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Walk in my shoes: Understanding councils and the NHS working together

This briefing looks at the many ways local government and NHS teams work together and accompanies part one covering health and social care. From community planning to resilience, it is important to see that the work of both sectors is interlinked, mutually supportive and requires joint working to effectively deliver.

Scotland
Members & Global Local

Can AI help local government with regulatory inspections?

This briefing explores how artificial intelligence is transforming local government’s approach to regulatory obligations. It highlights AI’s role in automating inspections, providing insights, and enhancing efficiency and compliance, particularly in budget-constrained areas. The piece also discusses the challenges local authorities face and the importance of maintaining public trust while adopting new technologies.

England & Wales, Global With case study
Members

Health, public health and social care round-up: April–May 2024

In this latest update, the UK saw significant developments, including a general election announcement with health flagged as a key public issue. New reports highlight sustained public support for the NHS, concerns over its future, and workforce disputes. The Infected Blood Inquiry report criticised government and NHS failures while health sector reforms and patient choice…

England & Wales
Members

Giving kids a chance: Supporting children who risk missing out in 21st century Britain

Cuts in education and children’s services mean many youngsters risk missing out, however, it is not all doom and gloom. A new briefing sets out the bleak picture across the UK but also highlights efforts made by schools and local authorities to improve the experience of children and young people.

England & Wales, Scotland
Members

Empowering futures: Services that support disabled children and families in Scotland

This briefing highlights the many varied challenges, including poverty, housing, child protection and mental health issues, facing disabled children and families who care for those children. It considers the legislative and strategic policy framework to deliver services and the role of local authorities in addressing these challenges with case studies.

Scotland With case study
Members & Global Local

Is it too difficult to reform social care?

This briefing from University of Birmingham researchers explores the difficulties of social care reform which evoke key issues such as the rebalancing of central and local government relations and new fiscal challenges. Using the metaphor of a social care ecosystem, it outlines how this can help us think about reform.

England & Wales, Scotland