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New Government Work and Health Programme

If you support people in ways that enhance their employability, you may already have been approached by companies who are planning to bid for the Government's new Work and Health Programme. However, all those wishing to deliver had to submit an Umbrella Agreement Response to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) by 9th November. DWP will then decide on the 6 providers who will be invited to tender for each of the geographic areas.

European Funding Update

As highlighted in the last bulletin, the Government is continuing to process and contract on European funding applications that are in the system, including the stage 2 applications under Building Better Opportunities (BBO). New calls for applications for unallocated funds are likely to be made in the New Year although there will be greater clarity after the publication of the Autumn Statement. Future projects will need to align with national strategic priorities.

Consultation on the future provision of social care for older people and adults with physical disabilities

Ensuring Staffordshire residents receive the best possible care in their homes and in their communities is one of Staffordshire County Council’s top priorities.

People in Staffordshire are living longer but not necessarily healthier lives, and as a result more and more people need NHS and social care services.  

To promote health and independence and continue to provide good quality services in the future, the NHS and social care services need to be joined up. Working together also helps to ensure that care remains affordable.

Minibus Safety

Organisations which have their own minibuses may benefit from The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) comprehensive guide called ‘Minibus Safety, A Code of Practice’.

This deals with all the issues relating to minibus usage including

Citizen Advice Services at Risk Petition

Citizens Advice Staffordshire South West have launched  an online petition to collect as many signatures as possible to try and influence the proposal by Staffordshire County Council to end the funding of the county wide advice service provided by us. We need a minimum of 5000 signatures to get the proposal back to the full council for further scrutiny and debate and wondered if you would please support our campaign and sign our petition.

Could you also please share the link with any friends, family, colleagues to try and get their support as well.

Ambassadors to spread the word on Staffordshire health and care changes

Health leaders in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are looking for community champions to help spread the word about plans to transform the way healthcare is provided across the county.

The Together We’re Better programme, a partnership of health trusts, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities, aims to provide services which better meet the needs of local people, offer a greater focus on prevention and wellbeing, and work more effectively by breaking down the traditional boundaries between organisations so they work together to share ideas and learning.