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Health, public health and social care round up: December 2014

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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Update on public health and planning – Winter 2014

New reports relevant to local authorities have been published on physical activity (Public Health England), healthy-weight environments (the Town and Country Planning Association), active planning (Gloucestershire NHS), access to natural spaces (UCL Institute of Health Equity), environmental regulations (Healthy Places Forum) and global planning for health (Royal Institute of Town Planning). This briefing summarises and…

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Health, public health and social care round-up: November 2014

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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Planning for the Better Care Fund

This report by the National Audit Office (NAO) accounts how government departments devised, amended and assured planning for the Better Care Fund (BCF). While the NAO believes that the fund has potential, it is highly critical of how it has been managed, and cast doubts over whether the programme will make the expected savings. This…

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Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

On 30 October, the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance (“the Commission”) published its Interim Report. This briefing summarises its contents and comments on them. The report invites further submissions from interested parties. This briefing also describes reaction to the interim report in the media and from the Government. This briefing will be particularly relevant…

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Carers strategy: second national action plan 2014-16

This update to the national carers strategy provides an overview of achievements since the last update in 2010 and sets out key action for the next two years. Major progress in identifying and supporting carers is being brought about by the Care Act and the Children and Families Act. The update encourages local areas to…

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Real voices: Coffey report on child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester

The inquiry into child sexual exploitation, chaired by Ann Coffey, MP for Stockport (and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Runaway and Missing Children and Adults) has published its report. Under the title Real Voices, the report prioritises the voices of children and young people . The inquiry examined changes made in safeguarding…

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The future of Armed Forces Community Covenants

This briefing looks at the needs of the armed forces community in the UK. It explores measures that local authorities have taken to meet these needs through Armed Forces Community Covenants and outlines government plans for the future of Community Covenants.

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On Your Radar October-November 2014

'On Your Radar' provides regular updates from central government and other key organisations. Updates identify what issues are likely to hit the headlines in the near future and also comment on currently-influential local governments issues. This edition contains: - Upcoming briefings - Government consultations - Select Committee inquiries - Legislation update - Previewing the Autumn…

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