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Updates from LGA – July 2021
Your Director of Children’s Services should have received information last week about the new DfE Children’s Homes Capital Programme 2021/23. This £19.5 million programme will provide capital funding on a match funded basis for councils to expand children’s home provision and establish innovative approaches to reducing the number of children needing care over time. The LGA called for capital funding for children’s homes in its Spending Review 2020 submission and we will continue to make the case for further support to ensure children in care have the homes they need.
Monday 19 July 2021
Respite care and day services
Care Minister, Helen Whately joined the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) webinar this week to discuss the number of bottle necks in adult social care services caused by the pandemic, particularly people reporting limited access to respite care and day services. The Minister stressed that the Infection Control Fund could be used to support the safe reopening of day services and urged councils to try and encourage residents to come back to day services.
ADASS Spring Survey
Just over a fifth of directors of adult social care say they are fully confident that their budget will be sufficient for them to meet their statutory duties this year, according to the annual survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). The results also suggest almost 75,000 people and carers are waiting for help with their care and support. This ADASS report is another stark reminder of the mounting pressures facing social care, which will impact on older and disabled people and their carers. As we stress in our media response, COVID-19 has reinforced the urgent need for long-term reform of adult social care, including sustainable funding which grows in line with demand, as well as investment to tackle the funding gap between the cost of providing care and what councils pay.
Public Health England has published new local authority child obesity slide sets,presenting key data and information on the patterns and trends in child obesity prevalence using data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) for each upper tier local authority in England. The slides are a useful tool for practitioners and policy makers working on obesity at local, regional and national level. They can be used in presentations to health and wellbeing boards, other committees and to elected members as well as at conference and workshop presentations.
National Food Strategy
The National Food Strategy, an independent report commissioned by the Government, is calling for a sugar and salt reformulation tax to cut their use in products and curb obesity, strokes and heart disease. The review, led by food entrepreneur Henry Dimbleby, says money raised by the tax should be spent on expanding free school meals to another 1.1 million children who need them, funding holiday activity and food clubs, and supporting healthier diets for those in the most deprived communities.
Health Incentives Programme
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) is inviting directors of public health and local authority obesity and physical activity networks to join a webinar on Thursday 22 July with its Health Incentives Team between 11am – 11.45am. DHSC is keen to pilot the health incentives public health approach to supporting people to make healthier choices and live healthier lives by providing incentives and rewards for healthy behaviours. We would encourage councils to attend if at all possible as local government engagement will ensure these pilots are aligned with local knowledge and priorities and take a whole system approach.
To register for this session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Local authorities can also use this address to express an interest in hosting the pilot in your area. The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 6 August.
Children’s services spending
Council spending on early support for vulnerable children has almost halved in real terms over the past decade, according to new research commissioned by Action for Children, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society, National Children’s Bureau and NSPCC. Its report found that, according to Department for Education collections, government funding available to councils for children’s services fell by 24 per cent from £9.9 billion to £7.5 billion in real terms between 2010/11 and 2019/20. As a result, local authorities in England have reduced spending on early intervention services from £3.6 billion to £1.8 billion between 2010 and 2020.
We continue to call for government to invest in early intervention support so councils can help children and families earlier, rather than waiting for problems to reach crisis point.
Early years staff wellbeing resource The Anna Freud Centre, having surveyed early years staff and worked closely with a range of local authorities, has published a toolkit for supporting early years staff with their wellbeing. It includes a range of practical tips and ideas on championing staff wellbeing, and an activity checklist to understand the progress that is being made.