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Making an impact with Healthwatch

Local authorities are commissioning new local Healthwatch organisations (LHWO) and existing and potential providers are formulating their ideas on what the shape of the new service should be. This discussion paper considers the impact that Healthwatch should make and how it might need to work in order to succeed.

Hidden Talents: examples of transition of careers guidance from local authorities to schools

The LGA commissioned  the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) to collate case study examples of how local authorities are supporting schools in their enhanced role to provide independent and impartial careers guidance to young people in Years 9 to 11.

Research
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Local Healthwatch: LGA offer of support and development

Local authorities have a significant role to play in being proactively supportive of the aims and ambitions of Local Healthwatch and in being seen to be supportive of it at both a strategic level and at the ‘frontline'. This briefing details the Healthwatch LGA offer of support and development, and how we will work with authorities to gather and share good practice.  

Sector-led improvement
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Engaging in commissioning - a practical resource for the culture and sport sector

Resource pack jointly produced by the Local Government Association, Sport England, Arts Council England (ACE) and the Chief Culture and Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA).

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10 questions to ask if you're scrutinising services for looked-after children

This guide, revised in 2012 aims to provide clear and succinct the key issues to cover in a scrutiny review of corporate parenting.

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Corporate Parenting Week: council resource pack

Looking after other people's children is one of the most important things councils do. It is the responsibility of all councillors, not just the lead member for children's services and officers.

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Fire safety in purpose-built flats

The LGA led work commissioned by Government to develop this sector-led guidance on fire safety in purpose-built blocks of flats, which was written by experts in the field of fire safety.

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Developing effective local Healthwatch

Within the context of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 a number of key sectors have come together to provide effective leadership and support for the successful implementation of local Healthwatch (LHW).

Sector-led improvement
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Enterprising councils: getting the most from trading and charging

With the new General Power of Competence being introduced following the Localism Act, councils will have a greater degree of freedom to trade and charge. This will allow them to think innovatively about new products and services and how to offer existing services more cost effectively.

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Ripe for reform: the sector agrees, now the public expects – A guide to the care and support white paper

The Local Government Association (LGA) has long campaigned for reform of our care and support system and we believe we are edging closer to seeing real, tangible change for the better. The forthcoming white paper will be the next important milestone on this journey and we want to use its publication to continue building the momentum for reform.