March 2011

A new financial sustainability report explores the financial impact of the changes brought about by the implementation of personalisation.

NMHDU has published the first in a planned series of documents intended to help those involved in commissioning and providing mental health and social care services to make sense of and build on the new opportunities emerging within this new landscape.

The Linking Minds conference, originally planned for 5 April has now been rescheduled for 20 September. A revised brochure and booking form will be posted when it is available.

The Government has confirmed that the public sector Equality Duty will come into force as planned on 5 April 2011, and has published a policy review paper proposing new specific duties to support the general duty.

Councils are operating tighter eligibility thresholds for adult care than they claim publicly in order to manage cuts, an adult care director has claimed.

The Valuing People Now team has developed resources to promote best practice and support local and regional delivery so that more people with learning disabilities get homes and jobs and lead fulfilled lives.

The Office for Disability Issues has published guidance on definitions of disability.

The Workplace Law Network has produced a briefing about Positive Action.

Inclusion and the Third Sector European Network (TSEN) are conducting a survey to find out the extent to which the local voluntary sector in England has been included in Work Programme bids.

DWP has indicated that a ESF-funded procurement is expected to focus on providing family-orientated support for people in workless households over the next three years.