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Policy Update April 2018

New report on local authority service delivery

Locality have published a new report on local authority service delivery and its impact on local economic resilience. The Powerful Communities, Strong Economies report addresses recent research into trends in local authority service delivery, with recommendations for better involving local services and communities.

What to learn from a charity merger

Leah Swain, chief executive of Community First Yorkshire, provides advice on surviving a charity merger taken from her recent experience overseeing the joining of Rural Action Yorkshire and North Yorkshire and York Forum. She provides advice on the qualities you’ll need to get through the experience and how best to ensure the transition is successful.

Charity tax call for evidence

The NCVO’s charity tax commission has issued a call for evidence to improve a system that hasn’t seen a comprehensive review in 20 years. As the charitable system has grown significantly in that time, and amidst the backdrop of an impending Brexit, the NCVO believes it is the perfect time to review the charity tax system. They are looking for views and evidence from anyone with relevant knowledge or experience of the charity tax relief system.

Is the Oxfam scandal relevant to all charities?

The directory of social change makes the argument that the Oxfam safeguarding scandal has an impact on the entire charitable sector and cannot be dismissed as an aid–charity problem only.  They detail ways you can update and strengthen your own safeguarding habits and ensure that your programmes and events are safe for everyone.,5JMTE,QIZIHX,LIOSA,1

New guide on GDPR “legitimate interest”

The Information Commissioner’s Office has published a new guide on the use of “legitimate interests” under the GDPR. Legitimate interests is one of the six reasons data controllers can use to justify the processing of an individual’s data under the GDPR and is often the most poorly understood. This guidancecan help you decide when it is appropriate to rely on legitimate interests and how you should keep a record of your decision.

The Equality and human rights commission (EHRC) 

The EHRC monitors human rights and protects equalities across nine grounds of age, disabilities, gender, race, religion and belief, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation and gender reassignment.

They have just published their business plan setting out their aims and projects for 2018–2019, details of which can be found here

The Care Quality Commission (CQC)

The CQC is the independent regulator of all health and care services in England. It monitors, inspects and regulates hospitals, care homes, GP surgeries, dental practices, and other care services to ensure that they meet standards of quality and safety. They also publish their findings to the same end, and to inform the public.

The CQC also publishes a monthly Newsletter for “everyone interested in health and social care”.

Its latest (March) edition carries a lead item focusing on their research publication, ‘Are we listening? A review of children and young people’s mental health services’.

This issue has a strong mental–health focus, and there are several other articles relevant to current debates on the future of social care.

CQC also have a ‘share your experience section‘ which carries the straplines: ‘Your information helps us to decide when, where and what to inspect. Let’s make care better together.’ And also ‘Poor care? Good care? Tell us now.’

The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

The DWP has responsibility for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policies. It is the biggest public service department in the UK. In addition to the administration of state pensions, it administrates a wide range a range of working age, disability and ill health benefits to some 18 million people.

First issued in September 2015, it describes its free, out–facing publication, Touchbase, as “News and articles from across government for advisors, employers and organisations that help people find jobs.”

The most recent issue, circulated in March 2018, was edition 125.  This carried articles including

  • Understanding Universal Credit
  • New figures released on workplace pensions
  • ‘Get the clothes, get the confidence, get the job’ – details of a DWP partnership, guaranteeing a free interview preparation for unemployed women available in a limited number of areas.