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Regional LGiU Briefing West Midlands Mayor As well as local elections in Scotland and English counties, directly-elected mayors will be chosen for the first time to head up six new combined authority city-regions.
The constituent local authorities of the West Midlands Region are Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.
West Midlands Mayoral Election 05/05/2017
National Department for Education Consultation Fostering Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers have been appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to conduct a National fostering stocktake. As a first step, they are seeking views on the current state of foster care in England and how the prospects of children in care might be improved through changes to fostering.
They would like to hear from the following about how to make fostering more effective in meeting the needs of children:
 *  practitioners
 *  academics
 *  foster carers
 *  children in care
 *  children and adults who have left care
National fostering stocktake: call for evidence 21/04/2017 16/06/2017 27/04/2017
National Department of Transport Guidance Roads Guidance on the adoption of roads in England so that they become maintainable at public expense. Highway adoptions: the adoption of roads into the public highway (1980 Highways Act) 27/04/2017
National Department for Education Guidance Free Childcare The guide sets out:
 *  what LAs should do to fulfil their statutory responsibilities
 *  what early years settings should do to fulfil their agreement with the LA
 *  how LAs and early years settings can support parents and children
‘Statutory’ means what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow statutory responsibilities unless you have a very good reason not to.
Early education and childcare: operational guidance 27/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Brownfield Sites Information for local authorities in their implementation of new brownfield registers of land suitable for housing, and permission in principle - a new planning consent route. Brownfield registers and permission in principle: frequently asked questions 27/04/2017
National LGiU Briefing Adult Social Care The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has finished its inquiry into adult social care and produced its final report. It presents a dire picture of the financial state of adult social care and how financial pressures are leading to growing problems with provision. The Committee identified an urgent need for additional funding, set out in more detail in a pre-budget report.
The Committee also made recommendations for improvements to council commissioning, the workforce, health and social care integration and longer term funding. For example, it advises that the government should be more realistic in its expectations about health and social care integration – this could take up to ten years. It also recommends that the CQC should be appointed to oversee councils’ commissioning and procurement functions to ensure that all areas are operating according to good practice.
Communities and Local Government Committee – final report on adult social care 27/04/2017
National Care Quality Commission Report Care Everybody has a right to good care. Much attention is rightly focused on poor care, but it's also important to recognise where care is good and to celebrate the services that are getting it right.
Some care providers do things well through innovative ways of working or by doing the basics well. Others can learn from them and solutions should be shared across the system.
The State of Care report shows there is considerable variety in the quality of care provided in England.
Among the best care we have found is in services that acknowledge there is always room for improvement – they are proactive, seeking feedback on their services and learning from concerns and complaints.
The CQC report includes a collection of short case studies illustrating some of the qualities shown by care providers that are rated good or outstanding overall. It also shares the views of some people responsible for care quality and what they do to drive improvement.
Celebrating good care, championing outstanding care 27/04/2017
National LGiU Report Digital Technology This report investigates for the first time the attitudes and perceptions of local elected representatives towards digital technology, governance and leadership in their authorities.
Start of the Possible found that local councillors are not ‘digital dinosaurs’: whether veteran or first-term; metropolitan or district; leadership or non-executive; they hold strong and positive views about technology, automation and data and how public services can benefit from them.  However, for a small and vociferous cohort, digital exclusion and the fear of the digital divide is a major issue.  While this challenge does not stop change, it may impede progress or the pace of change.
Start of the possible 27/04/2017
National LGiU Report Communities This handbook by the LGIU is a practical resource on how to involve communities in improving the quality of life at local level. It has been written for use by elected members and council officers of local authorities, and will also be useful to other public service providers, parish and town councillors, voluntary organisations and community groups.
Building Strong Communities provides guidelines, advice and a range of approaches to help councils and communities to plan and implement effective community engagement
Building strong communities 27/04/2017
National LGiU Report Local Government Local government has a powerful impact on all our lives. Councils spend £94bn of taxpayers’ money each year, almost a quarter of public spending; they employ over 1.5 million people, 78% of whom are women. The services they provide determine the support we receive from our first years to our dying days; and women are more dependent on those services.
But despite this, women remain underrepresented in all levels of local decision making. With budgets being cut dramatically, councils gaining new powers and the creation of new combined authorities and directly-elected metro mayors, it is vital that women are represented around the decision making table.
With so much real power over women’s lives at stake, the Fawcett Society and the LGiU, funded by the Barrow Cadbury Trust, have partnered to ask: does local government work for women?
This interim report from the Commission outlines key findings from data analysis of women’s representation in councils across England and Wales, carried out by the Centre for Women and Democracy. It also presents the findings of an LGiU survey of 2,304 councillors, carried out between December 2016 and January 2017.
Does local government work for women? 27/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Public Parks The government is consulting on proposals to legislate to put it beyond doubt that local authorities, including parish councils, cannot charge parkrun or junior parkrun for the use of public parks. Running free: consultation on preserving the free use of public parks 12/04/2017 05/07/2017 13/04/2017
National LGiU Briefing Early Years This briefing is on the DfE’s Early Years Workforce Strategy (March 2017) which sets out plans to support the early years sector by removing barriers to attracting, retaining and developing the early years workforce.
The briefing will be interest to local authority officers and members with responsibility for early years provision as well as practitioners across the early years sector including training providers and voluntary organisations. There are specific issues around recruitment, retention and continued professional development (CPD) of the sector’s workforce.
DfE Early Years Workforce Strategy 13/04/2017
National Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Consultation Litter the Government want to know what you think about whether to increase the on-the-spot fines for littering, graffiti and fly-posting in England. We are also proposing new fines for the owners of vehicles from which litter has been thrown. Reducing litter: penalties for environmental offences 10/04/2017 18/06/2017 11/04/2017
National Road Safety Trust Funding Road Safety The Road Safety Trust is an independent charitable trust dedicated to supporting projects and research aimed at making roads across the UK safer for all road users.
The Road Safety Trust aims to support road safety research or practical interventions (focused upon education, engineering or enforcement approaches or a mixture of two or all of these) intended to reduce the numbers of people killed or injured on the UK’s roads.
Road Safety Trust 05/04/2017 26/05/2017 11/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Funding

