local authorities

In July 1998, the former Scottish Executive introduced a series of twice yearly counts of this population (undertaken in January and July) to establish standardised and consistent estimates across Scotland. The purpose of the count is to better understand the characteristics of this population and to assist and inform the development of public policies and services for Gypsies/Travellers, both nationally and locally.

This briefing reports initial results from the disabled children's services indicator for 2008-9. These figures support National Indicator 54, which is to assess parent's experiences of services provided to disabled children and is one of the "vital sign" indicators for Primary Health Care Trusts.

Report by the Scottish Fuel Poverty Forum outlining a strategy to make the most effective use of existing resources to help achieve the Scottish Government's target of eliminating fuel poverty "as far as is reasonably practicable by 2016".

UK Government response to a consultation on proposals for making public bodies and officials more accountable to the communities they serve.

Last year Communities and Local Government worked with the Citizenship Foundation to publish the Citizens' Day Framework. This guidance is the next step and suggests ways in which councils, voluntary groups and other organisations can encourage a sense of belonging. It is aimed at local cohesion practitioners and will be particularly relevant where they are working in areas where building a sense of belonging is a key priority, or where it supports the delivering of improved community cohesion in other areas.

Report of the Inquiry into the cases of abuse which occurred at Kerelaw Residential School and Secure Unit over a number of years. The report details the Inquiry's findings and lists its recommendations for better residential child care practices and procedures.

Paper giving an overview of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, under which local authorities and primary care trusts in England must identify the needs of the local population in order to provide the evidence base to inform priority-setting, planning and service commissioning to meet those needs.

UK Government document reviewing the lessons which have been learned since the Government's Teenage Pregnancy Strategy began in 1999 and setting out the actions which will help local authorities and primary care trusts to achieve a 50% conception rate reduction target.

Guidance document setting out the main provisions of the law on child employment. It is aimed mainly at local authorities, employers and parents to increase understanding and effective operation of the law. It includes best practice advice to help those implementing the law deal with the sorts of questions they regularly face.

This report draws on the learning from six councils and shows how they have begun to change their approach to contracting, service development and provider relationships to be more compatible with the aims of personalisation and personal budgets. It provides a summary of the main components of the contractual models identified (personal budgets, service personalisation and outcomes focused framework contracts), a framework for understanding the relationship between them and a brief account of the key messages from the case studies.