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National evaluation of integrated care pilots

The national evaluation of integrated care pilots shows a mixed picture of effectiveness in terms of patient satisfaction and cost. The evaluation suggests practical ways for how organisations can best approach integrating services. This briefing will be of interest to those seeking to integrate local health and adult social care services.

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Government Alcohol Strategy

This briefing provides an overview of the government’s recently published alcohol strategy (March 2012). - The strategy is intended to tackle the problem of ‘binge drinking’, estimated to cost the country as a whole an annual £21 billion. - The most eye-catching proposal is the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol in England…

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After the Riots

After the Riots, the final report by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel chaired by Darra Singh, concludes that ‘the key to avoiding future riots is to have communities that work’, and warns that unless immediate action is taken, riots will re-occur. To build social and economic resilience in communities, the Panel makes 63 recommendations.…

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The Health and Social Care Act: final stages and comment

This briefing covers the final parliamentary stages of the Health and Social Care Act, looks at key issues from the perspective of local government, such as challenges facing councils and health, and looks ahead. The final stages of the Bill produced few significant changes that directly affect local government but there were amendments that are…

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

This briefing can also be downloaded as a pdf through this link Health, Public Health and Social Care Round-up March 2012 Summary 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…

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Welfare Reform Act 2012

*The Welfare Reform Act puts into law one of the government’s flagship bills, which ministers claim marks the biggest overhaul of the benefits system since the 1940s. * This briefing explains the key components of the Act, including the merging of several benefits into Universal Credit, significant changes to Housing Benefit and Employment Support Allowance,…

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Budget Briefing 2012: Headline announcements

On Wednesday 21 March the Chancellor of the Exchequer presented his Budget for 2012, setting out the Government’s plans for the economy and public finances in the year ahead. This briefing sets out areas of specific relevance to local government.

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Cities Fit For Cycling

The launch of The Times Cities Fit for Cycling Campaign has put the conditions for safe cycling onto the political agenda, and put the role of local authorities under the spotlight. This briefing provides an update on the debate and an overview of the ways in which local authorities can contribute to safer cycling conditions…

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Report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care

This briefing outlines the report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care, set up by the NHS Confederation, Age UK and the Local Government Association. The report is out for consultation until 27 March. It covers issues of dignity for older people in hospitals and care homes and make recommendations for change to each…

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The Rights of Disabled People to Independent Living

This report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights indicates that the right of people with a disability to independent living is at risk from factors such as the economic climate and welfare reforms. The Committee makes a number of recommendations for national and local government, which are asked to monitor and report on the…

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