Neighbourhood Planning

The Department for Communities and Local Development's £22.5 million Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme (2015-2018) aims to support local communities that are drawing up a neighbourhood plan for their area.
This is the last year of the funding programme, and Locality, which is delivering the programme, has announced that applications can be made from now until 31 January 2018. It has also announced that expenditure through a grant must be completed within six months or before 31 March 2018, whichever falls sooner.
Neighbourhood Planning Grants and Support Programme - Final Year 04/04/2017 31/01/2018 11/04/2017
National Department of Health Guidance Social Work This document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives. It explains the critical contribution that social workers make to integrated services; how social work is essential to the whole system; and the necessity of support to ensure integration succeeds in providing the services people need. It also includes top tips for directors of adult social services and for principal social workers to assist in progressing the integration agenda. Social work: essential to integration 11/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Planning Summary of responses and government response to the permission in principle and brownfield registers chapters of the technical consultation on planning changes

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Technical consultation on implementation of planning changes
Consultation outcome: Implementation of planning changes: technical consultation 10/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Private Rented Accommodation The government announced at the 2016 Autumn Statement that it would consult on introducing a ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants, to improve competition in the private rental market and give renters greater clarity and control over what they will pay.
This consultation paper invites views and comments on how the ban on letting agent fees paid by tenants in England should be implemented and enforced.
Banning letting agent fees paid by tenants: a consultation paper 07/04/2017 02/06/2017 10/04/2017
National Department for Education Guidance Apprentices This document explains the purpose of the Institute for Apprenticeships. It provides directions for the institute to consider when carrying out its duties, to ensure quality apprenticeships.
Apprenticeship standards developed by employers are also available.
Institute for Apprenticeships: strategic guidance - 2017 to 2018 10/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Right to Buy This is the government’s response to the Communities and Local Government Select Committee’s report on housing associations and the Right to Buy published on 10 February 2016.

