Archives for September 16th, 1998

PUSHING BUDGETS DOWN THE LINE

Abstracts, PublicNet: 16 September, 1998

Lewellyn SAccounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, (UK), 1998 Vol 11 No 3  Start page: 292 No of pages: 17 Looks at how responsibility is being devolved along with United Kingdom social services budgets to client services managers, team managers and frontline care workers. Explains the difficulties raised by the concept of responsibility, the new structure of social service departments after the 1991 National Health Service and Community Care Act, and how devolution has worked out in practice. Surveys eight regional social work departments where frontline hostility ensured budget responsibility rests with team managers; and where there are multiple sources of access to a budget, which diffuses responsibility. Shows how budget holders are not held responsible for overspends, prioritization rules are not agreed, and the Director is seen as the only responsible decision maker, to whom teams report rather than individuals. Advocates simple, narrative accounting practices clearly communicated. Subject(s): PUBLIC SECTOR, ACCOUNTING, BUDGETING, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, WELFARE, UNITED KINGDOM Database: AFA: Accounting & Finance Abstracts Style: Survey. Reference: 27AQ355 Reproduced by permission of Anbar Management Intelligence http://www.anbar.co.uk/management/home.htm

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MANAGEMENT OF CARE COULD BE BETTER

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 September, 1998

More co-ordination and planning is needed between the health and social services to ensure the smooth transfer of older people back to their homes after a stay in hospital, according to a report from the Social Services Inspectorate. The report, based on findings from inspections of eight local authority areas, reveals that the quality of work with patients and carers, both leading up to and after leaving hospital, is often good. But there was room improvement in inter-disciplinary assessment, care planning, and discharge arrangements.Denise Platt, Chief Inspector of the Social Services Inspectorate, said: “A consistent theme running through recent Government initiatives is the need for health and social services to work more closely together – it is a priority that there should be a joint approach to planning and delivering services to ensure “seamless” care for those who need it.

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CROSS-DEPARTMENT TEAMS TO TACKLE TOUGH PROBLEMS

Headlines, PublicNet: 16 September, 1998

The high-profile report from the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office puts high priority on joining together the many initiatives set running in the last eighteen months by the new Government.The report “Bringing Britain Together – A National Strategy for Neighbourhood Renewal” sets out a three point plan of action to improve up to 4000 of the poorest areas of Britain.The first part of the strategy is to draw together new national policies
like the New Deal, action on schoolS, crime and health.The second is the announcement of an extra 800 million pounds which communities themselves will decide how to spend, under a New Deal for Communities. Seventeen pilot projects start this year as models for future investment.

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