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Interim results: LGiU survey on outcome-based commissioning in adult social care

This briefing describes the initial findings of a LGiU and Mears survey on council commissioning in domiciliary care. The survey results provide a snapshot of council practice in relation to outcome-based commissioning. The briefing also makes a call for examples of commissioning innovation from local authority members. It is relevant to policy officers and commissioners…

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Department of Health update on public health funding

The Department of Health published an update on public health funding for local government on 14 June 2012. The document sets out current thinking on local authority public health finance and in particular: the next steps on moving from the estimates of baseline spending published in February 2012 to actual allocations for 2013-14 which are…

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A good education for all – Ofsted responses to consultations

Ofsted has published its responses to the recent consultations on proposals for amended inspection arrangements for maintained schools, Academies and Free Schools; further education and skills; and initial teacher education. The responses include details of the new arrangements, which will apply to inspections from September 2012.

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Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care

This briefing summarises and comments on a report of a research review by the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The report aims to give providers and users of services an overview of the research evidence for joint and integrated working. It focuses on jointly-organised services for older people and people with mental health problems in…

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Local 2.0: How digital technology empowers local communities

Local 2.0 was a DCLG funded project, that aimed to learn “how local communities can be empowered through social media and other digital technologies”. Key findings were: - hyperlocal media sites can have a positive, although not transformative, effect on the residents and communities traditional digital communication channels like email and SMS appear more important…

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Putting victims first – More effective responses to anti-social behaviour

The briefing provides a summary of the Government’s white paper on improving the approach to anti-social behaviour. The proposals are designed to put the needs of the victim first. A number of proposals stem from identified weaknesses in current anti-social behaviour powers that are cumbersome, difficult to apply and routinely breached. The briefing will be…

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Meeting the Challenge on Child Poverty: Recent Research findings

• The Coalition Government has adopted the child poverty targets for 2020 set by the former Labour Government. The Child Poverty Act 2010 provides for accountability at local and national level thus ensuring continuing research and debate. The Government’s adviser on social mobility, Alan Milburn, has suggested accepting that the main central income based accountability…

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Big Society Audit

In May, think tank the Civil Exchange, published a report on the Government’s Big Society agenda, which it claims to be the first independent audit of David Cameron’s flagship programme, highlighting the opportunities and challenges faced by Whitehall as it takes forward the Big Society agenda. This briefing will set out the report’s findings and…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: May 2012

The health, public health and social care round-up summarises new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers interested in health and social care. It is intended to be a digested read and provides links to the source documentation of major reports for further consideration. The briefings are organised in the…

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Local Government Finance Bill – update and supplementary information

This Briefing is an update on the various measures contained within the Local Government Finance Bill. During May, the Department of Communities and Local Government released a series of documents providing supplementary documents containing further detailed information on how the key aspects of the Bill will operate.

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