Health, public health and social care round-up: February 2023

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policies, research and publications that are relevant to councillors and officers interested in health and social care. Big topics this month include the cost of care, workforce issues and delayed discharges, among others.

England & Wales, Scotland
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Is gambling regulation up to scratch?

This is the second briefing in our series on gambling. It looks at the current application process in Victoria for new or additional gaming machines, how decisions are implemented, and (critically) whether this is achieving the aim of the Gambling and Regulation Act 2003 (Vic).

Members & Global Local

Failing families: Sharing learning on maternal and child healthcare

This briefing aims to provide an overview of the current landscape of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) in the United Kingdom, and the ways that local councillors can interact with their constituents to best support and improve their health and wellbeing during this period. 

England & Wales, Global, Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Think Tank Review: January 2023 Housing affordability, data for policy formation and more

Our monthly review highlights key findings from leading think tanks and research institutes across the globe. This edition features publications on housing affordability; involving refugees in place-making; shortages in the care workforce; lessons from German reunification; welfare reform; and using data to improve policy making.

With case study
Members & Global Local

Health and social services reform in Finland – Centralising local government services

This briefing provides insight into the controversial health and social services reform that is being rolled out in Finland right now. It looks at the years leading up to the large-scale reform that is fundamentally changing the provision and funding of services that were historically within a local government remit.


Meeting the challenges of an ageing society

The UK is an ageing society with a rising number of older disabled people. This briefing looks at the challenges that this poses and explores case study examples of what local authorities are doing to meet those challenges.

England & Wales, Scotland

Leave no one behind: State of health and health inequalities in Scotland today

This briefing highlights how the Scottish Government approach to public health needs to be more focused and supported with resources locally. It also covers the ‘implementation gap’ and advocates for more achievable short term goals to complement the national performance framework.


Performance Tracker 2022: public services after two years of Covid-19

After two years of Covid-19 and ten years of austerity, public services are in bad shape, according to the latest Performance Tracker from the Institute for Government and CIPFA. This briefing explores the listed ‘common’ problems including Covid backlogs, staff shortages and a legacy of under-investment.

England & Wales