Local Government

County Councils have warned that the costs of special educational needs (SEND) services are threatening to break their budgets. The County Councils Network (CCN) says the 36 councils it represents have seen a rise of 46% in the number of young people with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Topics: 
Equality & Diversity, Commissioning, Procurement, Local Government, Social return on investment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

Procuring for Good - a new report published by Social Enterprise UK paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act. Findings from Freedom of Information requests [1] sent to all local authorities in England show that more councils than ever are considering social value when commissioning services: 1 in 3 (33%) now routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, and 1 in 4 (24%) have a social value policy.

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Funding, Commissioning, Local Government, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

Gloucestershire CC has published an independent cost:Benefit analysis of its employment service. The report was authored by Mark Kilsby, Julie Allan and Steve Beyer and looked at activity between 1 April 2013 and 30 November 2014. During this period they found that: • 91 beneficiaries with learning disabilities were supported in paid work over the period; • 75 paid jobs were obtained over the period at a rate of 3.75 jobs per month; • 11 people left their jobs over the period; • 81 people with learning disabilities were in work at November 30th 2014.

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Access To Work, Local Government, Policy, Work Choice, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

The Local Government Association has published Realising Talent: a new framework for devolved employment and skills. It is the final report in a collaborative series with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion. It recommends options for the devolution of employment and skills, which LGA believes can be practicably implemented by a new or returning Government.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Autism, Commissioning, Local Government
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

The Government has responded to the consultation on guidance to support the adult autism strategy. The consultation received 118 direct responses and considered advice from: * consultation events and meetings with stakeholders * people with autism * amilies and carers * health and social care organisations The response summarises key themes that emerged and how we have responded to them in statutory guidance.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Local Government, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2013
Type: 
Research

This NDTi research looks at the cost effectiveness of local authority and NHS investment in employment supports for people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems. The initial key findings include that: * After a period of increased spend, investment in supporting people into paid work appears to have declined in 2012/13 * Many commissioners do not have access to the data they need on services they commission to ensure they are achieving best value for money * There appears to be limited focus on the use of personal budgets to support people into paid work.

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Local Government, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Report, Research

Kent County Council's final report from an independent study of the cost:benefit effectiveness of its supported employment service.

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
Local Government, Policy, PSA16
Year of Publication: 
2009
Type: 
Report

Since their introduction in the 1998 Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR), Public Service Agreements (PSAs) have played a vital role in galvanising public service delivery and driving major improvements in outcomes. The 2007 CSR announced 30 new PSAs setting a vision for continuous and accelerated improvement in the Government's priority outcomes over the CSR07 period. Public Service Agreements were abolished by the Coalition Government in 2010. What were PSAs?

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