‘Our Community – our Covenant' - Providing local communities with the tools to deliver the Armed Forces Covenant

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) and the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned Shared Intelligence to carry out research into ways of improving the local delivery of the Armed Forces Covenant. The research, which was supported by the Ministry of Defence, was commissioned in the context of concerns nationally that implementation of the Covenant locally and of local pledges flowing from the Covenant was inconsistent.

This report sets out:

- findings in relation to awareness of and expectations flowing from the Covenant;
- core findings on the delivery of the Covenant by councils and their partners at a local level;
- conclusions in relation to the impact of the Covenant, ways in which its delivery could be improved and the role of the MoD in improving the delivery of the Covenant.

The aim of the report is to provide a resource for councils looking to ensure they are delivering their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant.  The LGA will be reviewing the recommendations of the report and its proposed next steps.

Introduction of Medical Examiners and Reforms to Death Certification in England and Wales

DH Consultation on Death Certification Reforms: The LGA has responded to the DH consultation which introduces a new duty on upper-tier councils to appoint medical examiners to oversee a new process of death certification. The deadline for consultation responses is 15 June.

Technical Guidance Annex 4: Better Care Fund Planning Requirements for 2016-17

This annex sets out the expectations for planning for the Better Care Fund in 2016-17

LGA Ageing Task and Finish Group

This Task and Finish Group, chaired by Cllr Izzi Seccombe, is overseeing a focused piece of work, addressing how local councils can take a pro-active approach to demographic change, going forward. 

FGM resource

Information for councillors and those working to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).

Care and support reform

The LGA, ADASS and DH are working in partnership to support local areas in implementation of the care and support reforms in the context of the other changes and challenges for local health and care systems, including the Better Care Fund.

Children's public health transfer

Information and support tools for local authorities and partners to help support a safe transfer of public health services for 0-5 year olds from NHS England to local authorities on 1 October 2015.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services local transformation plan

The LGA, ADCS, SOLACE and ADPH are working in partnership with NHS England, DH and wider partners to support local areas to transform services.