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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.

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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.

Related Publications to this record

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.

Related Publications to this record

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.

Related Publications to this record

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.

Related Publications to this record

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.

Related Publications to this record

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.

Related Publications to this record

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
National Ofsted Guidance Inadequate Childrens Services Ofsted inspectors use this handbook when monitoring and re-inspecting local authority children’s services judged inadequate.
Ofsted carries out monitoring visits and reports on progress made by the local authority.
When the monitoring period ends there is a re-inspection.
Monitoring and re-inspecting local authority children’s services judged inadequate: inspectors’ handbook 23/08/2016
National Land Registry Guidance Local Land Charges This guide helps local authorities prepare for the new single digital Local Land Charges Register.
Prior to migration of the Local Land Charges register, there are a number of tasks that local authorities must complete to make sure their data is ready for digitisation and migration to commence.
Local Land Charges: Local authority pre-digitisation and migration guide 23/08/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit This bulletin contains information about:
 *  amendment to Circular HB A7/2016
 *  Discretionary Housing Payments mid-year monitoring return 2016/17
 *  Benefit cap changes – process for LAs receiving scans
 *  Universal Credit and DHPs
 *  HB Fraud and Error Good Practice Workshops
 *  amendments to regulations
 *  temporary accommodation management fee subsidy payment
 *  cases with the Upper Tribunal
 *  Statutory Instruments
HB Bulletin: G8/2016 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Post 16 Skills The Post-16 Skills Plan accepts the recommendations of the Sainsbury Report, proposing a radical overhaul of post-16 vocational or technical education in the UK. Students will be offered two choices for post-16 education, an academic or a technical route. The technical route will be further broken down into two “modes of learning”: employment-based (typically an apprenticeship) or college-based. A framework of 15 routes will be designed, replacing the 20,000 different courses that currently exist, and occupations will be grouped together under the 15 headings.
This briefing will be of interest to members and officers with responsibility for education, skills training and economic development.
DfE policy – Post-16 Skills Plan 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing On Your Radar On Your Radar provides regular updates on information from central government and other key organisations; looks back over the last period, ahead at what could be hitting the headlines and comments on issues relevant to local government that will be influencing the political landscape over the coming months. On Your Radar July – August 2016 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Unknown Children Ofsted has published a report Unknown children – destined for disadvantage? on a survey commissioned by HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw to evaluate the effectiveness of local authorities and early years providers in tackling the issues facing disadvantaged families and their young children. HMIs concentrated on the implementation and impact of national and local policies on the day-to-day practice of early years providers in deprived areas of England.
The report describes the wide range of practice found, with useful examples of strong leaders successfully bringing services together to support vulnerable children and their families ‘in a way that could potentially change a child’s destiny’. However, it also raises many issues and areas of concern – with recommendations for providers, local authorities, government and Ofsted itself.
This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers responsible for children’s services, especially early years provision across health, care and education.
Ofsted survey: Unknown children – destined for disadvantage? 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Youth Justice Published in February 2016, Charlie Taylor’s interim report Review of the Youth Justice System recommends that young offenders should serve their sentences in schools rather than youth prisons. The report found that since 2006/07 the number of children in custody has declined by 64 per cent to its lowest recorded level, but of those children who remain in custody almost two thirds reoffend within a year of release. There is widespread recognition of the need to address this. The review recommends that education is put at the heart of the youth justice system with offenders supported in smaller, local secure schools where they can benefit from behavioural expertise, therapies, and the skills needed to get on in life after release.
Ahead of the publication of Charlie Taylor’s full report on the youth justice system, this policy briefing provides an overview of the key findings and recommendations in the interim report and comments on the reaction to the report. It also summaries the key findings and recommendations in Lord Laming’s review Keeping Children in Care out of Trouble which calls for a programme of reform to improve the life chances of looked after children and prevent future crime.
This briefing will be of interest to councils and their local partners, and particularly to officers and members with responsibilities for youth offending and looked after children.
Youth Justice System Review: Interim report 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Post Adoption Post-adoption support interventions: independent evidence review (July 2016), commissioned by the DfE from the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, is a review of the research evidence base for a range of post adoption support strategies. The report groups strategies in terms of their objectives and methodologies and classifies them on the strength of their evidence base. It makes recommendations for further work to develop a stronger understanding of which interventions are most effective. This work supplements the DfE’s Adoption: a vision for change document published in March 2016.
This briefing will be of interest to members and local authority staff with an interest in the adoption process, and support for adoptive parents and their children
DfE – post-adoption support – independent review. 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Migrants This briefing follows an earlier LGIU briefing in early July 2016 on Syrian Refugees. It summarises key points of a new report on the Migration Crisis published by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee.
The report is wide ranging and covers a number of issues including border security and EU responsibilities for migrants. It sets out the scale of the problem – over 65 million people were forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict and persecution at the end of 2015, including 21 million refugees outside their countries of origin.
This briefing also shares some good practice from a new guide for local authorities published by the Local Government Association, and highlights a recent Court of Appeal case on Syrian refugees in Calais seeking to come to the UK.
The migrant crisis: Home Affairs Select Committee report 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing

