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It’s great to hear a ‘common sense’ answer: they are easy to understand and they make great sound bites. Political campaigns are built on common sense slogans and administrations are hobbled by trying to make them a reality. As we look at the disturbing rise in knife crime and deaths of young people in our cities, it would be too easy to point to the cuts in police budgets and those in young people’s services. So, if problem equals "youth deaths", answer equals "spend more money on police". Easy – job done! And so we see reporters hounding politicians and leaders for a simple answer to what they say is an easy question: “Will you spend more on policing?” The reality is that the causes of the current situation cannot be easily tracked to austerity. To think that we could ever have enough police on the beat to step in and prevent a stabbing in real time is fanciful. Engaging with the more uncomfortable question of why is more important than ever. Why are young people carrying and using knives? I have met with faith leaders in recent times who have had to deal with the fallout, not only handling…
Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect organisations and individual citizens. The Government has developed a website, at gov.uk/euexit, to give information on how to prepare and the steps organisations and individuals may need to take. The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport are really keen to get some initial feedback on the quality and user-friendliness of the content in this two minute survey. Your views on the website will help to influence any improvements but please feel free to skip any questions that you do not feel apply to your organisation. They are keen to hear from civil society organisations just like our members to make sure that the information on the website information reflects your needs. If you have any questions, please contact Ruth Verrall at the Cabinet Office.
The UK Health Forum, in partnership with the Race Equality Foundation, National LGB&T Partnership and the Mental Health Consortium, is conducting a scoping and consensus building exercise to: Recognise what Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) health-focused organisations are already doing as employers to support disabled employees and employees with long-term conditions to stay in work; Recognise what VCSE health-focused organisations are already doing as advocates to support disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work; Highlight the key points which health-focused organisations are in agreement on in relation to health and work for disabled people and those with long-term conditions; And identify principles for continued action. This project is being developed through a consultative process with project partners, expert advisers, Health and Wellbeing Alliance members, and the wider VCSE sector. Following helpful feedback at the 1 November 2018 working day and a refining of the project aims and objectives, UK Health Forum are conducting a short survey of VCSE health-focused organisations: www.surveymonkey.co.uk. The survey will be open until 15 February 2019 and should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. Please feel free to share this survey with your partners and networks. If you would like to participate in…
NHS England have produced a number of short summaries of the Long Term Plan focusing on different issues such as: Ageing well and the NHS Long Term Plan; Mental Health and the NHS Long Term Plan; Starting Well and the NHS Long Term Plan;
Our partners in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, the End of Life Care Consortium, have produced resources aimed at tackling inequalities in palliative and end of life care for people experiencing homelessness, Gypsies and Travellers, and LGB&T people. You can view a pre-recorded webinar (online seminar) here: Care Committed to Me A report on the project is available on the Hospice UK website.
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