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.

“Murray Barr was a bear of a man, an ex-marine, six feet tall & heavyset, and when he fell down - which he did nearly every day - it could take 2 or 3 grown men to pick him up.  He had straight black hair and olive skin.  On the street they called him Smokey.  He was missing most of his teeth.  He had a wonderful smile.  People loved Murray.”

This is the opener to Malcolm Gladwell’s article, Million Dollar Murray, which tells the story of one of downtown Reno's most prolific homeless people.  With all Murray’s years of heavy alcohol use, police contact several times a day, numerous A&E visits, ambulance trips, failed treatment & custodial sentences, the cost of patching Murray up, without changing his situation, was great.

“It cost us $1m not to do something about Murray,” said a local police officer who started to total exactly how much he was costing public services.  At one of the two hospitals Murray was often admitted to, he had run up a bill of $100,000 in 6 months. That’s one hospital. In just 6 months.

There are people across England just like Murray.  Whatever your perspective on whether they deserve Housing First – an approach which gives people a home without any other conditions or expectations – the evidence suggests that it works for them.  Stability, safety & intensive support not only helps people stay in housing but also reduces their contact with acute & costly public services.

Researched Links:

HL:  “It cost us $1m not to do something about Murray…”

Housing First England | Homeless Link

Overcoming entrenched or repeat homelessness

Good intentions being duplicated?

HL:  New approach needed to help adults break out of cycle of crime, addiction & homelessness

What ‘training’ have they had in coping with running a home (that’s if they even get given accommodation)

How better’ is often the unasked question when ‘tonight’s homeless’ is the immediate problem

The Government has reduced the NEET numbers, can they do the same for the homeless?



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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.”

The Treasury Committee – comprised of prominent Brexiteers and Remain campaigners – has agreed a unanimous report.  Over several months, the Committee has been examining these claims, and has come to some firm conclusions about a number of them.

Researched Links:

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

Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously agrees EU referendum analysis

Electoral Commission confirms EU citizens cannot vote at the EU referendum

Electoral Commission update on non-eligible EU citizen voters

A ‘counter-balance’ to recent HM Treasury ‘Project Fear rants’

What does this mean for the future control of UK borders if we stay in EU?

Editorial Commentary: Is the SNP threat of another Referendum realistic?

Civitas:  EU share of UK exports is in dramatic decline, new analysis shows

Civitas:  EU membership is compromising UK national security

Civitas:  Treasury warning about impact of Brexit ignores published evidence

Civitas:  EU largesse for UK firms must be matched by the Treasury

NIESR: Lower output & higher taxes - the impact of reducing immigration

NIESR: Uncharted territory: the Implications of Leaving the EU

RUSI - Northern Ireland’s Delicate Peace Process at Risk Should the UK Leave the European Union

Checkout the “More contributions to the EU Referendum More news, opinions, documents, claims & counter-claims;section of this & previous Newsletters for many more links - Newsletter Archive

‘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."
Researched Links:

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

Editorial Commentary: Examining the ‘sacrificial entrails’ of past promises & current announcements to anticipate the 2030+ future

Roadmap to a ‘Fiscally’ United Europe

Article:  Will this be the last time we vote as countries rather than ‘provinces of the United States of Europe?

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.

The authors of the study identified 12 potential national policy interventions that could help significantly reduce both deaths & disability caused by the most prevalent long-term health conditions – including coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, cancer, chronic lung disease, arthritis and dementia – by addressing the key preventable health risks of smoking, harmful alcohol consumption, poor diet and physical inactivity.

Researched Links:

Diabetes UK:  250,000 people will die from preventable conditions by 2025

We desperately need to take action

Trouble is many of us stopped living healthily in middle-age!

A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison (Francis Bacon)

Many are also still trying to raise a family and pay off a mortgage as well

Make children exercise at school?

