A day at the LGA

An interesting couple of days in London last week started with the LGA Community Wellbeing Board of which I am a member. On the Agenda was a discussion with Lord Low who gives his name to the Low Commission on the future of legal aid and legal advice services. Lord Low spoke about he work of the commission and the report they have in draft form about a proposed new framework for those who can’t afford to pay for a solicitor to advise them and when you look at the hourly rate of even a country solicitor nowadays I think that includes a lot more of us than we would like to think.
I spoke about the use of technology and how if we can build the right sort of portal personalized to a resident needs that local government can help get the right info to the right people at the right time, I argued it was at the information end of the at the advice end of the provision strategy. I also said that when you look at the myriad of advice services out there they seem extremely poor at demand management and often provide an expensive face-to-face interaction as the default service when they too should be encouraged,  supported and perhaps commissioned to offer advice through the use of technology in the first instance and then more expensive face-to-face advice once certain amount of demand has been dealt with.
After the Board meeting I then popped downstairs in LGA House to chaired one of the break out workshops at an LGA Conference begin held on the same day called Money Well Spent? – about Public Health in England and how it looks after it has moved form the NHS to Local Government – I had wanted to attend the whole day but could not because of the CWB Board meeting.
The session I chaired was called Commissioning and Funding NHS, Social Care and Public Health Research and my role was to introduce Phil Taverner Assistant Director, National Institute for Health Research (they provide much of the NHS’s research funding) and Professor David Hunter, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Durham University (one of the organisations that do the research). In the Q&A session that followed their presentations I made the point that in the new world of Public Health a s the ring fencing comes away in a couple of years, the public health teams will have to lobby Councillors to fund the various projects they are involving in and thus perhaps the nature of the research and how it is presented needs to evolve to support PH professional in their lobbying for funding as do Directors for every other aspect of Council services in the great budget debates ahead.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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