Due to the Government purdah on EU-related news items the next newsletters will be published on 27 June. 

What is the cost of not ‘fixing the problem’?

A look at the high financial & human cost of inaction when working with someone who sleeps rough – and the case it makes for a Housing First approach.



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A bit of Balance

The Treasury Committee has published its report 'The economic & financial costs and benefits of the UK’s EU membership'.  Commenting on the report, Right Hon. Andrew Tyrie MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee, said:

“The arms race of ever more lurid claims and counter-claims made by both the Leave and Remain sides is not just confusing the public. It is impoverishing political debate……. The public are thoroughly fed up with them.  The public are right.”

‘Direction of travel’ for EU
The cure to the EU's ills is more solidarity, more rule of law, more synergies and more integration, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told MEPs on 8 June (2016).  …. "I want that we all start new engines of integration," he said, "The enlargement process, more efficient and coordinated common European foreign, defense and security policy, the European Energy Union, the Single Digital Market, the EU Capital Markets Union and others."
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It’s not how long one lives, but how ‘Well’

The World Health Organization (WHO) has set targets for a 25% reduction in early deaths from common long-term conditions between 2010 & 2025. The Richmond Group-funded study forecasts that without action the UK will miss this target, but that coordinated action could save lives above & beyond the WHO target and prevent a total of 1.12m years lived with disability (YLD) by 2025.

SME Supplier Locator update...

UK Government and public sector spend with SME’s is continually on the increase and by 2020, it is the stated intent of Cabinet Office that £1 of every £3 spent on government contracts goes to SME’s. The past 5 years have seen government make a priority of getting money through its supply chain into the hands of SMEs, by both setting targets and introducing new procurement mechanisms.

Against this backdrop, the WiredGov Supplier Locator service has been developed specifically to embrace the SME Agenda and provide the ideal platform for SME’s to promote their services, solutions, accreditation and success stories directly to our ever increasing audience across all government and public sector verticals and Tier 1 suppliers.

Click here to find out more and view this week’s new arrivals to the SME Supplier Locator service. 

The issue gets more urgent (& costly) every year

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, the Local Government Association's Community Wellbeing spokeswoman, welcomes the launch of an inquiry by the CLG Committee into the financial sustainability of local authority social care.

We already know opportunities have been missed!
The CQC are looking at how NHS acute, community healthcare & mental health trusts investigate deaths and learn from their investigations.  They also want to assess whether opportunities to prevent deaths have been missed.
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But what about the digitally excluded?
Improving the quality of adult social care visits, introducing live web chat for council taxpayers and an app that saves £20,000 in a year are just 3 examples of ways councils are using digital tools & solutions to improve services and cut costs.
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Ensuring a healthy start to life
Since the launch of the maternity report Better Births a lot has been happening.  The Review Team has been out & about promoting the seven themes in the report and their determination to ensure its 28 recommendations will be implemented.
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Do you ‘care’ about retaining talented staff?
Just 34% of employers have a formal, written policy or an informal, verbal policy in place to support working carers in their workplace, according to a new survey published recently by the CIPD.  With estimates suggesting that 3 in 5 people will end up caring for someone at some point in their lives, employers are being urged to put mechanisms in place to empower & support working carers, before they lose out on key talent.
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Information for redundant BHS workers

BHS entered insolvency on 25 April 2016.  Duff & Phelps were appointed as administrators.  There are special arrangements for employees who have been dismissed following BHS entering administration.  You might be entitled to redundancy and other contractual payments from the National Insurance Fund.  These payments are subject to legal limits on the amount paid.


 More contributions to the EU Referendum

More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;

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Vote Leave - the campaign for a Leave vote in the EU referendum

Britain Stronger In Europe

Open Europe

Civitas:  Treasury warning about impact of Brexit ignores published evidence

PC&PE:  Costs & benefits of UK's EU membership report published

Electoral Commission confirms EU citizens cannot vote at the EU referendum

Electoral Commission statement on postal voting instructions

EU News:  A European agenda for the collaborative economy

PC&PE:  Home Office fails to remove equivalent of 'small town' of foreign offenders

Electoral Commission update on non-eligible EU citizen voters

EU News:  ESA Regulations to be incorporated into the European Economic Area (EEA) Agreement

IEA:  EU transport policies impose heavy costs on taxpayers for little gain

IEA:  Scrap trade agreements to boost free trade

EU News: EC releases 2016 Convergence Report

EU News:  EC announces New Migration Partnership Framework

EC presents Action Plan on Integration and reforms 'Blue Card' scheme for highly skilled workers from outside the EU

Stripping 138 Turkish MPs of immunity undermines the rule of law, say MEPs

Bulgarian President: "EU integration only weapon to achieve peace and security"

Editor’s Note:  We suggest readers monitor the ‘News’ sections of the 2 campaign sites for the 2 differing views.  The WGPlus newsletter will mainly limit itself to highlighting ‘normal’ EU-related news, plus Think Tank items, PC&PE reports, etc.


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In the western Balkans, settlements that emerged after conflicts in the 1990s were designed to create political stability. This led to a large number of small municipalities, each with relatively weak powers. Now, the region is moving towards a more functional form of local government – and, as Jonathan Carr-West of the LGiU found out on a trip across Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania, there are some pertinent lessons for English devolution.

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Spare a thought for the returning officers running the EU referendum

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Energy companies are cheaper and cleaner when run by the council

Energy companies are cheaper and cleaner when run by the council
Michael Jacobs: London mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to set up a council energy company

My NHS dementia unit is about to close and I fear for my patients

My NHS dementia unit is about to close and I fear for my patients
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Finally, councils will have the power to improve local bus services

Finally, councils will have the power to improve local bus services
Judith Blake: Buses are in decline everywhere but London, but the buses bill will help cities like Leeds

News in brief
• Cabinet Office under fire over referendum registration 'shambles'
• North Somerset council rejects £1bn devolution deal
• Northern Ireland police federation sets up mental health fund
• Spat continues over civil service plan to ask candidates about their background
• EU referendum polling cards wrongly sent to 3,462 people