial sentences. It aims to ensure these problems don’t escalate and possibly lead to them being charged with a sexual offence. It also aims to ensure no-one is unnecessarily referred to specialist services.
‘Young people’ refers mainly to those aged 10 to 18 but also includes people up to 25 with special educational needs or a disability.
This guideline does not discuss people who have experienced sexual abuse. NICE will publish a guideline on child abuse and neglect in September 2017.
NICE Pathway - Harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people 04/10/2016
National Care Quality Commission Report Diabetes Since 1996, the percentage of adults in England with diabetes has doubled. My diabetes, my care looks at people's experiences of diabetes care across England and the support they are given to self-manage their condition.
My diabetes, my care: Community diabetes care review
This review considers how well care services work together to deliver high-quality diabetes care. It also makes a number of recommendations for how health and social care commissioners, providers and professionals should work together to improve diabetes care and prevention.
My diabetes, my care: Community diabetes care review 04/10/2016
National Kings Fund Report Adult Social Care This report, published jointly with the Nuffield Trust, looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England, through a combination of national data and interviews with local authorities, NHS and private providers, Healthwatch and other groups. It considers the impact of cuts in local authority spending on social care providers and on older people, their families and carers. Alongside this work, we were commissioned by the Richmond Group of Charities to interview older people about their experiences of social care.
The picture that emerges is of social care providers under pressure, struggling to retain staff, maintain quality and stay in business; local authorities making unenviable choices about where to make reductions; a complex set of causes of delays in discharging older people from hospital; and the voluntary sector keeping services going even when funding was curtailed.
Social care for older people: home truths 04/10/2016
National Big Lottery Funding Youth The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020, enabling organisations to invest and plan for the future.
It’s a joint programme between the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) targeting six geographical clusters (West Midlands Urban, London East, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol & Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool City Region).
Youth Investment Fund 20/09/2016 11/11/2016 30/09/2016
National Big Lottery Funding Youth The Youth Investment Fund will support voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England. Successful applicants will have funding available up until 2020, enabling organisations to invest and plan for the future.
It’s a joint programme between the Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) targeting six geographical clusters (West Midlands Urban, London East, Tees Valley & Sunderland, Bristol & Somerset, Eastern Counties and Liverpool City Region).
Youth Investment Fund 20/09/2016 11/11/2016 30/09/2016
National Department for Education Consultation Schools The DfE are consulting on proposals to create more good school places. The proposals include:
 *  expecting independent schools to support existing state schools, open new state schools or offer funded places to children whose families can’t afford to pay fees
 *  asking universities to commit to sponsoring or setting up new schools in exchange for the ability to charge higher fees
 *  allowing existing selective schools to expand and new selective schools to open, while making sure they support non-selective schools
 *  allowing new faith free schools to select up to 100% of pupils based on their faith, while making sure they include pupils from different backgrounds

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DfE policy: Schools that work for everyone
Schools that Work for Everyone 12/09/2016 12/12/2016 29/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Local Government Finance Settlement This consultation seeks views on a range of technical issues concerning the 2017 to 2018 local government finance settlement. It will be of particular interest to local authority finance departments.
The consultation has 2 principal sections:
 *  the distribution of central resources
 *  changes to local resources
Local government finance settlement 2017 to 2018: technical consultation 15/09/2016 28/10/2016 29/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Local Government Pension Scheme This document summarises the responses to the consultation and sets out the next steps on implementing the new investment regulations and associated guidance.

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Revoking and replacing the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2009: consultation
Revoking and replacing the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2009: government response 29/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Business Rates Many ratepayers will see only a small change in their rates bill at the revaluation. However, some properties will see a more significant change – both increases and reductions. Transitional arrangements are used to phase in these changes.
The transitional arrangements will support ratepayers by allowing them time to adjust to their new rates bills. Those ratepayers facing increases (who will be in sectors and locations where rateable values have increased more than the average) will see their bill capped each year at a set percentage increase due to the revaluation. Those businesses will be able to plan for their rates future bills.
Business rates revaluation 2017 28/09/2016 26/10/2016 29/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Neighbourhood Planning The memoranda address issues arising under the European Convention on Human Rights and Delegated Powers in relation to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
The compulsory purchase letter contains important information for investors in land which may be suitable for regeneration or redevelopment in the vicinity of new transport infrastructure as a result of measures on compulsory purchase reform in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

