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Health Committee report on public expenditure on health and social care

• This briefing summarises and comments on the recent report of the House of Commons Health Committee on public expenditure on health and social care.
• The report ranges widely over a number of important and topical issues in health and social care, including:
- allocation of resources
- deficits in NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts
- integration of health and social care
- reconfiguration of services
- system leadership
- competition
- ‘cherry picking’ of patients

• The report touches on a number of issues of particular concern to local authorities, including the strategic commissioning and ‘system leadership’ role of health and wellbeing boards which the Committee believes should be strengthened.
• The Committee concludes that:
- the NHS has provided savings during the first two years of the programme, but there is a question about how sustainable they are
- all possible straightforward savings have now been made
- the transformation of care that will be required to make the NHS sustainable in the future and able to deal with increasing demand has yet to take place.

• The briefing will be of interest to council Leaders, portfolio holders for health and social care, chairs of health and wellbeing boards and officers with health and social care responsibilities, including finance directors.

Consultation on reforming how people pay for their care and support

The Department of Health (DH) is consulting on how to implement major reforms to adult social care. The consultation covers:
- how to manage the large increase in demand from people who pay for their own care and support
- major changes to social care practices and systems including assessment and charging.

This policy briefing is focused on general aspects of reform that are likely to be particularly challenging to local authorities. It provides some initial comments.

Health, public health and social care round up: June 2013

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. The briefings are organised in the following categories:

*major developments in June
*health and social care reform and finance
*public health reform and practice
*health and social care quality and practice.

Health, public health and social care round up: May 2013

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. The briefings are organised in the following categories:

*major developments in May
*health and social care reform and finance
*public health reform and practice
*health and social care quality and practice.

Institute for Fiscal Studies – the outlook for public finances and spending

The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has published its “Green Budget” examining the challenges and choices confronting the Chancellor ahead of his Budget statement on 20 March. This briefing primarily addresses the outlook for public finances.
Current spending plans imply an average cut in public spending of one third across unprotected Whitehall departments by 2017-18.
In the meantime unprotected departments face in the final period of this Spending Review average additional cuts of 2.8% in their resource budgets, and 4.9% in capital spending in 2015-16.
In the case of local government, current trajectories imply a 3.4% cut in 2015-16 and 29.5% fall between 2010-11 and 2015-16.
While the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) separate ‘communities’ budget faces cuts of 7.2 %in 2015-16 and is predicted to fall by 70% between 2010-11 and 2015-16.
This briefing will be of interest to executive members, cabinet portfolio members and senior officers with responsibilities for finance.

Local Growth according to Pickles

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The Rt. Hon. Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, yesterday addressed the All Party Parliamentary Group on Local Government on the issue of economic growth.

C’llr Awards 2013: CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance

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The CCLA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Financial Performance seeks to celebrate and reward councillors for delivering value for money and better outcomes for local people. In the current context this is more important than ever. With a 50 year …

Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14

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The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, announced the Local Government Finance Settlement Consultation 2013/2014 to the House of Commons on Wednesday 19 December. Find out more here.

Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14

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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, will announce the Local Government Finance Settlement 2013/14 on Wednesday 19th December.

Whole Area and Neighbourhood Community Budgets – emerging issues and opportunities

This briefing on Whole Area and Community Budgets:
- describes the genesis of the community budget pilots,
- reviews the progress to date
- considers a number of major themes that are emerging from this work that will have huge significance for the future of local government as we approach the next spending review (expected 2015), almost regardless of the outcome of the specific pilots.
This briefing will be of interest to senior politicians, officials and our partners across the local government ‘family’, as well as specifically for policy officers involved in troubled families, partnership and neighbourhood working/collaborations. It is intended to revisit this issue with an additional briefing when the four whole area pilot business cases are released (expected October 31st), and in the aftermath of any Government response in the Autumn Statement (expected December 6th).