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Public Services News

AWICS is pleased to publish the periodic e-newsletter the 'Public Services News' that carries news and analysis about a wide range of matters that are relevant to those with an interest in public services.

Our latest edition is the:

APRIL 2017 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • Local Government Financial Settlement for England 2017/18
  • Autumn Statement 2016
  • Budget 2017
  • The Value of Peer Reviews
  • Local Government Association Peer Reviews
  • Sevenoaks District Council: How we became Council of the Year
  • Budgets for Cumbria County Council and Eden District Council
  • Future of the Health Service in Cumbria
  • The Implications of Brexit for Public Services
  • AWICS Seminars
  • Advertisement - Infobase Cymru

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Earlier editions include:

AUGUST 2016 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • United Kingdom Government abandons budget surplus target
  • Impact of Brexit on Regional Development and Regeneration
  • The Reaction of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy to Brexit
  • Social Care Budgets are still under Pressure
  • Greg Clark at the Local Government Association conference
  • Draft European Union budget prioritises security and growth
  • Oldham Council is supporting business growth through a co-operative approach
  • Partnerships with Colleges
  • Disabled Access
  • Funding Local Archaeology

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FEBRUARY 2016 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • The Housing & Planning Bill – What it says about Planning
  • Greg Clark announces Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016/17
  • The Role of Public Services in Society
  • State of the Nation 2015
  • The Historic Environment
  • The Scottish Budget
  • The Welsh Budget
  • Police and Schools
  • Housing & Planning Bill: The Implications for Housing & Local Government

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OCTOBER 2015 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • Cities & Local Government Devolution Bill - review
  • City Devolution Deals for Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds and the county administrations
  • Preview of the spending review due in November this year
  • Localisation of Business Rates
  • Green Alliance challenges the government's green record
  • Oldham Council seeks partner for regeneration project
  • AWICS webinars
  • Chartered Institute of Housing advertisement

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JULY 2015 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • Preview of 8th July Budget - Expected Austerity Measures
  • The Queen's Speech - Devolution of authority to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Devolution of powers to Local Government across England
  • Neighbourhood Planning in England
  • Digital transformation of Local Government - localism as opportunity for service re-design
  • Social Care Reform
  • Museums, Archaeology and the Historic Environment

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APRIL 2015 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • Implications of the United Kingdom Budget for Local Government
  • Local Government Finance Settlement 2015/16
  • Treasury seeks further £30billion in public service cuts
  • Landmark ruling on Consultation Procedures: Supreme Court finds Council tax consultation unlawful
  • The challenges of rural service delivery by Ruth Atkinson, Eden District Council
  • Budgets and consultations in Eden and Cumbria
  • Peer Review Programme of the local Government Association
  • Neighbourhood Planning gains traction
  • CIPFA partners with Calibrand to deliver global online assessments and examinations for new professional qualification

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SEPTEMBER 2014 EDITION

  • Local Government Capital Programmes
  • Local Government Income and Revenues
  • The Environment: Willingness to Accept and Willingness to Pay
  • Is Blencathra a Community Asset?
  • Local Government and Education Funding consultations
  • Northern Devolution and the Autumn Statement
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy International Work

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JULY 2014 EDITION

  • Queen’s Speech 2014 – The Implications for Local Government
  • Local Authorities short of £5.8billion
  • Local Growth Deals launched
  • Copeland votes for elected Mayor
  • Irwin Mitchell challenges Haringey Council over Council Tax Reduction Scheme
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy enjoys International success
  • Oldham Council sets Accounting Record
  • National Housing Federation – Service Charges Conference and SORP road shows

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Copeland Council Centre in Whitehaven is featured in the July 2014 Public Services News.

MAY 2014 EDITION

  • Budget 2014 – The Implications for Local Government
  • Local Government Expenditure and Income
  • Value for Money and Management Costs in Local Government
  • Councils and bus subsidies including Cumbria
  • Irwin Mitchell persuades Supreme Court that Disabled Man was deprived of his Liberty
  • The Recession in Perth & Kinross
  • National Housing Federation – Regulation Conference

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MARCH 2014 EDITION

  • British Public Wrong about nearly everything
  • Local authorities can now apply for support to help them deliver services in more innovative ways
  • More council tax support cuts to come
  • Selby District Council, Planning, Travellers’ sites and Battlefields
  • CIPFA Education and Training Centre
  • National Housing Federation – Housing Finance
  • Conference and Exhibition
  • AWICS 2014 series of seminar and workshops
  • AWICS publishes new brochures

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FEBRUARY 2014 EDITION

  • Local Government Finance Settlement in England 2014/15
  • 2014/15 Budgets in Croydon, Brighton and Denbighshire
  • Autumn Statement and Local Government
  • Government plans £25billion in post-2015 cuts
  • Scots support increase in Council Tax
  • AWICS customers – Oldham, Croydon, Lambeth and Southwark - nominated in LGC innovation awards
  • CIPFA takes top honours at accountancy awards
  • Assessment of Company Profitability
  • Tullie House Museum and the Crosby Garrett Helmet
  • UNISON survey reveals debt problems caused by Christmas
  • AWICS Regional Seminars and Workshops

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NOVEMBER 2013 EDITION

  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy - International Public Financial Management
  • Medium Term Expenditure Framework
  • Cumbria County Council prepares budget for 2014/15
  • Local Authorities and the Autumn Statement
  • Transformation Challenge Award
  • Collecting Performance Information in Devolved Britain
  • Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012
  • AWICS announces 2014 series of seminars and workshops
  • Service Charges

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OCTOBER 2013 EDITION

  • Welfare Reform and the Implications for Local Government
  • Prime Minister raises doubts on Universal Credit
  • AWICS Welfare Reform Seminar
  • Cuts to Local Services Deepen
  • Value for Money and Performance Management
  • Local Government Employment Falls
  • Advertisement: Scottish Social Housing Finance
  • Potential Nuclear Waste Store in Cumbria

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AUGUST 2013 EDITION

  • Comprehensive Spending Review 2013
  • Infrastructure Statement 2013
  • Parliament debates Penrith railway station disabled access
  • Personal Independence Payments
  • CIPFA students sit their exams
  • Advertisement: National Housing Federation Conference on Service Charges – Adrian Waite to speak
  • Eleven enterprise zones will benefit from a £150million boost
  • CIPFA have announced a new chief executive
  • Youth schemes are ‘failing’
  • UK public sector still has most expensive procurement process in Europe
  • Potential issues with EU and USA trade

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JUNE 2013 EDITION

  • June Spending Review – More cuts on the way? Is Value for Money the Answer?
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy publishes Annual Report & Accounts for 2012
  • Leisure Management – When and how should it be outsourced?
  • Investing in Infrastructure
  • Municipal Bonds Agency
  • Elderly Care Funding can’t wait until 2016
  • Interim Management Services

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MAY 2013 EDITION

  • The Queen's Speech 2013
  • The Budget 2013
  • Government Spending Review 2013
  • Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy Election Results
  • Adrian Waite appointed as CIPFA Examiner
  • Social Care spending reduced by £2billion
  • One in ten council spend over budget
  • Council Tax Benefit schemes given £100million transition funding

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MARCH 2013 EDITION

  • Council Tax Levels to Freeze in 2013/14?
  • Council Tax Reduction Scheme: Legal challenge to council tax reduction scheme in Haringey
  • European Union Referendum - A Dangerous Gamble with Britain’s Future?
  • 'Fair Deal' rewards councils that lead drive for growth
  • Rural business training for 90,000 entrepreneurs launched
  • Applications open for £240million skills fund Underused council offices to be put to use

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