Childrens Residential Care

This briefing is on Residential Care in England: Report of Sir Martin Narey’s independent review of children’s residential care, which was commissioned and published by the DfE (July 2016). The review was to ensure that residential care homes for children are doing the best possible job. Also related to the review and supporting the main report is the DfE document, Data annex: Looking after children analysis, attached for reference.
This briefing will be of interest to elected members and officers with responsibility for children’s social care including children in local authority care and fostering and adoption.
DfE – Narey review of children’s residential care 23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Brexit This is the first of a regular Brexit update by the LGIU. This edition covers:
 *  Local government impact
 *  The Brexit process
 *  Free movement
 *  The economy
 *  Scotland
 *  Social cohesion
Brexit update August 2016 23/08/2016
National Local Government Association Report Obesity Obesity is one of the most important public health issues currently being addressed by this country. It is a cause of chronic disease leading to early death. Two-thirds of English adults, more than one fifth of four to five-yearold children and more than a third of 10 to 11-year-olds are obese or overweight. Healthier Food Procurement 23/08/2016
National Policy Exchange Report Welfare, Work, Young People Welfare, Work and Young People calls for an overhaul of the way that the Government provides benefits, employment support and advice to young people. The paper says that the Government should do more to differentiate welfare support for people under 25, trialling Youth Employment Centres which would operate separately from the rest of the jobcentre, and provide specialist advice to young people.
These youth employment centres would be allowed to change the way sanctions are applied: low level breaches could be changed so they do not incur a financial penalty, while additional requirements (like signing on daily or volunteering in the local community) could be made a condition of claiming their benefits. The paper says that these new jobcentres should build on the success of youth unemployment centres already in place in Ipswich and Brighton.
The report sets out a number of other ideas to improve the network of support for young people who are not in work or education.

Welfare, Work and Young People

23/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Devolution The Public Accounts Committee (“Cities and local growth”) and the National Audit Office (“English Devolution Deals”) have published related reports on how central government is negotiating and managing devolution deals with local areas in England.
The NAO concluded that while the devolution deals offer opportunities to stimulate economic growth and reform public services these arrangements are currently untested and the government could do more to provide confidence that these deals will achieve the benefits intended. The PAC agreed and while accepting that devolution is driven by political decisions, it did not believe that this excuses central government from exercising sufficient and effective oversight. It was concerned that not all devolution deals are coherent, with many lacking clear objectives and were not aligned geographically with other policies or local bodies. The PAC also wanted to see greater clarity from the government about what they are trying to achieve.
This briefing will be of particular interest to local authority political leaders and chief officers and those supporting them in the negotiation of devolution deals with central government.
English devolution deals – Reports from the NAO and the PAC 05/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing

Social Workers

The Department for Education and Department of Health have published Regulating Social Workers: policy statement to assist Members of both Houses of Parliament to understand the policy behind Part 2 of the Children and Social Work Bill which provides for the Secretaries of State of both departments to be responsible for the regulation of social workers and the development of their professional practice. Illustrative Social Worker regulations have been published.
This briefing will be of interest to elected Members and senior officers with responsibility for children’s and adult social care services, all HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Social Workers and students, their employers and social work training establishments.
DfE and DH policy – Regulating Social Workers

