December 2017

14 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Government consultations and Parliamentary inquiries

WMiC picks out a selection of current government consultations and parliamentary inquiries that should be of interest to local authorities and their partners. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Tackling the hidden economy: public sector licensing HM Revenue & Customs

This consultation proposes “conditionality” measures to tackle the hidden economy. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper Departments for Health and for Education

This green paper sets out the Government’s ambition that children and young people who need help for their mental health are able to get it when they need it. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Future of community rail strategy Department for Transport

The Department of Transport is looking for views to inform future policies to be considered in the next community rail strategy. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Government’s Industrial Strategy and impact on UK productivity Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee

The Committee has launched an inquiry into the role of sector deals in the Government’s Industrial Strategy and the impact they will have on the UK’s weak productivity. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Knowledge and skills statement for social work supervisors in adult social care Department of Health

This consultation is looking for views on the Knowledge and Skills Statement (KSS) for Adult Social Workers. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Funding for supported housing - two consultations The Departments for Communities and Local Government, and for Work and Pensions

These consultation are seeking views on the government’s proposals for a flexible funding approach for the supported housing sector. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships inquiry Heath Select Committee

The Committee is looking at a range of issues including how effective Sustainability and Transformation Plans have been in joining-up health and social care and engaging parts of the system outside of the acute healthcare sector, for example primary care, local authorities, mental health, public health and the voluntary sector. Read More

13 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - The Quality of apprenticeships and skills training inquiry Education Select Committee

The Committee is looking at whether employers, learners and tax payers are getting value from the time and money invested in training and whether more needs to be done to detect poor-quality provision. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Innovation in housing and services; investing in people, places and communities

Demographic change is one of the key drivers of housing demand and while much of the focus on housing has been on young people, there are issues at the other end of the age range, too. Indeed, ensuring there is sufficient housing will be increasingly important for planning with the Government committed by the Neighbourhood Planning Act to produce guidance for councils on addressing “housing needs that result for old age or disability”. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - The future now, employment in the age of robots

It is something of a national conundrum, that while employment is buoyant nationally, economic growth remains relatively flat. In the coming years, however, it is thought that the strides being made in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will contribute to substantial gains in productivity. In the coming years it is thought that the strides being made in artificial intelligence (AI) and automation will contribute to substantial gains in productivity. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Get a job - labour market powers for inclusive growth

A recent report by Localis on local labour markets highlighted how employment rates can be best improved by targeting groups with low participation rates. In doing so, they suggested that devolving “labour market influencing powers” would provide opportunities to tackle “structural barriers for low activity groups”, arguing that “disabled people and the over 50s are two cohorts which existing policy serves poorly, and where a more discrete local approach could have benefits”. Sherman Wong explores this in detail. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Who cares? The scale and nature of the West Midlands social care workforce

The social care sector is often characterised as a low skilled one; however, given the size of the workforce it employs significant number of people across the skills range. As the demand for adult social services increases with the ageing population it seems reasonable to assume that there will be more of these posts to fill, with the sector continuing to employ people across the whole skills spectrum. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC - Issue 19 - Taking care of business, tech in care of people

Given the face to face nature of social care, it is easy to forget that like many other sectors it is embracing technology. Sherman Wong explores how although many acts of care are intensely personal, it seems clear that technology has an increasingly important role in improving processes, commissioning and service design and delivery. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC, Issue 19 - Industrial strength, industrial strategy

Although it is often viewed through the prism of its undoubted problems and challenges, as councils seek to develop their economic, skills, employment and other powers, there is a real opportunity to think more creatively about the role the sector plays. Read More

7 December 2017

WMiC, Issue 19 - Caring, jobs and growth: the hidden economic power of adult social care

With challenging economic and social aspirations across the West Midlands and the Government looking to agree Local Industrial Strategies, it seems the time is right to broaden the way adult social care is thought of and to see how the sector’s multi-billion-pound economy can be used to help achieve wider social and economic objectives. Read More