Making it easier to eat healthily

‘Side effects’ of diabetes can be life-threatening

Dramatic reduction in smoking rates revealed in new survey

New strategy to tackle inactivity

People in prison should receive the same level of care as those outside, says NICE

Civitas:  Future of the NHS depends on greater personal responsibility

Action to tackle cardiovascular disease in deprived communities to be extended across Wales

Exercise not acupuncture for people with low back pain says NICE in draft guidance

Thousands to benefit as first wave of NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme national rollout is announced

LGA:  Premature deaths: more people need to take up grassroots sports to live longer, say councils

Middle-aged men rate their health as more important than their money or career

New TUC guidance on well-being at work

Revamped guidance on physical activity launched

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 are in real danger of a crisis in social care, with councils', providers' and carers' ability to support our loved ones and ensure they live the dignified and independent life they deserve undermined by severe funding pressures.

"The growing demand of an ageing population, as well as the increasing costs following the introduction of the National Living Wage, are squeezing care home and domiciliary care providers to the point of collapse.  "On top of this, councils are starting from an unstable foundation, having had to close a £5 billion funding gap over the past five years”.

Researched Links:

LGA:  Councils respond to launch of adult social care inquiry

PC&PE:  Interests of users must be paramount in new approaches to care

LGA:  Councils respond to personal budgets report

Invitation to ‘tool-up’ for better care

People need people

Despite the ‘cheers’, there are real fears

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

Without them Social Care and the NHS would collapse

If NHS needs +£8bn, what do LA’s need for social care?

It’s like running a car; the older we get the more ‘maintenance’ we need

Action is needed to address inequalities in end of life 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.
Researched Links:

CQC's review of how NHS trusts investigate and learn from deaths

Not everyone is capable of asking for checks

Why is their (apparently) no ‘cure’ for this perennial NHS problem?

A death without sympathy or proper care

How to complain

EHRC comments on rise in number of deaths of mental health patients

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.
Researched Links:

LGA:  Councils go digital to improve services and save money

LGA:  Communities share £560,000 for digital projects

Britain must do more to tackle ‘virus of social isolation’ says Commission

Ministers to highlight importance of digital inclusion at British-Irish Council on Isle of Man

Digital Britain 2: Putting users at the heart of government’s digital services

Digital Britain 2

Digital Inclusion Strategy: helping everyone to get online

techUK welcomes the Local Digital Leadership Report

Council websites show marked improvement in mobile and accessibility performance in annual Better Connected assessment

Doing the hard work to make accessibility simple

Deal on rules to help elderly & disabled people access online public services

New Local Digital Coalition announced

Socitm outlines key role for Local Digital Coalition in extending GDS ‘government as a platform’ to local public services

Mayor, whatever you want to do, data can help you do it better

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.
Researched Links:

From review to implementation: embedding the 2020 vision for maternity services – Baroness Julia Cumberlege

The birth of better services?

Finalising the Maternity Review report

Don’t hold your breath waiting for anyone to be held responsible and being ‘Made to Pay’?

NICE confirms midwife-led care during labour is safest for women with straightforward pregnancies

More choice and fewer interventions, NICE sets out priorities for straightforward births

Celebrating the midwife – Professor Jane Cummings

Patients Association Welcomes Personal Pregnancy Plans

#PowertotheBump unites young mothers in fight against pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work

25% rise in people reporting pregnancy & maternity discrimination to Citizens Advice

NHS England announces new action to cut stillbirths

Minister announces extra staff to support new mothers

Over £2m investment in safer maternity care

CQC comments on the National Maternity Review

NHS Improvement responds to National Maternity Review 2016

Most expectant and new mothers are experiencing better maternity care, finds national survey

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.
Researched Links:

CIPD:  Only a third of employers are supporting working carers

Many are also still trying to raise a family and pay off a mortgage as well

Caring can be exhausting

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.

Payments are administered by the Redundancy Payments Service in the Insolvency Service and become a debt in the administration.  The administrator will provide details of how to make your online claim.   They aim to pay 95% of eligible claims within 6 weeks of receiving the necessary information from you.

The Redundancy Payment Service can also pay both employee pension contributions & employer contributions, within specified legal limits.  Claims are lodged by pension trustees, so you do not need to make an application for this. The cost of these payments is also met from the National Insurance Fund.  They cannot make payments to self-employed contractors or agency workers.

Researched Links:

Insolvency Service:  BHS in administration – information for employees


 More contributions to the EU Referendum

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

Researched Links:

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.

Please choose from the links below to view individual sections of interest:

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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• 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