Is it because we cannot see / touch mental health symptoms?

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, LGA Community Wellbeing spokesperson has responded to the Mind press release about mental health funding: 

Mental health charity Mind has found that local authorities in England spend an average of 1% of their public health budget on mental health. ….. While local authorities spend £ms on physical health programmes, Mind’s findings show that most areas of the country spend close to nothing on preventing mental health problems.  …….Currently, any spending on public mental health is reported under ‘miscellaneous’, grouped together with 14 other areas.  Mind argues that this undermines the Government’s commitment to giving mental health equality with physical health.

This comes despite the fact that it is conservatively estimated that mental health problems cost health & social care services £21bn annually, with a further £30bn lost in economic output.

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LGA responds to Mind press release about mental health funding

Not everyone is capable of asking for checks

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NHS Confed: Response to King's Fund on mental health under pressure

Are we prepared to ‘re-slice the revenue cake’ to pay for it

This impacts on the economy as well as individuals

Protecting the liberty of those who are less able to protect themselves

Let’s hope ‘pooling’ works better for the NHS than for the euro group

One never knows if a sudden crisis will impact on you or a family member

Mental health of teenagers

New measures to ensure faster mental health treatment in Wales

20,000 give views on mental health service change priorities

NHS England launches first stage of new programme to improve young people’s mental health services

Work Foundation - Greater evidence-based help needed for depressed workers

LGA responds to scope report 'Disabled people in crisis'

LGA responds to Respublica report on care home crisis

NO:  Adult social care complaints to the Ombudsman on the increase


2015 Local Government e-Invoicing Survey Report

The adoption of e-invoicing in the UK public sector is gathering pace, with studies showing that the use of this technology can save councils thousands of pounds each year.

This latest survey, carried out in association with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Local Government Association,and the UK National e-Invoicing Forum conducted research into the way in which organisations across the UK local government are moving towards e-invoicing. 

Key findings include:

  • 56% of participants are currently unable to calculate how much each invoice costs their organisation to process
  • 64% stated that they were not aware of how new legislation around e-invoicing would impact their organisation
  • 39% of surveyed organisations are looking to invest in e-invoicing in the coming year

Click here to download your free copy of the survey report.

Not just ‘major’ projects now
The government has announced that Infrastructure UK and the Major Projects Authority are to merge.  The new organisation, which will be called the Infrastructure & Projects Authority, will bring together government expertise in the financing, delivery & assurance of these projects, which range from large scale infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and the Thames Tideway Tunnel to major transformation programmes such as Universal Credit.  It will come into formal existence on 1 January 2016.
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HMT:  Government creates new body to help manage & deliver major projects for UK economy

The smarter way to develop a national infrastructure

MOD publishes equipment plan update & welcomes independent report

Major Projects Report 2015 & the Equipment Plan 2015 to 2025

Details of £2bn roads plan for the East of England

Sir Ian Cheshire publishes his first Government Non-Executive annual report

MPA annual report shows improvements to government projects

Work of the Committee of Public Accounts 2010-15 report published

Committee reports on defence equipment and major projects

ScotGov:  Significant progress towards delivering major infrastructure projects

Universal Credit: progress update report

The proposed bill would improve how we fund, plan, manage & maintain our national infrastructure

Ambitious plans for housing, flood defence & roads set out in National Infrastructure Plan 2014

£ms to be invested in local infrastructure thanks to enterprise zones

Developing project leadership across government

MPA report shows improved project management

IfG Responds to the MPA Annual Report

Better value for money

HMRC 'Aspire' to unachievable transformation

Timing is everything when it comes to successful projects

Potential benefits for around 50% of the population
More than a 1m (Ed.; at any one time) could benefit from the first NICE clinical guideline on diagnosing & managing menopause.
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NICE issues first guideline on menopause to stop women suffering in silence

NICE:  Women with symptoms of menopause should not suffer in silence

New report from Dr Ros Altmann calls for greater support for over 50s in employment

EU breast cancer research targets personalised treatment

Menopause - NHS Choices

Daily Telegraph:  The menopause myth buster every woman should read

The British Menopause Society: For UK health professionals

Menopause management - rcog.org.uk

International Menopause Society

Not all terrorist threats involve violence
The GCHQ and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have launched CyberInvest, a £6.5m industry & Government scheme to support cutting edge cyber security research and protect the UK in cyber space.
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CESG:  £6.5m CyberInvest scheme to boost world-class UK cyber security research

techUK:  GCHQ announce industry-funded cyber security research scheme

CESG:  Certified Cyber Security Consultancy – Version 1.0 of the Standard and application form available now

NCA:  International public protection events offer online safety information

NCA:  Data sharing initiative enables action on 30,000 cyber crime threats

MoD:  UK-India Defence and International Security Partnership

Supplier Locator: November update…

Many of WiredGov’s stakeholder departments within Central Government have been working hard to deliver on the Government’s pledge that 25% of all direct and indirect central government spend should be with SMEs by 2015 but there is still a great deal more work to be done.

Against this backdrop, our 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.The most recent arrivals to the Supplier Locator include:

Function Fixers

118 Recruitment Solutions

Stratia Consulting Ltd

Kiwi Recruitment Ltd

Click here to find out how to register your company with the Supplier Locator.

How much of it could they afford with fiscal independence?
Deputy FM & Finance Secretary, John Swinney, will publish financial plans for the Scottish Government on December 16, 2015.

ScotGov:  Budget date 16 December

IFS:  Full fiscal autonomy delayed?