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Neighbourhood Planning Update: Autumn 2016.
Neighbourhood Planning Bill: overarching documents 29/09/2016
National Public Health England (PHE) Government Policy Childhood Obesity Public Health England (PHE) will work with the Department of Health, other government departments and a wide range of stakeholders to achieve the aim of halving childhood obesity within the next 10 years. 2 of PHE’s main contributions will be through implementing a sugar reduction programme and reviewing the nutrient profile model which categorises food according to its nutrient value. Childhood obesity plan: PHE’s role in implementation 29/09/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit This guide has been developed to provide good practice to further improve the Housing Benefit review process across all local authorities. It will continue to ensure the provision of timely and accurate HB payments and information. Housing Benefit review: local authority good practice guide 29/09/2016
National Department of Health Funding Housing and Technology Local authorities, working with their local partners, can apply for funds from a capital fund of up to £25 million for housing and technology to help drive sustainable housing solutions for people with learning disability in their area.
Completed bids should be submitted by 5:00pm on 28 October 2016
Housing and technology for people with learning disabilities local authority capital fund. 15/09/2016 28/10/2016 29/09/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit This bulletin contains information about:
 *  implementation of the benefit cap changes
 *  Real Time Information Bulk Data Matching and Optional RTI update
 *  student uprating 2016/17
 *  HB Fraud and Error Good Practice Workshops – summary of syndicate exercises
 *  Pensions Directorate: centralisation of processes
 *  Disability Living Allowance ‘DLA is ending’ leaflet
 *  further LA subsidy workshops
 *  reminder to LAs: Civil Penalties provisions
 *  reminder to report Discretionary Housing Payments mid-year monitoring returns 2016/17
 *  cases with the Upper Tribunal
 *  Statutory Instruments
 *  local authority frequently asked questions – annex A
HB Bulletin: G9/2016 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Pay Gap This briefing is on the government’s consultation on Closing the Public Sector Pay Gap being run by the Government Equalities Office, which is seeking views on the introduction of mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large public sector bodies in England. The consultation closes on 30 September 2016.
The briefing also looks at a recent publication on the gender wage gap published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which examines the wider issue of gender pay inequality, trends over time and possible causes.
The briefing will be of particular interest to elected members and officers with Human Resources, Equalities, Economic Development and Anti-Poverty responsibilities.
Mandatory Gender Pay Gap reporting for the public sector – Government consultation 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Schools The DfE has published a Green Paper, Schools that work for everyone, for consultation until 12 December 2016. It covers proposed changes to independent schools, universities, selective schools and selection, and faith schools – all in the context of expanding the number of good school places available.
This briefing will be of interest to members and officers with responsibility for education, and children’s services in general. It will also be of interest to school governors.

