No Careers Guidance required?


In September schools in England will take over statutory responsibility from local authorities for providing their pupils with independent and impartial careers guidance. Local authorities will remain responsible for ensuring young people are either in education or training, but will no longer be expected to provide a universal careers service. […]

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What will the Queen have to say on 9th May?


The Queen will open a new session of Parliament next week, on 9th of May. According to press reports the contents of the Queen’s Speech were agreed at a meeting of the Cabinet on 31st January. This is possible, as permission would be required to allow Parliamentary Counsel to draft […]

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Will Open Public Services succeed?


The Coalition Government has published its first progress report on its reforms to public services (“Opening Public Services 2012” (PDF document)) since last July’s Open Public Services White Paper (PDF document). The key developments are: – An independent review to look at how choice can be extended to make sure […]

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Taking Community Budgets Forward


Community Budgets were introduced in October 2010 as part of the Spending Review with the aim of bringing different national and local funding streams together into a single local funding pot and, by doing so enabling various different local agencies, local authorities included, “to redesign services around the needs of […]

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National Audit Office report – the introduction of the Work Programme


The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report on the introduction of the Work Programme. Its key findings include: Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has introduced the Programme in just over a year and while its quick introduction has had benefits it has also increased risks. The NAO […]

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The Future of Local Goverment: Commissioning


Leeds City Council have established a Commission on the Future of Local Government which will “reassess the role of local government in the 21st century and put forward practical actions that aim to revitalise local democracy and public service”. Further details can be found here: http://civicenterpriseuk.org/about/ Public Policy Strategies has submitted […]

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“Local Government should flex its muscles and move purposely forward”


2011 was quite a year for local government and one which many would wish to forget though the implications of the 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review will hang heavy in the air for many a year to come.  Since which the messages coming from Whitehall have turned from the appearance of […]

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