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The furore around Ministerial reshuffles has all but disappeared which surely provides our new Ministers with some much needed space to start thinking about setting their agendas for the duration of this political term.  DCLG in particular have seen some considerable turnover with the departure of Housing Minister Mark Prisk, Communities Minister Don Foster and […]

Nothing else matters

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with a unitary authority to help to identify ways savings can be made in services providing housing-related support to vulnerable people. These services are expecting a 10% cut in funding next year, and up to 20% over the next 3 years. That’s a staggering amount […]


Politicisation, Prioritisation and Postcodes, that is. This month the responsibility for sexual health commissioning has been transferred over to local authorities. This is a big coup for councils since they relinquished public health in the 1970s and it is also an open opportunity to reduce health inequality through integrated and localised care. The choices about […]


Today, after months of integration, public health officially becomes the responsibility of local government once again. Many of those working in local government see this as “public health coming back home.”  To understand the weight behind this statement it is important to question why public health moved from its ‘home’ originally. To understand this question […]


One of the announcements in yesterday’s budget was that the care cap recommended in the Dilnot report will be introduced in 2016 rather than 2017. It will cap care costs at £72,000 (rather than the £35,000 Dilnot had recommended) and will raise the threshold for the means test on residential care from just over £23,000 […]

Somebody else’s money?

Following on from the publication last year of our report on social investment, several of our clients are now beginning to consider whether a Social Impact Bond could be an effective way of financing innovative models of service delivery. Essex County Council is leading the way for testing Social Impact Bonds (or SIBs) in local […]


My mum once told me that the day (long ago, sorry mum!) she decided not to be a social worker any longer, was when a quirk in policy and process at her council meant that a highly distressed mother and vulnerable child clearly in need of help came through the door, and her main concern […]


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