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Schools that Work for Everyone
DfE policy: Schools that work for everyone 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Young People The cross-Government strategy Keep on caring: supporting young people from care to independence sets out a vision for the further reform of support for care leavers based on innovation, system reform, and the embedding of corporate parenting responsibility across society.
The strategy commits the government to: use the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme to rethink transitions to adulthood for young people in the children’s social care system, with a focus on developing new ways to provide care leavers with the personal support networks they need to thrive; piloting ‘Staying Close’ – a variant of Staying Put for those leaving residential care; and testing out alternative models of delivery for leaving care services through the use of Trusts, Mutuals and other arrangements. It gives a clear commitment to test payment-by-results approaches, and commits the government to create the first care leaver-specific Social Impact Bond. It also provides a commitment to support and test approaches that empower care leavers to have a greater say in the design and delivery of services. The document goes on to identify and describe how the state, as a corporate parent, will support care leavers to achieve five key outcomes
Government strategy: Keep On Caring – young people leave care 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Deprivation This briefing summarises recent research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on Overcoming deprivation and disconnection in UK Cities published in August 2016. The research is part of the Foundation’s Cities, Growth and Poverty Programme. Deprivation and disconnection in UK Cities 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Public Parks The Heritage Lottery Fund has recently  published its second State of the UK Public Parks report which shows that many local authorities now face a growing problem of how best to manage and maintain their parks and green spaces in a time of austerity.
Other key findings include that the biggest staff losses are among those with frontline skills such as horticulture and landscape design and there is an increasingly important role for volunteers and local community groups in managing and supporting parks and green spaces.
The report also examines some of the alternative approaches that local authorities are adopting for the management of parks such as the work by Newcastle City Council to develop a social enterprise.
This briefing will be of interest to officers and members across a range of local authority departments, including public health, parks and leisure, planning and community engagement.
State of the UK Public Parks 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Trade Unions This briefing discusses the Trade Union Act 2016, which has made major amendments to the existing law. This briefing will be of interest to those who work within human resources, payroll and for those involved in negotiations with relevant trade unions. The Act marks the first major change in trade union law since 2010, and there are a number of potential unintended consequences identified in this briefing that employers will need to address in their contingency planning in order to minimise any potential risks. There are still however a number of details that will become clear in secondary legislation which will delay finalisation of any such planning. Trade Union Act 2016 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Apprenticeship Funding The government is implementing a levy on employers to fund its new apprenticeship system, and a digital account through which employers can access and manage funds for delivering apprenticeships.
DfE guidance (August 2016, see External Links below) outlines further details on how individual apprenticeships will be funded in the future, the support that will be available from the government, and some of the main rules that will govern what type of training can be funded and how. Registration to the new digital account will be available from January 2017, while the first funds will be collected in April 2017 and available to spend in May 2017.
This briefing summarises the details contained in this latest guidance, and considers to what extent it tackles the concerns of both the public and private sector over the levy. It will be of interest to elected members and officers with an interest in education and economic development.
Apprenticeship Funding: Proposals from May 2017 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Poverty This briefing is on Counting the cost of UK poverty produced by Heriot-Watt and Loughborough Universities (authored by Glen Bramley, Donald Hirsch, Mandy Littlewood and David Watkins) on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF). The report, published on 1 August, estimates the public financial cost of poverty which comes from additional spending on public services when people need more support from the state.
This briefing will be relevant to elected members and officers with responsibility for reducing poverty and generally those with an interest in education, children’s and adults’ social care, police and justice, housing, and voluntary organisations.
Counting the cost of UK poverty: Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Report 29/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Neighbourhood Planning The government is giving more weight to neighbourhood plans and refining the role of local planning authorities through what it calls ‘streamlining’ reforms. New regulations come into force on 1 October. Ministers have launched a consultation on further changes set out in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill published on 7 September.

