financing

Practical guide to preparing for mental health payment by results

Mental health payment by results is a funding methodology which aims to predict mental health need and cost more accurately. The methodology involves identifying service users with similar characteristics (they are to be grouped into 21 "clusters") and will be allocated to groups using an assessment tool.

This practical guide contains 10 actions to help local areas prepare for mental health payment by results policy. The guide also contains a glossary of common terminology and a check-list to help commissioners of services.

School funding and social justice : a guide to the pupil premium

Report examining the system of funding for schools in England. It concludes the system should be reformed and recommends part of the reform should be the introduction of a premium for pupils from more disadvantaged backgrounds. It argues a pupil premium would enable schools to plan their budgets around their admissions and fund programmes to improve educational attainment.

Mapping the terrain : 16-19 funding transfer (LGA research report)

In April 2010 the Learning and Skills Council in England will be abolished and responsibility for planning and commissioning education and training for 16–18 year olds will move to local authorities. This report looks at local authorities’ early experiences of the transfer to help inform planning, especially with regard to work- force capacity.

The Scottish Human Rights Commission

This document sets out the Scottish Executive’s detailed proposals for a Scottish Human Rights Commission. The Scottish Executive believes that this new body will be a key means to ensure that human rights are protected in Scotland and will also help to develop a ‘culture’ of human rights. By promoting human rights, the Commission will work to ensure that you are more aware of your rights in the future and that you understand how they apply to you and to your family. This consultation paper focuses on the remit, functions and structure of the Commission.

Credit Unions in Scotland : second report of session 2008-09

Report of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee looking at Credit Unions in Scotland. In particular, it looks at the future for Credit Unions in Scotland and the questions of financial exclusion and financial literacy and affordable lending, credit and debt.

Footing the bill : reforming the police service

Paper investigating the challenges police forces in England and Wales face in controlling costs and balancing protective services, counter-terrorism and response policing. It offers suggestions for addressing the funding shortfall, providing neighbourhood policing and achieving a more effective and efficient service.

Social landlords in Scotland : shaping up for improvement

Report summarising findings from the regulation and inspection work of the Scottish Housing Regulator and focusing on those areas where there is room for improvement in services for tenants, homeless people and other users of services of social housing providers.

The protection of children in England : a progress report

Report containing Lord Laming's findings on the progress being made in implementing effective arrangements for protecting children in England following his Victoria Climbie Inquiry and his recommendations for further actions to be taken.

Rights within reach : developing effective legal advice outreach services for young people

Report highlighting the benefits that investment in legal services targeted at young people can bring. These include cutting the numbers of young people not in education, employment or training and reducing the likelihood of young people offending.

All change please : putting the best new healthcare ideas into practice

Paper arguing that the management structure and culture of the NHS in England often acts as an impediment to innovation and the introduction of new ideas which may benefit patients and offering suggestions as to how this situation can be improved.