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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The Weekly Policy Summary (WPS) provides links to the week's policy briefings and lists briefings to be published over the next two weeks. The WPS also highlights LGiU news and events, as well as local government people moves, other events and DCLG activity.
An analysis by political party of education and children's services issues, using published position papers and speeches, which might appear in the 2015 general election manifestos
Improving care services for people with learning disabilities or autism with behaviour that challenges: progress on the Winterbourne View programme
This briefing covers two reports: the NAO analyses why so many national commitments to improve services in the wake of the Winterbourne View scandal were widely missed and the report from key bodies such as the DH, NHS England, ADASS and the CQC identify actions to accelerate progress.
The Improving Access to Work for disabled people report highlights the value of the AtW programme, but also concerns about its administration and coverage. The briefing will be of interest to officers and members working in human resources, equalities and the local economy and to trade unions and disabled employees.
Delving into the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE): Implications for local authorities
Natural England has published Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey - the data is used to inform the Public Health Outcome Framework. The findings have implications for officers and members across a range of council departments, including public health, parks and leisure, planning and transport, and education
The Elphicke report, "From statutory provider to housing delivery enabler" argues that councils should take on a more central role in enabling the delivery of new housing by a variety of providers. This briefing will be of particular interest to everyone with responsibility for housing, planning, finance and growth.
DfE commissioned research on two-year olds in schools on setting up and development of provision, models of delivery, and staffing and financial sustainability. Includes checklists for schools, local authorities and the DfE.
This week at LGiU, we published the results of our finance survey in collaboration with MJ. We've also got one free member ticket available for an upcoming event on economic growth.