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Housing Associations and the Right to Buy
Government response to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s report into housing associations and the Right to Buy 10/04/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Government Policy Litter This strategy sets out how the Government plan to work with different local groups, local authorities, Highways England and businesses to reduce litter.
We will work to clean up the country, to change attitudes towards littering, and strengthen enforcement powers. This is the first Litter Strategy for England.
Litter Strategy for England 10/04/2017
National Department for Education Guidance Apprentices This statutory guidance applies to most public bodies with 250 or more staff in England.
It outlines how these public bodies should:
 *  aim to meet the public sector apprenticeship target
 *  use the data publication and apprenticeship activity return to report their progress towards meeting the target
Statutory guidance sets out what public bodies must do to comply with the law.
Meeting the public sector apprenticeship target 10/04/2017
National LGiU Briefing Brexit This brexit update focuses on the triggering of article 50, the EU’s initial response and on the publication of the Great Repeal Bill White Paper. The implications for the devolved administrations and UK local government of both the negotiations with the EU and the process for repatriating EU legislation into UK law are profound but, as yet, not at all clear.
The parliamentary website page Brexit: next steps of UK’s withdrawal from the European Union will be a helpful reference point for keeping up to date on the legislative process and the negotiations when they start.
Brexit update March-April 2017 10/04/2017
National LGiU Briefing IR35 This briefing describes the changes to how IR35 are being applied from April 6 2017 in relation to public authorities.  It describes the Government’s rationale for the changes, as well as some of the issues and objections which have been raised by various local government umbrella organisations and sector interest groups. Whilst the change is of relevance to all public authorities, this briefing is written to draw out the key issues for local authorities.
From April 6 2017 it will become the responsibility of the Local Authority, not the worker’s intermediary (for example the worker’s limited company or Personal Service Company (PSC)), to determine whether an engagement is inside or outside of IR35. If an engagement is determined by the Local Authority to be inside IR35 then it will be the responsibility of the Local Authority to deduct PAYE and Employee’s National Insurance Contributions prior to payment.  Recruitment companies, and contractor representative groups estimate that this may lead to a 20-25% income reduction for workers deemed within IR35 that previously operated outside it. They predict that many people who work in this way will either choose to leave the sector or increase the day rates which they charge local authorities.
IR35: Implications for Local Authorities 10/04/2017
National LGiU Briefing Investigatory Powers Act The Investigatory Powers Act 2016, (also known as the ‘Snoopers Charter’ by its critics) , came into force on 30 December 2016. Its purpose is to expand the powers of the UK Intelligence Community in relation to electronic communication, and to reorganise the way it is regulated. A digital copy of the Act can be found here, a pdf version here and the UK Government’s explanatory notes here.
This briefing is on how the legislation is relevant to local government. While it does cover the applicability of the legislation for the police and for fire and rescue authorities, it does not go into detail on those fronts. It will primarily be of interest to those in local government who are involved in work alongside police forces and also anyone in local government who makes use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) or other surveillance legislation.
The Investigatory Powers Act and local government 10/04/2017
National Local Government Association Report Public Satisfaction This report outlines the sixteenth set of results in a series of regular Local Government Association (LGA) public polls on resident satisfaction with local councils, conducted every four months.
With the publication of Are You Being Served 2 – a set of resident satisfaction questions that councils can choose to use in their local surveys and benchmark themselves against other authorities – the LGA has responded to demand from the sector for more intelligence in this area.
Between 2 and 5 February 2017, a representative random sample of 1,007 British adults (aged 18 or over) was polled by telephone.
Polling on resident satisfaction with councils: February 2017 10/04/2017
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance Sexually Transmitted Infections This guideline covers condom distribution schemes. The aim is to reduce the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). In addition, these schemes can provide a good introduction to broader sexual and reproductive health services, especially for younger people, and help prevent unplanned pregnancies. Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes 10/04/2017
Regional West Midlands IEP Briefing West Midlands West Midlands in Context newsletter 15 West Midlands in Context newsletter 15 28/03/2017
National Department for Education Review

Mental Health

Summary of evidence examining the effectiveness of peer support for children and young people and its role in supporting mental health. Children and young people’s mental health: peer support 28/03/2017
National Department for Culture / Media & Sport Guidance Libraries This toolkit, produced by the Libraries Taskforce is the first step in addressing a need identified by the Independent Library Report for England; “that more information needs to be available about the remarkable and vital value that a good library service can offer modern communities of every size and character”.
It sets out how library services can support delivery of a wide range of local and national government priorities. It also describes a range of approaches to delivering cost-effective library services.

