Hospitals are too expensive for anything but specialist ‘non-mobile’ treatment

Plans to improve out of hospital care for the elderly & vulnerable will reduce emergency admissions, the DH and DCLG announced last week.  Following a review of the first set of local plans for the Better Care Fund, a renewed agreement has strengthened a commitment to bring health & care service providers closer together to make joint decisions, ensuring more people receive joined-up, personalised care closer to home. The fund and the benefits it is creating will be an enduring feature of health and care provision beyond 2016.

Building on existing practices whereby local government already purchases care services from a range of suppliers, the fund, with a shared budget of at least £3.8bn, will bring (from April 2015):

  • more dignity & independence for the frail & elderly by providing the care they need at or closer to home
  • 7-day health & care services — to ensure that people can access the care they need when they need it
  • a named professional— who can join up services around individuals, and prevent them from falling through the gaps
  • better data sharing — so that people don’t need to endlessly repeat their story to every professional who cares for them
  • joint assessments — so that services can work together to assess and meet people’s needs all in one go
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Cloud Services & the Government Security Classifications Policy

On 2 April 2014, the Government Security Classification (GSC) policy was introduced which will replace the previous GPMS after a period of parallel running. 

The GSC policy replaces the previous six Impact Levels (ILs) with just three classifications; OFFICIAL, SECRET and TOP-SECRET.

As there is no mapping between the previous Impact Levels and the new categories, public sector organisations are encouraged to make their own decision as to whether suppliers are applying the necessary controls to ensure appropriate protection of their data and systems.

This white paper provides public sector organisations with advice and guidance to help them make appropriate use of cloud services without compromising the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the information which makes up their digital and shared services.

Not all cloud services are created equal, so how public sector organisations can safely select appropriate cloud services is explained.

Click here to download your copy of 'Cloud Services & the Government Security Classifications Policy'.

Sugaring the ‘bitter pill’ of HS2

Proposals for additional assistance for property owners in rural areas close to the route of HS2 between London and the West Midlands have been published for consultation by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.  The consultation sets out further information on 2 schemes - an alternative cash offer and a homeowner payment scheme - (closes on 30 September 2014).

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Fewer future NEETs

Councils have been praised for turning around the lives of almost 53,000 troubled families in little over 2 years.  This means that:

  • children are back in school for 3 consecutive terms where they were previously truant or excluded
  • high levels of youth crime and anti-social behaviour have been significantly reduced
  • and/or adults that were on benefits have been in work for at least 3 months
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No better than selling their children into slavery

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is raising awareness of Forced Marriage amongst victims & professionals through Forced Marriage Awareness week.  School summer holidays are a peak time for young people to be taken overseas and forced into marriage against their will.  The FMU used social media to highlight this issue from 7-11 July.

Last year 40% of cases in which the FMU gave advice or support involved victims aged 17 or under. In some cases victims are taken on what they have been told is a holiday to visit family abroad, but in fact a marriage has been planned.  Once abroad, victims are often even more isolated than they might have been in the UK and getting help is more difficult.

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A less ‘visual’ alternative for greener energy?

A UK carbon storage project that would support up to 2,000 jobs and provide clean electricity to more than 630,000 homes has received a funding boost of €300m from the European Commission.  The White Rose project, based at Britain’s largest coal-fired power station, the Drax plant in Yorkshire, is one of Europe’s first carbon capture & storage (CCS) projects.  When built, the plant would capture around 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions, and would safely store 2m tonnes of carbon dioxide p.a. under the North Sea seabed.

NER300 is a European Commission programme that funds innovative renewable energy technology and CCS projects, and White Rose is the only CCS project in Europe to be allocated funds under the programme.  The White Rose project, along with another CCS project based in Peterhead, are benefiting from around £100m from the UK Government to support design and engineering work. Both projects are eligible for the remaining £1bn of support under the CCS Commercialisation Programme.

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Essential holiday reading!

Many European travellers do not even know how & where they can get the right information about basic passenger rights.  A smartphone app explains everything in detail, in 25 languages, and wherever, whenever the traveller needs it.  It is designed to help when passengers are stranded at airports or stations because of delays, cancellations, denied boarding, or because they're luggage is missing.  It will also help passengers with reduced mobility needing assistance and provide information in case of accidents & damage to luggage.

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Will it power-up?

The UK government have announced they are stepping up some of their aviation security measures including hand luggage restrictions when flying to and from the UK.

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Any views on funding of FE & Skills Training?

The Skills Funding Agency has launched their 4th annual survey to colleges, training organisations & employers and they are keen to receive your feedback & views on how they have been performing.  Over the last 12 months they have worked very closely with the further education (FE) sector to improve the way they fund FE & skills training in England.  The survey is open until Friday, 25 July 2014.

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Comment on NHS future funding proposals

Monitor, in partnership with NHS England, is holding a number of webinars & workshops during July & August to inform, engage & seek your views on the development of the National Tariff 2015/16.  The proposed tariff documents will be published soon.  There are no charges for watching a webinar or attending a workshop.

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Perhaps he could also do something to increase publicity for government consultations

Eric Pickles asked the newspaper industry & councils to work together on new pilots when speaking to council leaders at the LGA annual conference, calling for new technology & innovation to bring municipal statutory notices into the modern 21st century era.

This could include paid digital advertising; using location-specific mobile technology; and pooling statutory notices – so rather than being at the back of a newspaper in 9 point text, they would be up front in the hard copy newspaper, with links for residents to find out more.  Mr Pickles said council-run newspapers were not a viable alternative.  Newspapers should not face unfair taxpayer-funded competition.

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Lack of clarity encourages inconsistency

The law that governs how public bodies share data must be ‘modernised, simplified & clarified’, according to the Law Commission. Law reform will help to create a principled & clear legal structure for protecting individual privacy and for the data sharing required by today’s public bodies and the people they serve.  The review has identified a widespread lack of knowledge & understanding among public bodies of the circumstances in which information may be disclosed, to whom and for what purposes.

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Candle of Remembrance

Everyone in the UK is invited to take part in #LightsOut by turning off their lights from 10pm to 11pm on Monday 4 August, leaving on a single light or candle for a shared moment of reflection on the 100 year anniversary of the First World War.

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In March 2011, Her Majesty’s Government announced that 25% of all direct and indirect central government spend should be with SMEs by 2015, a truly ambitious target, given that annual government and public sector expenditure on goods and services is currently £230Billion (or £1 of every £7 spent in the UK).

Many of WiredGov’s stakeholder departments within Central Government (including HM Treasury, Cabinet Office, Home Office, BIS and DCLG) have been working hard to deliver this aspiration with direct spend to SMEs increasing from 6.5% in 2009/10 to 10.5% in 2012/13 but there is obviously a great deal more work to be done.

‘Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of the British economy and I am determined that we, working with private sector do everything we can to help them start up and grow.’
The Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister
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These combined new services are being 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.

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