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Building successful Healthwatch organisations

Local authorities are responsible for commissioning Healthwatch and are embracing this challenge with increasing energy and enthusiasm. The case studies in this report are intended to provide a flavour of some of the good work and innovative practice-taking place.

Sector-led improvement
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Independence from the centre: does local government's freedom lie in a new constitutional settlement?

Reforming our democratic constitution is right at the forefront of the political debate, with changes to the House of Lords being actively discussed and a planned Scottish independence referendum in 2014.

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Supporting local authorities to develop their research capacity

This paper provides useful insights into the views and experiences of a range of 15 local authority front line staff, including locality managers and staff from central children's services recently involved in defining and undertaking research projects with support from the NFER and the Local Authority Research Consortium (LARC).

Research
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Taking the lead – Self-regulation and improvement in culture, tourism and sport

This leaflet sets out how the LGA is supporting members and officers to lead self-regulation and improvement in the culture, tourism and sport sector.

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Doing something big: building a better society together

This report from the Local Government Group's Big Society Task Force shows how democratically-elected local councillors are at the forefront of developing stronger, more empowered and more resilient communities.

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Social enterprise, mutual, cooperative and collective ownership models

This publication is intended to provide helpful and practical guidance for councils when considering how in-house services can be delivered through various different models.

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Understanding commissioning: a practical guide for the culture and sport sector

The purpose of this guide is to help people in the culture and sport sector understand the process of strategic commissioning in public services and how to engage in it to produce better outcomes for communities.

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Winning solutions for adapting to severe weather

This new LG Group guide highlights opportunities for councils to address adaptation in order to make best use of current resources, maximise cost savings and dovetail with the new localism agenda. The guide was informed by a roundtable held at the LG Group in February 2011 and was prepared for the LG Group with help from CAG consultants.  

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Fire and Rescue Services: going the extra mile

In producing this report, the Local Government Group (LG Group) aims to assist and inform fire and rescue authorities (FRAs) to deliver the spending reductions required by disseminating good practice of how efficiencies have been achieved and examples of plans and ideas emerging from FRAs in response to challenges faced by the sector.

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Keep it REAL: Responsive, Efficient, Accountable, Local services

Public services are changing because taxpayers demand it; they want the public sector to be more affordable, give better value for money and put individuals and families in control of the services they use.