Regulating Social Workers: Policy Statement
05/08/2016
National LGiU Report Local Government These documents form part of the LGiU's series on the future of local government following the EU referendum, looking at the various issues that the sector now faces:
 *  Sovereighty
 *  Creative destruction
 *  Written Constitution
 *  Taxes
 *  Local Leadership
 *  Economic Life
 *  Global Participation

Future Local Part: 

1: Sovereignty

2: Creative Destruction

3: A written constitution

4: A taxing issue

5: The future of local leadership

6: At the centre of local economic life

7: Global participation

05/08/2016
National Public Health England (PHE) Guidance

Health

This resource for health professionals and local authorities and it focuses on the benefits of making more people physically active. It highlights the recommendations for physical activity from the UK Chief Medical Officers' guidelines as well as toolkits and campaigns which can help to promote behaviour change. Health matters: getting every adult active every day 05/08/2016
National Care Quality Commission Report Health and Child Safeguarding The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are calling on health services to do more for children at risk of harm. Children and young people have the right to get the care that they need, when and where they need it.
Healthcare services and other organisations that work with children and young people have a responsibility to keep them safe.
Vulnerable children and young people in England are not getting the help they need when and where they need it. The risks of harm to many children are revealed with the right questions and support.
In their review of 50 local area inspections, they have found health and social care services failing to adequately support young people as well as examples of innovative and outstanding care.
Not seen, not heard: a review of the arrangements for child safeguarding and health care for looked after children in England 05/08/2016
National idox Report Funding Idox (suppliers of Grantfinder) have produced a whitepaper that takes a look at the changes and new directions in local government funding, at a time when efficiency, savings and forward planning are more important than ever.
It covers:
• the importance of external funding;
• the role of the external funding officer in local authorities;
• the benefits and challenges that come when competing for resources; and
• top ten tips to fast-track your funding knowledge.
New Directions in Local Government Funding 05/08/2016
Regional West Midlands Police Funding Funding for Victims The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, established the £300,000 Victims Fund with funding from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) in 2015.
The funding is intended for local voluntary and community organisations to deliver specialist services designed to help victims cope with the immediate impact of crime and recover, as far possible, from the harm experienced.
Grants of up to £15,000 are available.
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner - Victims Fund 27/07/2016 09/09/2016 05/08/2016
National Social Security Advisory Cttee Consultation response Temporary Absence The Governmente published the committee’s report on these regulations, and the government response on 7 July 2016 – The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016: SSAC report and government statement.

Related Publications to this record

Draft regulations: The Housing Benefit and State Pension Credit (Temporary Absence) (Amendment) Regulations 2016
Housing Benefit and Pension Credit: temporary absences from Great Britain 02/08/2016
National Department for Works and Pensions Guidance Housing Benefit - Adjudication Circulars Adjudication circulars provide advice, guidance and information on Housing Benefit to local authority staff. They update the Housing Benefit guidance manual.
The circulars make many references to Council Tax Benefit as this was administered by local authorities alongside Housing Benefit until March 2013. In April 2013 Council Tax Benefit was replaced by local authorities’ own council tax support and reduction schemes, removing DWP’s involvement.
Readers will need to consider references to Council Tax Benefit in these documents accordingly.
Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2016

