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Census of Local Authority Councillors 2013

The report of the seventh census of local authority councillors in England has been published. The census provides the most comprehensive 'snapshot' of local government representation and analyses of trends over time.

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Delivering effective local Healthwatch – key success factors

Within the context of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (‘the Act') a number of key players have come together to provide effective leadership and support for the successful implementation of local Healthwatch as a consumer champion.

Census 2011 – output area look-ups

The Office for National Statistics has released a number of Census geography look-up products.

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Metal theft toolkit

This toolkit contains information on current powers, proposals for future regulation, examples of work across the country and templates for adaptation by your local authority.

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The general power of competence – empowering councils to make a difference

The LGA has published a paper ‘'Empowering Councils to make a difference' that looks in detail at the usage of the GPC by councils – the paper shows that councils are currently using the power to promote innovation in a number of areas. The paper also outlines constraints of the power and top tips. 

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Managing customer demand

Local public service providers are facing the dual challenges of substantial reductions in funding accompanied by increases in the demand for the services they provide.

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Open for business

Councils using this tool will need to review and adapt the template to provide tailored information on their offer for businesses, local branding and contact details. Councils may want to work with other councils in their area or local business organisations to produce a joint publication that can offer the most support and impact for businesses. Read the accompanying guidance on

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Wealth from waste – The LGA local waste review

What we do with our waste has been an environmental issue for generations and a regular front-page news story for the last few years. With the economy struggling and public services facing drastic funding cuts, we need to recognise that waste and recycling are economic issues.

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The Visitor Economy: a potential powerhouse of local growth

Councils are playing a key leadership role in capitalising on their local visitor economy’s growth potential through creating the conditions for it to thrive and ensuring a rich cultural offer to attract visitors. However there are opportunities to further drive this growth through increasing productivity. This means getting visitors to spend more when they visit. 

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National Child Measurement programme: briefing for elected members

They address a number of transitional issues relating to the transfer of responsibility for delivering the National Child Measurement programme, which moved from PCTs to local government in April 2013.