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Neighbourhood Planning Bill: overarching documents
Neighbourhood Planning Update: Autumn 2016. 29/09/2016
National Local Government Association Report Health Commissioners are vital in the process of making the most of collective resources to improve health outcomes for local citizens. The role of commissioning is no longer about identifying and procuring services for individuals but bringing people together to enable citizens to live a fulfilling and independent life for as long as possible.
This guide has been developed with commissioners from councils and partner organisations, building on existing learning and resources and sharing new and innovative practice developed by those working to improve public health. The guide includes eight case study examples which were chosen to illustrate positive approaches to commissioning being taken across the country to address a wide range of public health challenges.
Commissioning for better health outcomes 29/09/2016
National Local Government Association Report Optical Health As public health authorities, councils across England have responsibility for many public health issues, such as health protection, health promotion and disease prevention. This includes eye health services.
This LGA, Optical Confederation and Local Optical Committee Support Unit (LOCSU) briefing for councillors, senior council officers and commissioners of services, describes the essential role community optics can play in helping to improve eye health specifically, as well as general health and wellbeing.
Improving eye health through community optical practice: a briefing for councils 29/09/2016
National Home Office Funding Radicalisation In support of HM Government’s Prevent Strategy, the aim of this competition is to find innovative ways to prevent vulnerable people from becoming radicalised to support or carry out terrorism.
The Home Office’s Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (OSCT) is investing up to £1.5 million in innovative projects to prevent radicalisation and terrorism. This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition. It will be funded through the Project Innovation Fund for Prevent.
The funding is for innovative projects to prevent vulnerable people from being drawn into terrorism.
Awards of between £10,000 and £100,000 (inclusive of VAT) per project are available.
Projects must focus explicitly on one or more of the objectives in line with the Prevent Strategy
SBRI Funding Competition - Prevent Innovation Fund 30/08/2016 12/10/2016 09/09/2016
National Department of Health Government Policy Obesity This documents sets out the government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations in the Health Select Committee’s report, Childhood obesity – brave and bold action.
The government’s Childhood obesity: a plan for action aims to reduce levels of childhood obesity, improve the health and wellbeing of children, and contribute towards reducing future pressures on the NHS and society.
Government response to the House of Commons Health Select Committee report, 'Childhood obesity – brave and bold action' 09/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Planning Conditions A consultation on measures in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to address the inappropriate use of pre-commencement planning conditions, and to prohibit the use of other types of planning conditions which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Unnecessary and unreasonable planning conditions can prevent development from starting until the local planning authority has approved certain details. To help address the urgent need to tackle the inappropriate use of ‘pre-commencement’ conditions, government is introducing a power in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill to ensure that these conditions can only be used with the agreement of the applicant.
The measure will not change the way conditions can be used to maintain existing protections for important matters such as heritage, the natural environment, green spaces, and the mitigation of flooding.
The government will also introduce a power in the Bill to prohibit specific types of condition which do not meet the tests in the National Planning Policy Framework.
Improving the use of planning conditions 07/09/2016 02/11/2016 08/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Neighbourhood Planning Bill This consultation seeks views on detailed regulations to implement the neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.
We propose that regulations would cover 3 matters:
 *  the detailed procedures for modifying neighbourhood plans and Orders
 *  the examination of a neighbourhood plan proposal where a neighbourhood area has been modified and a neighbourhood plan has already been made in relation to that area
 *  requirement for local planning authorities to review their Statements of Community Involvement at regular intervals
Technical consultation on implementation of neighbourhood planning provisions in the Neighbourhood Planning Bill 07/09/2016 19/10/2016 08/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Compulsory Purchase A summary of responses to the consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system which closed on 15 May 2016. It also provides details of the government’s response and proposed actions.

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Consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system
Consultation on further reform of the compulsory purchase system: government response 08/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Rough Sleeping This guidance is intended to help local authorities, in partnership with other local agencies, to evaluate the extent of rough sleeping in their area by carrying out a count of people sleeping rough or by estimating the number of rough sleepers on a typical night in their locality.
The Department for Communities and Local Government will publish an annual figure based on this information.
The form that local authorities should use to complete the count/estimate is also provided.
Evaluating the extent of rough sleeping: local authority form and guidance 08/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Digital Economy The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee launched an inquiry into the digital economy in September 2015; this report, the result of its inquiry, was published in July 2016
The inquiry addressed current government support for the digital economy, and issues such as the rise of ‘disruptive’ digital technologies, regulation and consumer protection, intellectual property, and digital skills
There has been much government support for the digital economy, including initiatives such as Tech City UK, Tech North, Innovate UK, and through growth hubs led by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
Nonetheless, there has been considerable delay in the production of the Government’s Digital Strategy, and in the Committee’s view there is currently no overall strategy for the support given to the digital economy
The new strategy must also take account of the implications of Brexit for the UK’s digital industry, which would include protecting the rights of British producers with respect to EU intellectual property rules and of EU workers employed in the UK in the UK’s digital sector
This briefing will be of interest to councillors and officers engaged with local economic development, business support, skills, digital inclusion, and consumer protection.
Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on the Digital Economy 08/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Early Years This briefing is on the DfE consultation Early years funding: changes to funding for 3 and 4 year olds. Views are sought on the DfE’s proposals on funding the extension to 30 hours of free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds of working parents and the wider reform of the early years specific grant arrangements for local authorities. Consultation closes on 22 September 2016.
This briefing will be of interest to Members and officers with responsibility for early years provision and childcare as well as those with responsibility for economic development and employment initiatives.

