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How to deal with the uncertainty that local government faces

How to deal with the uncertainty that local government faces

Michael Kitts discusses the changes ahead, and how to build more resilient systems.

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There is no ‘right’ model of intermediate care: Start with an honest assessment of your system

There is no ‘right’ model of intermediate care: Start…

Whilst centralised systems enable effective reporting and can build consistency, there are factors that need to be in place to make it work.

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Better Outcomes, Better Lives in Manchester

Better Outcomes, Better Lives in Manchester

Bernadette Enright from Manchester City Council discusses the impact of the social care improvement plan IMPOWER have been supporting in Manchester.

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Behavioural solutions to the climate problem

Behavioural solutions to the climate problem

Key insights from the LGA climate conference: helping local authorities to broach the climate subject.

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Guest blogpost: ‘Trust is the basis from which people make the leap of faith from the old to the new’

Guest blogpost: ‘Trust is the basis from which people make…

This is a guest blogpost written by Rob Mitchell, Adult Principle Social Worker, Bradford Council.Like many local authorities, Bradford is going through a period of change. We are listening more carefully to people who invite social care into their lives, and focusing more on enabling them to live life how they choose to live it. I reflect on the challenges involved.

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How to turbocharge the commissioning cycle

How to turbocharge the commissioning cycle

To date councils have mainly focused on managing demand at the front door through strengths-based conversations with clients. While this has an impact, the extent of it may be limited unless it is accompanied by a focus on commissioning the local market in a way which promotes independence.

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5 tips for getting the most from Technology Enabled Care

5 tips for getting the most from Technology Enabled Care

This blogpost was co-authored by Hannah Gordon and Josepha Reynolds. Technology Enabled Care (TEC) has long been touted as something…

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Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s Services: Exploring how our own decision-making can generate demand

Reflections on my year as a Deputy Director of Children’s…

I have found it both cathartic and helpful to reflect on what it is like to work on the frontline of local government to support children and families.

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Public sector innovation: Lessons from science

Public sector innovation: Lessons from science

Einstein said “To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and…

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Lessons on experimental government

Lessons on experimental government

Given the current and – following George Osbourne’s budget tomorrow – future financial challenge facing the public sector, Nesta’s seminar on…

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A time to get back to basics

A time to get back to basics

In the last few days we have seen this Government embark upon a renewed initiative to slash the cost of…

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