Topic: Welfare and equalities

Poverty and inequality are financial challenges for local authorities and threaten the cohesion of their communities.

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The social and economic impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot

The Social and Economic Impact of the Rotherham Social Prescribing Pilot is part of a wider GP-led Integrated Case Management Pilot. It finds that Social Prescribing reduces use of hospital resources by patients with long-term chronic conditions by one fifth provides a model for future micro-commissioning of community level services across a wide range of…

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The future of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund

This briefing looks at the implications of the proposed closure of the Local Welfare Assistance Fund and examines options for its continuation.

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On the Party Conferences Radar

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and how the parties envisage the…

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Supporting people with no recourse to public funds

This briefing estimates the numbers affected by no recourse to public funds (NRPF), and draws on good practice from councils and other agencies to identify what can be done to assist them.

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Serious Crime Bill: Protection of Children

The Serious Crime Bill, which is currently before Parliament, contains a number of wide-ranging provisions to pursue, disrupt and bring to justice, serious and organised criminals and gangs. This briefing focuses on Part 5 of the Bill covering three provisions on the protection of children. This briefing will be of interest to cabinet portfolio members…

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The legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games: tackling physical inactivity

This briefing reviews the current and future direction of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy, from three key publications: the Government’s second annual report on the Olympic legacy, Inspired by 2012: The legacy from the Olympic Paralympic Games; Public Health England’s draft framework to tackle physical inactivity, Everybody Active, Every Day; and the Culture, Media and…

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Chief Medical Officer’s annual report 2013: specialising in public mental health

The second volume of the annual report of the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, has been published. The report has been widely welcomed and in local government has specific relevance for members of health and wellbeing boards, public health professionals, social care and mental health professionals working with both children and young people and…

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A vision for care fit for the twenty-first century: Commission on Residential Care

The Commission on Residential Care describes how ‘residential care’ can shift from being a service that most people dread, to one that helps people live the lives they want. It makes recommendations for national and local government, the NHS and other partners. Core to this is a proposal to separate the elements of ‘care’ and…

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The impact of public spending cuts on women

This briefing brings together evidence from Unison, the Women's Resource Centre, Women's Budget Group and universities to assess the impact of recent government spending cuts on women.

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Report of the Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England (Barker report)

This briefing summarises and comments on the report of the Barker Commission established by the King’s Fund to look at the future of health and social care in England. The Commission, whose members included a senior officer of the LGA, has made radical recommendations for raising additional funding for public provision for an integrated system…

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