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Monday, 20 April 2015 11:13

Political manifestos under scrutiny

PLEDGES made by the main political parties ahead of the general election are a mixed bag for rural communities, says the Rural Services Network.

Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:22

Study aims to improve rural transport

A MAJOR study will examine ways of improving rural community transport so residents can access vital services.

Reform (2015)

From April 2016, Greater Manchester's entire £6 billion health and social care budget, currently dispersed through more than 30 organisations, local and national, will be consolidated within a single partnership body.

The Independent Commission on Economic Growth and the Future of Public Services in Non-Metropolitan England (2015)

The last of three reports into the economies of Non-Metropolitan Areas (NMAs) sees the Commissioners conclude that "the way we take decisions in England is holding us back".

iMPower (2015)

Local government is at a critical point and needs to resist risk-aversion and evolve as the communities councils serve have evolved, suggests this report.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2015)

The results of an investigation into the impact of austerity measures on older people, lone parents and those experiencing in-work poverty.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2015)

Raising more questions than it answers, this report outlines the political, cultural and financial shifts that would be necessary in the UK for a "citizen's income" to be acceptable and to work effectively.

IPPR (March 2015)

From September 2015, young people will be required to stay in education or training until the age of 18. But this report describes the preceding system as "so fractured and incoherent as to undercut the potential of institutions and young people alike".

Institute for Government (2015)

Required reading before the general election on 7 May 2015, in 30 pages the authors outline the challenges that await those attempting to form a (possible) coalition government.

Institute for Government (2015)

In 2010, the Coalition introduced a new system of performance management, with each department agreeing a list of actions and a set of impact indicators.

Electoral Reform Society (2015)

"The public are tired of 'yah boo' politics and want something different – something more co-operative. Coalitions and power sharing can help restore faith in politics if they are done well."

NLGN (2015)

Arguing that local authorities, housing associations and the health sector are 'natural partners' this report suggests that greater collaboration would achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes for residents, particularly those with 'multiple and complex needs'.


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