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An Overview of the Health Transition

Regional Voices has updated its briefing about the health transition and the implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS), following the outcomes of the first Future Forum listening exercise. The briefing outlines the 'emerging' clinical commissioning groups, Health & Well Being Boards, HealthWatch, PCT clusters, the NHS Commissioning Board and the transition timeline. LVSC has adapted a London version of this briefing.

w: www.lvsc.org.uk/policy-areas/health/reform-of-the-nhs.aspx

LVSC launches On the Radar database

The online database contains in-depth information about voluntary and community sector organisations that deliver public health services in London.

At present On the Radar mainly contains information about alcohol services. However, drug, mental health, healthy eating, physical activity and many others will gradually be added as the database expands.

To find our more, or to register, visit  w: www.lvsc.org.uk/otr.aspx

Big Squeeze survey results published

London Voluntary Service Council  has launched its third Big Squeeze report, which shows that over half (51%) of voluntary and community (VCS) organisations responding to its survey closed services last year due to the impact of the public spending cuts and the economic climate.

London Tuberculosis Plan Consultation – deadline 13 July

London Health Programmes has published a draft London Tuberculosis (TB) Plan to help reduce the TB rate in London by 50% over the next 10 years. TB is a serious problem for the capital; London now has the highest TB infection rate of any capital city in Western Europe.

Stakeholders from across London are invited to respond and contribute to the TB Plan by Wednesday 13 July.

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London Councils express concern over Localism Bill

The Localism Bill starts its second reading in the House of Lords on Tuesday 7 June. While London Councils is encouraged by the aim to empower local communities, there remain several areas of concern for boroughs. In particular, London Councils believes that the bill limits localism and genuine devolution; adopts a uniquely regionalist approach to London; and contains significant centralising elements, in the form of over 140 new powers for the Secretary of State. London Councils will be lobbying on these points in the run up to the second reading.

New Survey to map the impact of cuts in London – deadline 31 May

The LVSC and partners have launched a third 'Big Squeeze' campaign to study the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on the capital's voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations and the people they serve.

The Munro Review

The final report from the Munro Review of Child Protection has been presented to Government ministers. It includes a range of recommendations that are likely to have significant implications for the way that child protection services are run at a local level. The review is particularly clear that the child protection system must be fully focused on the needs of individual children and young people, rather than centrally imposed processes and targets, and that the role of elected leaders is vital in driving improvements in local authorities.

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