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The Health Scrutiny Committee published their report in July 2012. From the chair's introduction:
The purpose of this scrutiny was two-fold: Firstly to try and establish how successful the Council is at identifying carers, and ensuring that they are aware of and are accessing the services the Council has to offer, and secondly, to try and learn more about the reality of life as a (largely unpaid) carer, and see if there are ways that we can improve the lot of carers, even when improving direct financial assistance is problematic.
The defining moment of this scrutiny was the meeting where we heard some very harrowing evidence from three carers in very different circumstances, all of whom had to cope with very different types of psychological stress and distress in the course of their caring role. Issues included coping with the daily incontinence of an elderly mother, to coping with the 24hr unpredictability and potentially self-harming behaviour of a psychotic son. What these carers have to live with on an ongoing day-to-day basis is shocking and distressing.
The North Central London CardioVascular and Stroke Network has developed a handbook for stroke patients, which is now available online. The handbook is intended as a comprehensive resource when someone has had a stroke and includes information about stroke units, rehabilitation services, local contact details and advice for families and carers. The information is tailored to the patient's borough of residence.
Individuals will receive a copy of the handbook in hospital or from their community rehabilitation team but the handbook can also be downloaded and/or printed out from here.
The Housing and Mental Health Joint Working Protocol was launched in June 2011 and since then has been rolled out to over a dozen housing organisations in Islington.It sets out the working relationships that Camden & Islington Foundation Trust (C&IFT), Islington Council, Tenancy Management Organisations (TMOs), Partners for Improvement In Islington (Partners) and housing providers should adhere to when dealing with clients and sharing personal information.
It means the organisations understand each other better and work more efficiently and effectively to prevent delays in dealing with housing applications, service requests and complaints from and about vulnerable residents.
The London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC) produces working documents to show how the cuts have affected the voluntary sector in London. Updated monthly they can be used to analyse funding from a London or borough perspective or according to service users or areas.
This review of the voluntary and community sector in Islington commenced in July 2011, is dated May 2012 and comes before the Council Voluntary and Community Sector Committee on 20 September 2012.
Funding to the third sector is down by 17% and total funding to third sector organisations through core grants and contracts has been reduced from £38,455,149 in 2010/11 to £31,826,414 in 2011/12, which equates to a reduction of 17.5%. This is slightly less than the 19% cut to specific grants to the Council in 2011/12 but more than the 11% cut to formula grant in 2011/12. This probably reflects the historic reliance on specific grants to fund third sector activities.
The position is likely to be worse next year as this year’s figures include a number of one off emergency, transitional payments and projects working down. However funding for commissioning young people’s services and lunch clubs will increase the total and there is additional support to local groups of around £1 million through the Community Chest, Discretionary Rate relief, the Local Initiatives Fund and smaller grants within Arts, Sports and Leisure
The Islington Crime Survey was conducted over 20 years ago but is still regarded as one of the most important works on the subject. In this blog article one of the authors gives its key conclusions and highlights its importance.