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Early years funding: changes to funding for 3- and 4-year-olds
DfE Consultation: Early Years National Funding Formula 08/09/2016
National National Audit Office Report Public Service Reform In early 2016 the National Audit Office (NAO) undertook research to find out:
 •  how local public service reform is being pursued in eight places in England;
 •  what the enablers and barriers are; and
 •  how the government is supporting reform at a local level.
This document summarises the findings of our work and identifies sources of help that may be useful to local areas and government departments supporting local public service reform.
Reform is one of the ways local public services are responding to the challenge of reduced funding and rising demand. By working together, and with service users and citizens, to:
 •  prevent or reduce demand for costly services;
 •  make it easier for people to get access to the support they need; and
 •  redesign services to meet people’s needs in a more integrated and effective way.
Local public services can both improve outcomes and save money. But we found that more action is needed at a national and local level to encourage this sort of reform and overcome the barriers to success.
Local public service reform: NAO insight report and resource guide 08/09/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Planning Summary of responses and the government response to the neighbourhood planning chapter of the technical consultation on planning.
Chapter 5 of the consultation put forward proposals to make it even easier for residents and business to come together to produce a neighbourhood plan or a neighbourhood development order.
The proposed reforms are part of a wider set of planned improvements that will help more communities that want to take up the new powers to do so, and ensure individual neighbourhood plans and orders can complete more quickly.

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Technical consultation on implementation of planning changes
Neighbourhood planning: government response to consultation - chapter 5 07/09/2016
National Department for Culture / Media & Sport Consultation Museums The Museums Review will consider how museums and galleries across England can thrive and become even more inclusive. The Review will look at how the sector operates, the challenges it faces and the role of government-sponsored museums.
To help inform this review, DCMS would welcome your feedback on museums through our online calls for evidence:
 *  From museums or sector bodies, and
 *  From individuals, users and potential users of museums
This consultation closes on 31 October 2016.
Review of Museums in England 05/09/2016 31/10/2016 07/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Child Abuse The Home Office, with DfE support, is consulting (until 13 October 2016) on placing a duty on relevant organisations and professionals to report and act on child abuse and neglect and suspected child abuse and neglect.
This briefing will be of interest to elected members and senior officers with responsibility for children’s services. Those with responsibility for adult care services will wish to note that there is a consultation question about extending any new protection to vulnerable adults.

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Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect
DfE consultation: Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect 06/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Business Rates On 5 July 2016, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a consultation “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention”. This briefing is the first of two on the main paper of this consultation, covering the first 27 pages of the document. The consultation runs until Monday 26 September.
The “Briefing in Full” part of this briefing covers the policy context surrounding this consultation, its motivation, development and structure, and the content of the first 27 pages.
The second briefing on the main paper of this consultation, covers roughly the second half of the document, from page 28.
Most of the “Comment” part is in a narrative form, covering (in this order): the Government’s approach to consultation and reform; the need for further fiscal devolution; the “new burdens” principle; what should be funded from business rates; how the system should reflect changes (“evolution” – needs assessments, redistributing growth and revaluations); issues relating to pooling and Combined Authorities.

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Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention
Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Devolution and Evolution

