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  • Lansley – local government to bring strategy and leadership to health reforms - Speaking on the last day of the conference, the Rt Hon Andrew Lansley MP, Secretary of State for Health, outlined how local and central government need to work together to realise real change in health and wellbeing. He said that any reforms had to be evolutionary and build on what is already working such as [...]
  • Aspiring teenage rap star inspires conference audience - Elmi Lluggi, who has been in foster care in the London Borough of Hillingdon for three years, gave a stunning performance of a rap song based on his life experiences . The 14 -year-old, who writes his own song, dedicated his performace to his sister Sofie, who is also in social care. Below is a [...]
  • ‘The devil is in the detail’ - This session was about the implementation of the Munro review recommendations and was introduced by Jeanette Pugh the safeguarding lead for the Department for Education (DfE). The government has accepted all the Munro recommendations albeit some in principle, Jeanette emphasised three key themes: - trusting front-line professionals - reducing bureaucracy and prescription - being child centred. [...]
  • Health and wellbeing boards are the way to deliver system transformation - A key theme running through several sessions at the conference is the central role of health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) in driving through system change. From the keynote address by Lord Crisp and Stephen Dorrell through policy sessions and sub plenary sessions, the clear message is that HWBs will be a new type of partnership [...]
  • Fairer funding for all – Dilnot in conversation with Councillor Rogers - As part of the recommendations set out by Andrew Dilnot in his report about the future of funding and care and support, we ran a debate session at this year’s conference to discuss it. Below is a video clip with Councillor David Rogers, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Programme Board and Andrew Dilnot discussing [...]
  • Tough Times, good decisions – the leadership role in adults services LG Group - Main speakers: Councillor David Rogers (Lib Dem), Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard (Conservative) and Councillor Linda Thomas (Labour) At this afternoon’s lively and engaging policy session, Councillor David Rogers, Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board introduced the key benefits of the LGA regional networks for lead members. He stressed the advantage of sharing knowledge and [...]
  • Towards excellence in children’s services - Today’s business finished with a session on a big agenda – improvement for children’s services – in a suitably big room, the main auditorium.  Speakers reported on the work of the Children’s Improvement Board  (CIB) which is a partnership group set up to steer sector led improvement. The main theme was about the shift from [...]
  • Children and families - At a very well attended session where the two ministers for children and families Sarah Teather MP and Tim Loughton MP addressed delegates and took questions. Both ministers had positive messages about local government and managed to set a cooperative tone which was welcomed by the audience. (Sarah Teather almost got off to a bad [...]
  • This year’s NCASC exhibition stands - As always we provide a wealth of different exhibitors who work in and with the sector.  This year’s exhibition  includes a mixture of both interactive and fun stands which proves to be informative and popular. He is a quick glance at some of them:
  • Vox pops after the session on local authorities and education - Further to the session about the ‘roled of the local authority in education’, we caught with a few people who attended to see what their views were about this issue. Here is a short video clip of their thoughts:
  • Moving on from the riots - At this small, but lively session there was a wide ranging discussion about the civil disturbances in August, the possible causes and implications for local government’s work in the future.
  • Paul Burstow MP on health reforms - Health reforms will cement local government’s central role in promoting health and wellbeing and will bring the NHS and social care together according to Paul Burstow MP.
  • Sub-plenary on the role of the local authorities in education - There was strong support from speakers and delegates for a strong continuing council role in education, particularly in driving school improvement in all schools, including academies.
  • Workshop on future commissioning and best practice in social care - Commissioning needs to be improved for individuals with learning disabilities...
  • Interview with Avi Lasarow, CEO of Trimega Laboratories - Avi Lasarow, CEO of Trimega explains their work with local councils...
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