A problem that generates strong emotions
New tools & advice to help farmers protect their herds from TB have been unveiled as part of a new campaign to help eradicate bovine TB.  All advice on bovine TB is now available from one single website.  www.TBhub.co.uk is the ‘go-to’ place for British beef & dairy farmers to find practical advice covering everything from biosecurity measures to understanding trading rules.  The cross-industry campaign will also promote a new Bovine TB Biosecurity 5-Point Plan to improve disease prevention on farm and in the cattle trade.
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Defra:  Bovine TB biosecurity plan & information hub launched

WAG:  Badger vaccination underway in IAA

WAG:  Grant available for markets to upgrade facilities to display animals TB history

New measures to strengthen bovine TB strategy

Plans to eradicate bovine TB in England unveiled

Your chance to influence the future prospects of women in tech!
The ‘Women in Tech Council’ are holding elections to decide the next Chairperson.  Voting will close at 5pm on Monday 23 November 2015.
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Vote Now in techUK's Women in Tech Council Chair Election

A chance to be recognised

Paid to train, no student debt, good employment prospects for both women & men and vital for future UK economic success

Time for employers to accept that most professional, technical & managerial jobs need ‘Brains not Brawn’

The Scots might dispute this claim
Wales is the only country in the UK to provide round-the-clock support & advice for people approaching the end of their lives, a new report published recently shows.  Wales provides 24/7 services to ensure a specialist is always available to give advice to professionals caring for patients in their homes, in hospices and in hospitals across Wales.

Wales first to provide 24/7 support for people at the end of their lives

All Care should all be at the same (high) standard

All domiciliary care workers in Wales will need to be registered from 2020 before they can work in the social care sector, with adult residential care workers to follow in 2022.  Currently, social workers, social work students, residential child care managers & workers, adult care home managers & domiciliary care managers are required to register in order to work in the sector.

The new arrangements for the registration of domiciliary care workers will be made possible by the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill, which is currently before the National Assembly. They will come into force in April 2017, if the Bill becomes law.
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WAG:  New requirement for domiciliary care workers in Wales to be registered from 2020

The Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill

New training standards for Wales’ healthcare support workers

Most jobs DON’T & WON'T require a Degree, but they will be 'backed' by qualifications

Proof of ability to care

Not everyone has totally happy memories of British Rail
Commenting on last week’s Shaw Report on the future of Network Rail, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:  “….  Network Rail must remain a public body that – looking ahead – sits at the heart of a safe, integrated, publicly-owned railway system.  “We are pleased that (today’s) report recognises the TUC’s call for unions to be more involved in the future of our railways.”

Shaw Report must not lead to more privatisation, says TUC

New form will make Giving ‘less taxing’

Children in Need 2015 the government marks the 25th anniversary of Gift Aid, which has raised over £13bn for UK Charities.  The scheme, through which 25p of tax relief can be claimed by a charity on every £1 donated, was introduced in the Finance Act 1990 and saw £10m claimed in its first year.  Gift Aid in 2015 was worth nearly £1.2bn to UK charity sector.

In 2013, a system was introduced for charities to submit Gift Aid applications online, reducing the time taken to process Gift Aid payments to charities from around 15 working days to less than 5 days.  The government has also worked with the sector to develop a new, simpler, Gift Aid form which will be introduced in April 2016, to make it easier for eligible donors to sign up to Gift Aid their donations.

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HMT:  Gift Aid celebrates its 25th birthday

7 ways the government’s making tax simpler for charities

Payroll Giving overhaul announced

NAO:  Gift Aid & reliefs on donations

Over 50,000 charities now claiming Gift Aid online

One should be so lucky!
The clock is ticking for anyone who has more than £75,000 in deposits.  The current FSCS limit of £85,000 ends on 31 December 2015.  From 1 January 2016, the new limit will be £75,000, which will protect more than 95% of people (93% of consumers have less than £50k in savings).

FSCS:  Countdown to a new deposit limit in January


 More contributions to the UK constitutional debate

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

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IEA:  “EVEL” no solution to problems caused by devolution

ScotGov:  Bill consent could be withheld

ScotGov:  Protect partnership working


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Last week everyone from former civil service head Gus O'Donnell to Labour shadow communities minister Jon Trickett is preoccupied with the upcoming spending review.
O'Donnell outlined how George Osborne would allocate spending on education, health, crime and other policy areas if Britain's wellbeing was a top priority, while Trickett, just as the local government department agreed to a further 30% budget cut, explained why he thinks this government is more savage than Thatcher. Public Leaders editor Jane Dudman has also written a helpful explainer on the spending review and what it means for public services.

More on the spending review
'These Tories are more savage than Thatcher for local government'

'These Tories are more savage than Thatcher for local government'
Jon Trickett, shadow communities secretary, thinks the way to solve inequality is to give power to councils

What is the 2015 spending review and how will it affect public services?

What is the 2015 spending review and how will it affect public services?
George Osborne is to unveil public sector budgets on 25 November. Here’s what you need to know

Also on the network
Women and childcare first: how Osborne's axe has fallen

Women and childcare first: how Osborne's axe has fallen
Mary O'Hara: As predicted, hard-won gains on gender equality evaporate all too quickly in a climate of cuts

The growing gender pay gap in the public sector is a problem for us all

The growing gender pay gap in the public sector is a problem for us all
Public employers have tools to lead the way on equal pay, but job cuts and pay freezes have taken their toll

Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor

Poverty premium: why it costs so much more to be poor
Hilary Osborne: Poorest UK households locked out of the cheapest deals – but some councils are taking action

News in brief
• Communities department one of four to agree to 30% cuts
• Councils spend just 1% of budgets on mental health
• Cameron complained he was disappointed with Oxford council cuts
• John Major blasted 'shocking' inequality levels in Britain
• Theresa May warned police: cuts mean 'fewer people, fewer buildings'
• Energy secretary blamed transport department for failure on renewables target
• NHS England chief warned against poor spending review deal