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The 2017 IFS Green Budget

March 3, 2017

The IFS produces a Green Budget every year in the weeks running up to the Budget, which this year will be 8 March. Issues covered include the economic and fiscal outlook, health and social care spending, incapacity and disability benefits, and the Apprenticeship Levy.





What song takes you back? Supporting people with dementia.

June 7, 2016 by Ingrid Koehler

I’d bet there’s a song that instantly takes you back to a moment in time, a period in your life, a feeling you had sharing the song with someone else. I bet there’s more than one. I bet you could pull together a whole playlist that would take you back…


Care and Continuity: contingency planning for provider failure

October 26, 2015

This briefing can also be viewed as a PDF: Care and Continuity briefing Summary The LGiU has produced a business continuity and contingency planning guide to help councils plan and deal with social care provider failure. Care and Continuity is part of a wider suite of products to support the implementation…


Improving care through failure

October 20, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

The Japanese art of kintsugi turns brokenness into beauty. The method of repair, using golden seams to rejoin shards, draws the eye to the what was once a point of failure and is now a more beautiful whole.  Having spent the past several months deeply imbedded in the issues around…


Options for integrated commissioning: Beyond Barker

August 20, 2015

Greater integration of health and social care has been a priority for some time, but progress can be slow. This Kings Fund report recommends a single local budget with a single commissioner to deliver integrated health and social care. Health and wellbeing boards 'plus' are an option for single commissioners.


The first 100 days: impact on local government

August 19, 2015

The first hundred days is a significant milestone in a new government’s journey. Have they been implementing manifesto commitments, what has been dropped or amended, what’s new? What is the impact and what does it tell us about what the political weather may hold for the next 1725 days?


Nuffield Trust: Reconsidering accountability in an age of integrated care

August 11, 2015

What will the new models of care promoted in the NHS Five Year Forward View mean for accountability in health and social care? This briefing outlines a Nuffield Trust viewpoint which argues that local authorities must act now to ensure that local accountability is not weakened.


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