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The Homelessness Reduction Act: preparing to better prevent homelessness

As we all know, time flies – which means that the Homelessness Reduction Act, which comes into force in spring…

July 5, 2017

Social care in the Conservative manifesto: Is having less than £100k the emerging definition of ‘just about managing’?

The Conservative manifesto has plenty to say about social care. Whatever you think of the specific policy ideas, we would…

May 18, 2017

Children’s placements can be nine times more costly than Eton – but what are the outcomes?

We pay more for many of our looked after children’s placements than it costs to go to Eton – why…

May 11, 2017

Consulting: Why I do what I do

With the many nights away from home and the hours spent travelling up and down the country, sometimes you find…

May 11, 2017

Pressures grow on CCGs to move quickly into implementation

We are reliably informed that NHS England (“NHSE”) has “evolved in three distinct phases” since it was established. Next Steps…

May 5, 2017

Don’t let the election delay what we have to do

Elections are hectic times for returning officers and their teams, but purdah, uncertainty and a vote which is “all about…

April 20, 2017

Holding up a mirror: the effectiveness of role play

The problems facing many complex public sector services, such as adult social care, are often less to do with structure…

April 6, 2017

Demand is proving demanding: Stepping off the ‘treadmill’

Today’s publication of the Next Steps for the Forward View shows that despite some progress in wrestling demand pressures in…

March 31, 2017

Spring budget 2017: what will you get for social care, and what should you do with it?

The very welcome £2bn sticking plaster? The budget announcement of an additional £2bn for social care including £1bn in 2017/18…

March 8, 2017

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