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Category: Reports and articles

Integrated Care Systems and rural communities

20th January 2020

The structure of health and social care is changing, integration is the new buzz word and ‘Integrated Care Systems’ (ICS) are to become the norm – but what are they and how will they affect communities, particularly those in rural areas? Find out more in this excellent article by Jessica Sellick, a senior research fellow at … Read more

Building an inclusive economy through community business: the role of social capital and agency in community business formation in deprived communities

18th December 2019

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies’ latest report ‘Building an inclusive economy through community business: the role of social capital and agency in community business formation in deprived communities’ , funded by Power to Change, takes a comparative look at the social capital and agency needed to make community business flourish. The report surveys key stakeholders … Read more

100,000 more people to be given personal health budgets

8th November 2019

A recent change in law means people who use wheelchairs or need mental health support will have greater choice and control in managing their own health and care. From 2 December, everyone eligible for an NHS wheelchair and people who require aftercare services under section 117 of the Mental Health Act will have access to … Read more

Small business banking guide

27th August 2019 have put together a selection of useful articles about business banking for small businesses. It includes information about for new start ups and growing businesses. Small business banking guide Do you need a business bank account? Setting up a business bank account: What small companies should know   Read more

GDPR toolkit for small and medium sized organisations now available from the ICO

12th August 2019

If you are a sole trader, small organisation or business owner, the toolkit from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will help you to assess your compliance with different aspects of data protection law. The toolkit includes advice to ensure your customers can exercise their rights under the GDPR. Find out more and start your self-assessment … Read more

“Prioritise me” – priority service with energy companies for people with long term conditions

20th May 2019

“Prioritise Me” is a project by Speakup about helping people with long term conditions get extra support from their energy supplier. It’s all about spreading the word about the ‘Priority Services Registers’ as people may not know about these. Lots of the big energy companies have them and people with long term conditions are eligible … Read more

Upcoming changes to the DBS application process

15th May 2019

Within the next few months, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be implementing a change to the enhanced disclosure process. This change will mean that DBS is no longer able to amend enhanced applications that have been submitted with missing or incorrect information regarding the following sections. The changes will affect both applicants and … Read more

Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity

15th April 2019

A new guidance document has been published by the Government specifically for charities with a connection to a non-charity and applies to both trustees of charities connected to a non-charity and for organisations setting up as a charity that have this type of connection. The document details how to manage and review your charity’s connection … Read more

Skills for Care survey research: Individual employers and the personal assistant workforce, 2019

9th April 2019

Skills for Care have published their latest findings from their survey research into individual employers and their personal assistants. The report focuses on individuals who employ their own staff (also known as individual employers) and their personal assistants (PAs). There was previously limited knowledge about this part of the adult social care sector, so Skills … Read more

Do I need to register with the Information Commissioner’s Office?

5th April 2019

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Under the Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018, individuals and organisations that process personal data need to … Read more