This ‘think piece’ draws on National Audit Office past work, in which they have highlighted the barriers that prevent health and social care services working together effectively, examples of joint working in a ‘whole system’ sense and the move towards services centred on the needs of the individual.

It also draws on recent research and reviews by other organisations.  The report aims to inform the ongoing debate about the future of health and social care in England. It anticipates the upcoming green paper on the future funding of adult social care, and the planned 2019 Spending Review, which will set out the funding needs of both local government and the NHS.

The number of older people living with an unmet care need has risen by nearly 20% in two years, an ageing charity warns.

New analysis from Age UK has found that 1.4 million — or one in seven — older people are not getting the care or support they need.  It also found that more than 300,000 need help with three or more essential everyday tasks, like getting out of bed, going to the toilet or getting dressed.  More than half of these people get no help from paid carers, family members or friends, the charity noted.

After the success of the North East Charity Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017, the awards are returning for their fourth year in 2018. 

The Awards are designed to recognise the hard work and innovative thinking by our local charities and individual fundraisers, whilst also celebrating the local businesses and employees who help to support the work of local charities.  Charity categories include: Uniquely North East, ​Outstanding Social Enterprise, Charity Leader of the Year, and Volunteer of the Year. 

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A group of housing organisations have warned that Universal Credit is ‘flawed’ and is causing debt, suffering and hardship for millions.

The National Housing Federation, the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish Federation of Housing Associations all called on the Government to change their flagship welfare policy, which merges six existing benefits into one, before it is rolled out to all parts of the country this year.

Surveys of 118 housing associations in England, Wales, and Scotland have revealed that their Universal Credit tenants are in £24m of rent arrears.


Nominations for The Queen's Award 2019 are now open.

The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK to recognise outstanding work done in their own communities. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation.  It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

Any group doing volunteer work that provides a social, economic or environmental service to the local community can be nominated for the award. Each group is assessed on the benefit it brings to the local community and its standing within that community.  

Register on the website to nominate a group.  The deadline for nominations is midnight on 14th September 2018 to make sure your nominated group is considered for the 2019 awards.  It is very important that you read the guidance notes for further conditions and information before submitting your nominations.