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Community libraries: good practice toolkit
Libraries shaping the future: good practice toolkit 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Local Government 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 28/03/2017
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.
Institute for Apprenticeships: Draft Strategic Guidance and Draft Operational Plan 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Housing The long-awaited Housing White Paper entitled “Fixing our broken housing market”, was finally unveiled on 7 February 2017. Its overall emphasis is on increasing the supply of housing over the longer term, primarily through changes to the planning system; these account for 3 of the White Paper’s 4 chapters.
The briefing is in two parts – one which focuses on the housing issues in chapter 4 and the other primarily on the key issues for planning.
The housing section of the briefing deals with the fourth chapter, called “Helping people now”; to what extent it does this, as it contains no new initiatives and does not form part of the consultation questions, is a matter for debate. It does, however, contain some welcome confirmation of changes trailed by the May government, such as rowing back on mandatory proportions of starter home provision in new developments, and recognition that affordable new build can encompass tenures other than owner occupation.
Housing White Paper – Fixing our broken housing market 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Childrens Secure Placements The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report entitled Secure placements for children: how local authorities use them in December 2016. This is the latest in a line of documents reviewing the market for places in secure children’s homes and need to be set alongside the Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales also published in December 2016.
This research report looks at how local authorities use placements in secure children’s homes and the problems and issues associated with the current market. It places this type of provision within a ‘continuum of care’ and outlines a ‘hierarchy of expectations’ whilst also exploring potential limitations of placements. It ends by identifying the three interlocking factors of (i) a challenging market, (ii) a ‘somewhat inflexible’ legal and policy framework and (iii) barriers found in determining and accessing appropriate mental health services, all of which need to be overcome to secure improvement.
How Local Authorities use Secure Placements for Children: DfE research 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Apprentices This briefing is on the government’s response to its consultation on apprenticeship targets for public sector bodies, responding to suggestions and criticisms of its original framework. The response establishes that a target of 2.3% will be maintained, with headcount as its basis. Schools will be subject to the target but FE colleges, universities, the BBC and Houses of Parliament will not. The briefing also covers the development of new standards and assessment plans which underpins the government’s reform of the apprenticeship system. Apprenticeships: Public Sector Targets and Guidance for Trailblazers 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing System Change In February 2017, Collaborate and Lankelly Chase published the findings from a year of action research in Coventry, Oldham and Essex in the report ‘Building Collaborative Places: Infrastructure for System Change'.
The report sets out an argument for investing in inclusive and collaborative systems which involve all the players in a local area (from citizen to third sector, health service, police and local authorities). The report also publishes a framework of nine building blocks which can be used by local areas to benchmark and improve their existing approach to collaborative working.
This report is unique in its call for local investment in shared infrastructure or ‘hard wiring’. By this, the report refers to shared strategies, governance, and approaches to workforce development which enable organisations and individuals to work together. The implication of the report is that local authorities have a clear role in establishing and embedding this infrastructure and points to practical examples and very different approaches taken by Coventry, Oldham and Essex.
Local Authorities: The catalyst for bottom-up systems change 28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Public Parks The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee, published its report on Public Parks at the end of January 2017.
More than half of the UK population uses parks on a regular basis. The Committee’s starting point was that parks are self-evidently “treasured assets”, valued for leisure, relaxation and exercise, as well as contributions to community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing, biodiversity, climate change mitigation, and local economic growth.
Those managing parks face considerable challenges including responding to the different and sometimes clashing needs of local communities, competing for investment with other services and ensuring that the benefits of parks and green spaces are available to the most deprived communities.

House of Commons DCLG Committee report on Public Parks

28/03/2017
National LGiU Briefing Council Tax This briefing relates to the Citizens Advice (CAB) report: Catching up – improving council tax arrears. The report identifies reasons why people accrue council tax arrears, how councils deal with tax arrears and how individuals manage the circumstance of being in arrears with council tax payments. It suggests ways councils may improve council tax collection; by making it more ‘person-centred, less harsh and more responsive to individual circumstances – with a view to improved collection rates.
Findings are based on a survey completed by 1,084 people seeking guidance from Citizens Advice between January and April 2016. Survey respondents had accrued council tax arrears to a total of £980,758. Individual arrears ranged from £30.00 to several thousands of pounds. Two-thirds (65%) of all survey respondents were in gainful employment. Additionally, research for the report acquired information from in-depth interviews with individuals working as debt advisors and a sample of individuals attending outlets seeking guidance and advice about how to manage their inability to make council tax payments

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Local Government Finance Act

LGIU Local Government Finance Act 2012 – Council Tax Reforms

Eric Pickles' 50 ways to save

LGIU - Guide to the Local Government Finance Act 2012

Catching up – Improving council tax arrears collection. 28/03/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation response Business Rates This document summarises the responses to the business rates appeals reforms consultation on the statutory implementation and sets out decisions the government has taken, as a basis for introducing regulations by April 2017.

