AVERAGE HOUSE IN ENGLAND WILL HAVE TO LAST 2,000 YEARS WARNS COUNCIL BODY

Abstracts: August 18th, 2017

The Local Government Association, which represents councils in England, said that the average new home will have to last 2,000 years if the sluggish rate of house building and replacement continues.

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NEW CONVERSATION: LGA GUIDE TO ENGXAGEMENT

Abstracts: June 21st, 2017

This is a guide for councillors and officers working to build a stronger dialogue between councils and residents.

The term ‘engagement’ means 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 meetings.

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MPs CRITICAL OF TROUBLED FAMILIES PROGRAMME

Abstracts: December 21st, 2016

A Select Parliamentary Committee has challenged the effectiveness of the Troubled Families programme and criticised the Communities Department for its handling of the evaluation report.

The programme, launched in 2012, aimed to improve the way public services responded to need by focusing on the family as a unit and through overcoming the siloed organisational structure by adopting a team approach to providing support. Pilot projects, launched in 2010, as part of the Total Place initiative, produced outstanding results from early intervention and a team approach, with a team leader assigned to each family. The cost savings of the pilots were substantial.

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THE BORDER AFTER BREXIT

Abstracts: September 15th, 2016

In a new publication ‘The Border after Brexit’, the Adam Smith Institute in argues that the UK border needs to be secure so that we can trust who is coming in and decide whether they can be more open.

The authors claim that The Border Force seems to be in a state of complete disarray, missing potentially thousands of high-risk flights and making no record of having done so; queuing times at major airports are consistently below target during busy months; and the systems the Force is reliant on are riddled with errors and badly out of date – the anti-terror Warning Index is fourteen years past its use-by date.

The reason for this seems to be that, after the failure of one giant IT project to fix these problems, nobody in Whitehall wants to take responsibility for bringing the Force up to date. We believe that the problems with the initial IT project were that the Home Office tried to build the e-Borders system in-house – a little bit like them trying to design a new iPad from scratch instead of just buying them from Apple.

The paper argues that a technological solution, based on biometric scanning that is becoming the standard globally, is desirable, but the state should not try to make it itself. Instead, the state should let the private sector devise a solution, and pay it for successful results, not for inputs.

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BUDGET SURVEY REVEALS DETERIORATING SOCIAL SERVICES

Abstracts: July 14th, 2016

A survey of social services directors has revealed a depressing picture following sustained budget reductions and a lack of confidence in making further cuts.

The annual ADASS Budget Survey is an authoritative analysis of the state of adult social care finances drawn from the experiences of current leaders in adult social care. It provides in-depth intelligence on how adult social care is responding to the multiple challenges of meeting increased expectations and need, whilst managing reducing resources in an environment where the provider and labour markets are fragile.

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TIME TO WAKE THE SLEEPING GIANTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Abstracts: November 19th, 2015

District councils are the sleeping giants of public health and it is time to wake them. This is main finding from an editorially independent report commissioned by the District Councils’ Network.

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THINK TANK CALLS FOR TROUBLED LIVES PROGRAMME

Abstracts: October 16th, 2015

IPPR has called for the introduction of a troubled lives programme to improve the service that is given to people with multiple problems and to cut the cost of service provision. The programme would mirror the successful troubled families initiative.

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HOW TO PRIVATISE THE HIGH STREET

Abstracts: July 31st, 2015

In a new report How to Privatise the High Street, published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Dominic Nutt urges the Government to enhance Business Improvement Districts and support locally-lead regeneration of Britain’s streets.

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STANDARDS RISING IN EARLY EDUCATION BUT POOR CHILDREN MISSING OUT

Abstracts: July 13th, 2015

Standards in early education are improving but the attainment gap facing disadvantaged children is not changing.

Early education has never been stronger with 85 per cent of early years settings now judged good or outstanding, the Ofsted Early Years Annual Report 2015 reveals today.

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WATCHDOG CRITICISES INSPECTORATES FOR GO IT ALONE APPROACH

Abstracts: June 17th, 2015

An examination by the National Audit Office of inspectorates in the home affairs and justice sector has revealed a failure to link findings across inspectorate boundaries and an unhelpful independent approach to training.

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