A new website shows people how their local social services departments are performing. Developed jointly by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and the Department of Health, the website allows users to see how local councils score against criteria set for social service delivery by the Department of Health in its Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF). The website enables users to view local data on topics such as how satisfied people are with social services and how well carers are consulted with. Website users will be able to see how their local authority compares with similar councils and the national average.
An advice and support directory containing basic information about help which is available on a range of issues, including the impact of welfare changes, is now available from the County Durham Partnership. The directory is designed as a resource for those offering advice and guidance to members of the public in County Durham and is updated on a monthly basis. Updated versions of the directory can be found via the County Durham Partnership website
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Disability Rights UK claims that the Government’s Work Programme, designed to help long term unemployed (including those with disabilities and mental health issues) to find work, is failing.
According to Channel 4 news Disability Rights UK point to the government’s own figures which reveal a 95 per cent failure rate in finding sustainable work for those on the work programme. In their report, Taking Control of Employment Support, Disability Rights UK recommends that a more personalised approach is needed when dealing with people with mental health issues and disabilities.
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A new report highlighting the significant impact of the Government's welfare reforms on the North East has been published by ANEC. Aimed at national and local policy makers and community organisations, the research work involved close collaboration between the Universities of Durham (Institute for Local Governance), Northumbria and Teesside and the North East region of Citizens Advice.
The economic conditions in the North East and the negative consequences for this area of the country of nationally driven reforms are highlighted by the report. Findings estimate that around �380m is likely to be lost to the North East each year through the introduction of the Government's benefit cap and changes to disabled people's benefits, council tax benefit and housing benefit in the social sector.
MHNE would like to draw our members? attention to this excellent report, written by MHNE volunteer, Neil Johnson.? This report rises, by locality, the commissioning intentions and plans for mental health and public mental health across the region. These intentions and plans have been sourced from: CCG Plans, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Health and Wellbeing Strategies; and will prove useful for MHNE members in influencing how these services are delivered and, potentially, tendering for commissioning opportunities.
A new directory has been developed to provide information and contact details about VCS organisations working within the criminal justice field. The directory will be used as a tool for the Police and Crime Commissioner to commission community safety services and, in the future, wider criminal justice services. The directory will also be highlighted to police, probation and other agencies working in this field. If you are a VCS organisation working in this field make sure you are on the directory.
Funded by the Northern Rock Foundation, this partnership will allow Clinks to bring its specialist knowledge around the criminal justice system to the region, building on existing work that VONNE has carried out on working with offenders, community safety and criminal justice agencies.
The Mental Health Foundation has published a booklet for people in their 60s who are approaching retirement or who have recently retired from work titled ‘How To Look After Your Mental Health In Later Life’. It gives 10 practical, simple ways to help protect your mental health at this age.
In his debut blog for The Mental Elf, Ian Cummins discusses austerity, stigma and suicide in people with mental health issues.
The blog looks at the National Confidential report from Manchester University which explores trends in suicide and murders committed by people with mental illness. According to the report, 1333 people in England with mental health issues took their own lives during 2011 - an average of three each day.