financing

Systematic review of the impact of financial circumstances on access to post-16 learning in the Learning and Skills Council sector

This review aims to determine the impact of financial circumstances on access to learning in this sector. This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2005. Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.

Early intervention: smart investment, massive savings

Second independent report to Her Majesty's Government. It proposes two complementary approaches to funding: one is to use current public funding more effectively; the other is to mobilise additional investment from sources outside the public sector.

This will require a new approach to supporting service commissioners, providers and a new cadre of investors.

Funding adult social care over the next decade: who cares?

Council cut backs could see the loss of 81,000 care home beds over the next 10 years. The anticipated increase in the UK’s ageing population would, at the same time, increase demand by 18,000 in the same period. Therefore, almost 100,000 older people could be unable to access the care home places they need and, because of their frailty, many would have to be admitted to hospital, creating a bed blocking crisis for the NHS.
This report makes a number of recommendations for central and local government action.

Lean in Lanarkshire: a vehicle for improving quality and reducing costs

Presentation by Stuart Keys, Strategic LEAN Network Manager, NHS Lanarkshire at the Working Together to Meet the Financial and Reform Agenda Challenges event, held on Tuesday 11 January in Edinburgh.

Scottish councils response to financial challenges

Presentation by Wendy Harrington, Professional Development Manager with the Association of Directors of Social Work at the Working Together to Meet the Financial and Reform Agenda Challenges event, held on Tuesday 11 January in Edinburgh.

Norah Fry Research Centre: resources

Website resource with links to a range of publications on various subjects, including advocacy, sexuality and relationships, disabled children, personalisation and direct payments, and finance.

Next Practice

Recorded as part of the IRISS Masterclass Series workshops, this podcast details what next practice can offer to people using social services. Geoff Mulgan focuses on two main areas - productivity in the workplace and tools for innovation.

Inside out : the case for improving mental healthcare across the criminal justice system

Report describing the obstacles to court diversion schemes for offenders with mental health problems in England and Wales and arguing that early and more structured interventions by the health care and justice systems would improve care and reduce the cost of crime. It identifies examples of good practice in this area in England and Wales and points to the potential of a new model in mental health courts.

Aiming high for disabled children misses funding targets

The government launched its Aiming High for Disabled Children's programme for May 2007 to bring about a transformation of services across health and social care. Funding was provided to local authorities and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs). However, local authorities are reporting difficulties in getting PCTs to commit to developing services. In addition, funding for the programme has not been ring fenced and it is often not possible to identify what has been spent on disabled children.

Little Britons : financing childcare choice

Report assessing whether shifting the balance of funding from institutions to children, as well as spending more, would better meet twenty-first century family needs. It assesses research on parental preferences and reviews how state child care is funded, the way it supports individual families and its impact on the private and voluntary sectors.