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Roundtables: Independent Ageing

The LGiU held two regional roundtable events in December to discuss ways of ensuring older people have the information they need to manage their later years. The two events, supported by Partnership, were held in Nottingham and Bristol and involved senior officers and councillors from the East Midlands and South West. The events followed the…

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Public Health England operating model

The operating model gives more detail than has previously been available on how Public Health England (PHE) will be expected to work with local government and what their respective roles will be. Detail is also given of the proposed national, regional and local structures for PHE, including local units spanning a number of local authority…

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Updates on the new Public Health System

On 20 December, 2011 the Secretary of State for Health published policy updates on the new public health system. In a series of factsheets, the roles and responsibilities of local authorities are set out, including specific local authority public health functions, the role of the Director of Public Health and commissioning responsibilities.

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New approaches to supporting carers

The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities (CIRCLE) at Leeds University has carried out a national evaluation of the Department of Health’s Demonstrator Sites programme which aimed to improve carers’ health and wellbeing. The evaluation report on which this briefing is based contains numerous examples of good and innovative practice and will…

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MIND inquiry into acute and crisis mental health care

The recent inquiry by MIND, while commending examples of good practice, found a number of areas in which service users are being let down during periods of crisis. These include bad practice in relation to restraint and control, but also overly medicalised responses and a lack of both humanity and urgency in responding to people…

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Health, Public Health and Social Care Round-Up: October and November

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.

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Localisation issues in welfare reform: CLG Committee report

The CLG Select Committee's report into the proposed changes to the discretionary social fund, council tax benefit and housing benefit is very critical of the plans. The changes will have serious implications for all councils.

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Health Select Committee Report on Public Health

This briefing summarises and comments on the Health Committee’s report into public health which includes recommendations directly relevant to councils and highlights crucial financial issues such as the scale and distribution of the public health budget.

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Health and wellbeing boards – a new resource for local government

Fiona Campbell, one of the authors of a new LGA resource for health and wellbeing boards and a regular contributor to LGIU briefings, discusses the findings of the research she and Christine Heron carried out in developing the resource.

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