2010 Policy Round Ups
Think tank, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, has published research, commissioned by the End Child Poverty Campaign, revealing that the Budget measures scheduled to come into effect between 2012 and 2014 were generally regressive and that the poorest families with children will lose more than any other group.
Communities and Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, has announced plans to disband the local government inspectorate, the Audit Commission, following the scrapping of the Comprehensive Area Assessment. Moves to sell off or convert part of the Commission's work are being explored, whilst no decision has yet been taken on the future of local government performance management.
Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has announced plans to give Travellers more secure tenancies on local authority sites, whilst getting tougher on unauthorised encampments by scrapping planning rules. The move will give councils stronger powers and incentives to build new sites: but critics claim it will further discriminate against an already marginalised community.
Local Government Improvement and Development (the new name for the Improvement and Development Agency - IDeA) has produced a publication that outlines recognised innovative practice of councils, from around the country, developing a better future for their older residents.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission has revealed the action it has taken to ensure the government meets its legal obligations to consider the effect of budget cuts on vulnerable groups.