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Planning Together: Updated practical guide for local strategic partnerships and planners

This publication is aimed at Local Authorities leaders, planners, Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) co-ordinators and elected members. It is a short practical guide focused on the strategic leadership role of local authorities working through Local Strategic Partnerships (LSPs) and the... (Continue reading)

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Paddington Churches Housing Association Limited: Short notice inspection – January 2010

Paddington Churches HA has ‘strengths and weaknesses in balance’ in its management of service charges and ‘weaknesses outweigh strengths’ in its response to anti-social behaviour. Service charge management is developing but there is more to do. Tenant profile information is... (Continue reading)

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Roots Review: Review of arrangements for efficiencies from smarter procurement in local government

During the 2007 Comprehensive Spending review (CSR07) period (2008-09 to 2010-11), English councils are collectively required to achieve £4.9bn cash-releasing efficiency gains. Delivering Value for Money in Local Government set an expectation that nearly 60 per cent of this total... (Continue reading)

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Power to Promote Well-being of the Area: Statutory guidance for local councils

This guidance is aimed at English local councils (parish, town, village, neighbourhood, and community councils) and discusses the extension to eligible local councils of the Power to Promote or Improve Economic, Social, or Environmental Well-Being (colloquially known as the “well-being... (Continue reading)

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Local Area Agreements Reward Guidance 2009

This document sets out guidance on the new model to be used for calculating Performance Reward Grant. Click here... (Continue reading)

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IDeA: Councillor call for action – Best practice guidance

Councillor Call for Action (CCfA) is about helping councillors to resolve issues and problems on behalf of their residents. Section 236 will further bolster this role, giving ward members powers to respond directly to local need. CCfA should not be... (Continue reading)

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Consolidated Budgeting Guidance from 2009-10

Guidance for government departments on the budgeting framework that applies for expenditure control Click here... (Continue reading)

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National Indicators for Local Authorities and Local Authority Partnerships: Updated national indicator definitions

This document provides a series of National Indicators that have been updated since the Handbook of Definitions was published in April 2008. Changes include clarifications to the definitions, updated guidance on calculating the indicators and some changes to how the... (Continue reading)

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Fire and Rescue Performance Assessment: Scores and analysis of fire and rescue authorities’ performance 2008

This document sets out how we review the improvement fire and rescue authorities have made since their CPA in 2005, and build on the fire and rescue CPA judgements in 2007/08. Click here... (Continue reading)

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Fighting Climate Change: A shared responsibility – Speech by Hazel Blears

Launch of the Heat and Energy Savings Strategy. Click here... (Continue reading)

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