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Mapping climate disadvantage in England

August 4, 2015

A new online mapping tool published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation enables users in local authorities to explore "climate change disadvantage" at a neighbourhood scale across England. It brings together climate risk and social vulnerability spatially and is a unique tool for local authorities and their partners.

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Too special to fail?

June 4, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Most social care is provided by third parties. Sometimes those providers fail. Sometimes they fail because they basically run out of money and sometimes because they’re not providing good enough services. Whatever the cause, when failure is stark and sudden councils can find themselves scrambling to get people new places…

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Blue white spiral - health care round up

Health, public health and social care round-up: April 2015

May 5, 2015

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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Manifestos: Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats

April 16, 2015

It is clear that there has been a positive change to attitudes to devolving power to more local levels – but is it enough to guarantee transformation? We consider key points here from the manifestos - on devolution and other key areas like health and social care integration and housing.


What to do when care fails

March 25, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

People who need care need high quality and consistent care. But this doesn’t always happen. The providers who deliver the care sometimes fail. Maybe it’s a managerial failure or a market failure or some combination of factors. Whatever the cause, this leaves vulnerable people – sometimes suddenly – even more…


Key Questions: following up the Home Care Commission

February 25, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

In Key to Care, we recommended that councils look at their commissioning practice and implement more user focused services using outcomes rather than time and task. Buckinghamshire County Council invited us in yesterday to talk about Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce and to facilitate a conversation between themselves…

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DCLG inspection of Rotherham MBC (Casey report)

February 12, 2015

This briefing summaries the Department for Communities and Local Government's report of the inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. The Secretary of State ordered the inspection, which was led by Louise Casey CB in the wake of the Jay Report on child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

Blue white spiral - health care round up

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Ofsted Annual Report 2013-14

December 18, 2014

This briefing summarises and analyses the 'The Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills 2013/14', which was published on 10 December 2014. This briefing will be of interest to leaders and other elected members with responsibility for education, senior officers, teachers and leaders in…

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