Housing Benefit adjudication circulars 2017
02/08/2016
National Communities and Local Government (CLG) Guidance Housing Survey This is the full report combining the main technical advice notes into one. This includes detailed information about how the survey data is collected and quality assured, the sampling and weighting methodology, and how some of the important measures for analysis are derived. English housing survey 2014 to 2015: technical report
02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Brexit In this briefing, there is an examination of the history of the Structural Funds, the policy objectives they are meant to achieve, and the level of funding for the UK
The Structural Funds are the main instruments of the EU’s Cohesion Policy; Cohesion Policy aims to close gaps in living standards and development between Member States, regions, and social groups.
Cohesion Policy is redistributive, taking funds from richer EU countries and spending them in poorer EU countries; it comprises a large part of the UK’s net contribution to the EU’s budget, although for all budget items, this is less than 1 per cent of the UK’s GDP
Brexit: What about the Structural Funds? 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing National Infastructure During the so called ‘Great Recession’ there was much discussion about how investing in the nation’s infrastructure could play a part in the UK’s economic recovery. Research circulating at that time revealed that even though the UK was classed as the world’s fourth biggest economy (fifth post Brexit) it ranked 27th in the world infrastructure league table.
Addressing a challenge of this scale required establishing a framework and organisations with a clear purpose and clear responsibilities that could work together to plan the development of UK infrastructure.   
The Government has set up two new bodies – the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) and an independent National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) – to ensure the right infrastructure projects are identified and delivered successfully.
National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016–2021 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Children's Social Care Inspection Ofsted is consulting (until 9 September) on proposed changes across its inspections of children’s social care. The consultation is in four parts: principles for children’s social care inspection; a new approach to inspections of local authority children’s services from 2018; a new common inspection framework for social care establishments, agencies, boarding schools and residential special schools from April 2017; and changes to inspections of independent fostering agencies.
Information from the consultation (including consultation events) will be used to finalise revised arrangements for Ofsted’s social care inspections – which will be subject to further consultation later in the year.
This briefing focuses on the changes to LA inspections, and will be of interest to officers and elected members with responsibility for children’s social care and to staff in the services covered.
Ofsted: consultation on the future of children’s social care inspection 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Data Security In September 2015, the Health Secretary asked the National Data Guardian (NDG), Dame Fiona Caldicott, to work with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to review data security, and to produce a report with recommendations for:
 *  new data security standards
 *  a method of testing compliance against standards
 *  a new consent or opt-out model as a basis for data sharing.
One of the drivers for the review was continuing concern from patient groups that people often did not understand how their information was being used, and that NHS organisations were not always sufficiently careful in getting consent.
The NDG’s report proposes ten data standards and an opt-out model for data sharing which will both apply to the NHS and social care.
Review of data security, consent and opt-outs in health and social care 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Business Rates On 19 June 2016, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), published its report “Better Rates”. This looks ahead to the introduction of 100% retention of business rates. It models potential outcomes for the policy and identifies a weakness. It proposes modifications to the system to overcome this. This briefing summarises the report and comments on it. Improving Business Rates Retention – IPPR “Better Rates” 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Childrens centres As part of the Evaluation of children’s centres in England (ECCE), the DfE has published (July 2016) two commissioned research reports: Research brief: evaluation of childcare centres in England (ECCE)- strands 1-5 and Children’s centres in England: value for money. The reports provide an overview of the project with relevant past reports referenced across the five strands of research activity as well as a detailed briefing on the final value for money theme.
This briefing will be of interest to local authority members and officers with responsibility for early years and early intervention.
Evaluation of Children’s Centres in England – DfE research 02/08/2016
National LGiU Briefing Childrens Social Care The Government’s strategy and plan to transform social work and the children’s social care system Putting children first: delivering our vision for excellent children’s social care was published on 4 July 2016.
The vision is of a system staffed and led by the best trained professionals; dynamic and free to innovate in the interests of children; delivered through a more diverse range of social care organisations; with less bureaucracy; smarter checks and balances designed to hold the system to account in the right ways; and new ways to intervene where services fail. The vision is supported by the Children and Social Work Bill which will provide the legislative changes to implement Putting Children First.
This briefing will be of interest to elected Members and senior officers with responsibility for children’s services, all HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council) registered Social Workers and their employers, and members of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCBs).
DfE policy: Putting Children First 02/08/2016
National Local Government Association Report Transforming Care programme The Transforming Care programme is based on the assumption that children, young people and adults with a learning disability and/or autism with behaviours described as challenging have the right to live satisfying and valued lives, and to be treated with dignity and respect. They should have a home within their community, be able to develop and maintain relationships, and get the support they need for a life that is healthy, safe and rewarding.
The Local Government Association is one of six national delivery partners (along with NHS England, the Department of Health, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, the Care Quality Commission and Health Education England) supporting delivery of the programme through sector led improvement, including regional support to Transforming Care Partnerships.
Transforming Care (Must Knows) 02/08/2016
National Local Government Association Report Housing and Planning Act The Housing and Planning Act 2016 contains provisions on new homes (including starter homes), landlords and property agents, abandoned premises, social housing (including extending the Right to Buy to housing association tenants, sale of local authority assets, ‘pay-to-stay', and secure tenancies), planning, compulsory purchase and public land (duty to dispose).
The legislation completed its passage through Parliament on 11 May 2016 and received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016.
Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Get in on the Act) 02/08/2016
 
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