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Check, challenge, appeal: reforming business rates appeals - consultation on statutory implementation
Reforming business rates appeals: consultation on statutory implementation - summary of consultation responses and government response 27/03/2017
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Consultation Business Rates At the Budget on 8 March, the Chancellor announced that the government would make available a discretionary fund of £300 million to support those businesses most affected by the revaluation.
This consultation paper seeks views on the:
 *  allocation of resources to local authorities
 *  arrangements for local authorities compensation
 *  operation and conditions of discretionary relief scheme
Consultation on proposals on the design and implementation of the locally administered business rates relief scheme 09/03/2017 07/04/2017 27/03/2017
National Department for Education Consultation Exculsions from School Proposed revisions to the statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer.
The guidance is for:
 *  headteachers
 *  governing bodies
 *  independent review panels
 *  academy trusts
 *  local authorities
The revisions include both statutory and non-statutory information.
Statutory guidance sets out what schools and local authorities must do to comply with the law. You should follow the guidance unless you have a very good reason not to.
School exclusion guidance: proposed revisions 14/03/2017 25/04/2017 27/03/2017
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit These regular HB Direct newsletters, provides information that affects Housing Benefit.

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27/03/2017
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit - Subsidy This guidance is for local authorities. It explains the subsidies DWP pays them for certain costs of the Housing Benefit (HB) scheme. Housing Benefit subsidy guidance manual 2016 to 2017 27/03/2017
National Department of Health Report Adult Social Care This report sets out progress made to improve the quality of education, training and practice of social work with adults in the last year.
The report highlights the main priorities and issues for the adult social work profession, including:
 *  repositioning social work practice and professional leadership at the heart of adult social care
 *  working with ADASS and the Principal Social Workers Network to demonstrate the value of social work to an integrated health and care system
 *  continuing to improve standards of social work education, training and practice in key areas of social work with adults and creating a system of social work regulation which will further raise standards across the whole profession
The report also features case studies from local authorities across the country, including examples of rights and strengths-based approaches, social work in mental health, workforce development and integration.
Annual Report by the Chief Social Worker for Adults 2016 to 2017 27/03/2017
National Local Government Association Report Devolution Devolution is one of the biggest changes in the way decisions are made locally.
The first mayoral elections will take place in May 2017. This short guide gives information on the role of combined authority mayors, what they will do and what this means for the residents they serve.
Don't be left in the dark: Devolution and mayors 27/03/2017
National Local Government Association Report Adult Social Care Resources In general, adult social care tends to account for the largest proportion of councils' controllable expenditure: the national average was around 35 per cent in 2014/15.
Coupled with unprecedented financial pressures on local government as a whole and increases in demand, councils have been faced with demographic change, significant new legislation on social care and fundamental changes to the local government finance system.
Most councils know that in the current financial climate they will be unable to keep pace with these demographic and financial pressures.
Therefore, lead members for adult social care are having to engage in a fundamental re-think about how they use their scarce resources to benefit the most vulnerable members of their communities. The report offers some key messages to consider when undertaking this and some questions to lead members may wish consider when leading changes to the way services are developed and delivered.
Use of resources: How do you know you are making the best use of scarce resources? 27/03/2017
National Local Government Association Report Engagement This is a guide for councillors and officers working to build a stronger dialogue between councils and residents.
The LGA use 'engagement' within the document to mean anything that creates a stronger two-way relationship between council and communities. This runs from formal consultation to more deliberative and informal listening exercises. It can include co-production, crowdsourcing, events and public meetins.
The guide will be useful for people throughout the local government sector - whether you're looking to improve statuory consultation practices to avoid legal challenges or wanting to engage in more creative ways. It provides advice on how to rebuild trust in relationships that have broken down and help you and your council become better at listening and responding to resident concerns.
New Conversations: LGA guide to engagement 27/03/2017
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance Mental Illness This guideline covers how to improve services for people aged 14 and above who have been diagnosed as having coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse. The aim is to provide a range of coordinated services that address people’s wider health and social care needs, as well as other issues such as employment and housing. Coexisting severe mental illness and substance misuse: community health and social care services 27/03/2017