Consultation on 100% Business Rates Retention: Flexibilities and practicalities
06/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Social Work The House of Commons Education Select Committee inquiry and report on social work reform provides a useful overview of government policy and recent developments, and raises a number of significant concerns, which are addressed in the report’s recommendations.
This briefing will be of interest to a broad range of elected members, local authority officers and staff in partner agencies who are responsible for, or work in, children’s social care.
Social work reform – Commons Education Committee 06/09/2016
National LGiU Briefing Public Transport This briefing summarises a recent report from the Campaign for Better Transport on funding and financing public transport infrastructure.
The report explores the funding and financing sources available to local government for public transport infrastructure. It also looks at some of the mechanisms used overseas and considers whether there are other sources that could be used in this country.
The mechanisms covered include tax increment financing, developer funding and municipal bonds. The report includes a number of case studies from both the UK and overseas.
The briefing will be of interest to elected member and officers with transport, planning and finance responsibilities.
Funding and Financing Public Transport Infrastructure 06/09/2016
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance Mental Health This guideline covers the period before, during and after a person is admitted to, and discharged from, a mental health hospital. It aims to help people who use mental health services, and their families and carers, to have a better experience of transition by improving the way it’s planned and carried out. Transition between inpatient mental health settings and community or care home settings 06/09/2016
National Government Policy Document Obesity This document contains the government’s plan for action to significantly reduce childhood obesity by supporting healthier choices. It aims to reduce England’s rate of childhood obesity within the next ten years by encouraging industry to cut the amount of sugar in food and drinks and encouraging primary school children to eat more healthily and stay active. Childhood obesity: a plan for action 24/08/2016
National Local Government Association Guidance Better Care Fund This document provides guidance to partners for local Better Care Fund plans - such as CCGs, local authorities and health and wellbeing boards - on the operational requirements for these plans in 2016-17. The Better Care Fund operating guidance for 2016/17 24/08/2016
National Care Quality Commission Report Older People This report follows the Care Quality Commission's review of integrated care for older people. It looks at how well care for older people is integrated across health and social care, as well as the impact on older people who use services and their families and carers. It finds that some older people are being denied personalised, effective and responsive care due to poor integration across local systems and makes various recommendations to make improvements. Building bridges, breaking barriers 24/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Activity and Health This report provides a comprehensive overview of the policy landscape and sets out a number of recommendations to ensure that both national and local strategies encourage and facilitate joined-up working to help more people become active. The report is particularly aimed at people and providers working in the sector and the opportunities that exist within the current health and care system to get more people active, but it is equally as relevant for local commissioners seeking to shape the market. This policy briefing provides an overview of the report and comments on its response. This briefing will be of interest to councils and their local partners, and particularly to officers and members with responsibilities in sport, leisure, public health and physical activity. Physical Activity and Health: Working Together to get the Nation Moving 24/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Young People The DfE-commissioned Longitudinal study of young people in England: cohort 2, wave 2 (LSYPE2, July 2016) analyses a survey of students undertaken in 2014 when they were in Y10 (14 and 15-year-olds) and makes comparisons with a similar study done in 2005. Both studies form part of a DfE research programme on the attitudes of young people and their parents to the final years of compulsory education, and choices about further education, training, employment and other activities and career paths. DfE research: wellbeing of young people 24/08/2016
National Arts Council Funding Great Place The Great Place Scheme is a £15 million pilot programme set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, each of which has contributed £7.5 million for projects lasting up to three years.
The Great Place Scheme – one of the flagship measures from the Government’s recently-published Culture White Paper – will pilot new approaches that enable cultural, community and civic organisations to work more closely together.
The scheme will invest in 12 places across England, including four rural areas, to achieve the following:
 •  Build on existing strengths within the local arts, culture and heritage sectors in order to maximise their positive cultural, social and economic contribution.
 •  Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and lever resources into the sector to support that.
 •  Develop these partnerships so that the contribution of the sector is recognised in and supported by long term plans and strategies for the area – for instance, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan, or destination management plans.
Great Place Scheme 05/08/2016 06/10/2016 24/08/2016
National Department for Education Consultation Early Years Funding The DfE are consulting on proposals to change the way the government fund free childcare and early years education. The proposals include:
 *  introducing a new early years national funding formula for 3- and 4-year-olds
 *  changing the way local authorities fund the early years providers in their area
 *  making sure that children with special educational needs or disabilities attract the extra funding they need
Early years providers offer free early education and childcare for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders.

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DfE Consultation: Early Years National Funding Formula
Early years funding: changes to funding for 3- and 4-year-olds 11/08/2016 22/09/2016 23/08/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Business Rates The government published a consultation paper on proposals for a reformed business rates appeals system in October 2015. This paper sought views on proposals for a new 3-stage approach to business rates appeals: ‘check, challenge, appeal’.
Enabling primary legislation has been brought forward via the Enterprise Act 2016 and we are now consulting on the draft regulations.

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Check, challenge, appeal: reforming business rates appeals
Check, challenge, appeal: reforming business rates appeals - consultation on statutory implementation 16/08/2016 11/10/2016 23/08/2016
National Government Equalities Office Consultation Pay Gap The Government Equalities Office has been delivering the Government’s manifesto commitment to introduce mandatory gender pay gap reporting for large private and voluntary sector organisations and consulted on draft regulations for the private, voluntary and charity sectors earlier this year.
The Government have previously announced that we would be extending this commitment to the public sector.
The Government are now publishing a consultation - ‘Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Public Sector Employers’ on our proposals.
The consultation will run from 18th August to 30th September.
Mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting – Public Sector Employers 18/08/2016 30/09/2016 23/08/2016
 
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