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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:

OCTOBER 2017 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

  • Conservative Party Conference: Policy Announcements
  • Reforms to Student Finance
  • The United Kingdom Economy
  • National Health Service is ‘facing catastrophe'
  • The Scottish Government’s new Fiscal Powers and Budgetary Process
  • Prosperity for All in Wales
  • Cumbria County Council Leader warns of Perfect Storm
  • Evidence based Politics
  • Private Finance Initiative
  • AWICS Surveys
  • Housing Business Planning in an Uncertain Environment
  • Advertisement - Infobase Cymru

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Earlier editions include:

JULY 2017 EDITION

This edition features articles on:

The General Election, the Economy and Public Finances
AWICS is Passionate about Public Services
The Prospects for Adult Social Care
About Business Planning
Scottish Local Government Funding Settlement
Local Government Reform in Wales
Globalisation and Empowering Citizens
Management Consulting for Trade Unions
AWICS Website, Survey and Seminars
Advertisement - Infobase Cymru

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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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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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