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidance Drug Misuse This guideline covers targeted interventions to prevent misuse of drugs, including illegal drugs, ‘legal highs’ and prescription-only medicines. It aims to prevent or delay harmful use of drugs in children, young people and adults who are most likely to start using drugs or who are already experimenting or using drugs occasionally. Drug misuse prevention: targeted interventions 27/03/2017
National Local Government Association Report Adult Social Care Councils are responsible for their own performance and for leading the delivery of improved outcomes for local people in their area. Lead members will want to enable their councils to perform well in adult social care and to manage any risk.
Councils have the best chance of improving their services when they understand their own strengths and areas for improvement and take steps to deal with any problems.
Performance: How do you know your council is performing well in adult social care? 27/03/2017
National National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Report Public Health The case studies in this report show how public health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) are working together to make a real difference to people's health and wellbeing.
Local government has always been a close partner to the VCSE sector, and now, with public health colleagues, we are able to go further and faster in harnessing the skills, enthusiasm and expertise of VCSE organisations and volunteers.
Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector: new opportunities and sustainable change 27/03/2017
National Historic England Funding Heritage Protection English Heritage (EH) was established under the National Heritage Act 1983 as the Government's adviser on all aspects of England's built heritage. In 2015, English Heritage separated into two organisations. Historic England is the public body responsible for looking after England's historic environment.
The work of Historic England falls into the following five main categories:
 •  Championing historic places.
 •  Identifying and protecting English heritage.
 •  Supporting change.
 •  Understanding historic places.
 •  Providing expertise at a local level.
This scheme was, until July 2010, called the Historic Environment Enabling Programme (HEEP) until its re-branding as the Heritage Protection Commissions Programme (HPCP).  The Programme is a central strategic budget through which Historic England commissions the research necessary for evidence-based policy and supports nationally-important initiatives which deliver against its strategic priorities and underpin its lead role for the historic environment.
The scheme covers the terrestrial and marine historic environment and provides funding for projects on surveying and assessing historic areas and landscapes, methodological and technical development, research, training, capacity building, knowledge transfer (e.g. conferences and publications) and last resort funding for the recording and investigating of heritage assets as well as conventional archaeology.
Heritage Protection Commissions Programme 01/03/2017 27/03/2017
National Ofsted Guidance Governance This document lays down the key responsibilities of the Board of the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (the Board) and of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (HMCI) and the Executive Board. it outlines the Board’s and HMCI’s powers of delegation, the conduct expected of the Board and proceedings of the Board. Ofsted's corporate governance framework 27/03/2017
Local Ofsted Report SEND Inspection This is the report for the SEND Inspection carried out between 16 January and 20 January 2017, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) conducted a joint inspection of the local area of Sandwell to judge the effectiveness of the area in implementing the disability and special educational needs reforms as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014.
The inspection was led by one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors from Ofsted, with a team of inspectors including an Ofsted Inspector and a children’s services inspector from the CQC.
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National National Audit Office Report Social care The National Audit Office warns that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged and has not delivered all of the expected benefits for patients, the NHS or local authorities. As a result, the government’s plan for integrated health and social care services across England by 2020 is at significant risk. Health and social care integration 27/03/2017
Regional West Midlands IEP Briefing West Midlands West Midlands in Context newsletter 14 West Midlands in Context - Issue 14 27/03/2017
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.

Related Publications to this record

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

HB Bulletin: G2/2017

HB Bulletin: G3/2017

HB Bulletin: G4/2017

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)

Business rates information letter (2/2017)

Business rates information letter (3/2017)

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. Subsidy Circular S1/2017:

Subsidy Circular S2/2017:

Subsidy Circular S3/2017:

Subsidy Circular S4/2017:

Subsidy Circular S5/2017:

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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.

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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
 
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