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There are many ways that members and public sector professionals can stay up to date with the work of Solace, our policy networks and our partners. On this page you can view news bulletins and press releases from the Solace team, and in addition:

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Martin Swales sets out a vision for his Presidency – 0

Last week the new Solace President spoke to the sector press about his vision for his two year Presidency.

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Solace Statement: Solace next President – 0

Next month Solace will have a new President. This is a statement from Graeme Mcdonald, Managing Director of Solace in relation to the role:

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This is a statement from Martin Reeves, Solace Spokesperson for Local Government Finance, in response to the 2019/20 provisional local government finance settlement – 0

"While it is helpful that the publication of the provisional local government finance settlement has not gone down to the wire this year, there is not much other cause for holiday cheer. We are now in the final year of a 4-year settlement, with no certainty about what the future holds. Ultimately it contains little to provide any assurance about the long-term sustainability of local services.

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Solace Response to the Autumn Budget 2018 – 0

This is a statement from Martin Reeves, Solace Spokesperson for Local Government Finance in response to Budget 2018 on 29 October:

“Today's funding announcements for social care and potholes offer a bit of relief but do little to take local public services off the critical list. Unlike the NHS, which has been offered both multi-year funding and a commitment to a 10-year plan, local services have to make do with sticking plasters yet again. The creation of more short-term funding pots is no way to get value for money from public spending.


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Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester – 0

Public Sector Solutions

Local government leaders are under pressure to deliver affordable housing, adult social care, improved infrastructure, and ongoing economic growth; all while trying to identify new revenue streams, remain an attractive employer and find savings across their organisations. As these issues become more complex, it is increasingley important for leaders to ensure that the skills of their workforce adequately reflect the demands of their constituency.

Join Solace Managing Director, Graeme McDonald as 14:50 on 20th November at the Public Sector Solutions Expo as he joins a panel of industry leaders to discuss collaborative leadership.

The Public Sector Solutions Expo Manchester is the UK's must attend regional public sector event. It will take place on 20th November 2018 at Manchester Central and is free to attend for those working in the public sector.

Over 100 leading speakers and thousands of senior budget-holders and decision makers will attend to discuss the future challenges and opportunities facing the public sector across four key themes: digital and technology, corporate solutions, local infrastructure, and workforce and leadership.

They will be joined by more than 50 leading suppliers of solutions and services designed to help the public service save money, improve performance and ultimately deliver better public services.

To reserve your ticket, click here.

Solace President's welcome speech 2018 – 0

Solace President Jo Miller's welcome address to the Solace Summit on 17th October 2018

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Statement from Martin Swales, Solace Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to the Prime Minister’s announcement at Conservative Party Conference that the HRA borrowing cap would be lifted – 0

“It is excellent news that the Prime Minister has recognised what we have long been saying: this country will only solve the housing crisis if councils are freed to build at scale again. This vote of confidence in the sector is very welcome.”

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Statement from Martin Swales, Solace Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing, in response to the publication of the Social Housing Green Paper – 0

“The Social Housing Green Paper represents a significant opportunity to make social housing a key part of the Government’s wider housing strategy. The content of the Green Paper now needs to be carefully considered but we welcome the fact that Government appears to have been listening to Solace and our recommendations, most notably by dropping the proposal to force the sale of high value council homes and by opening the door to more flexible use of Right to Buy receipts.

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Letter from Paul Najsarek, Solace spokesperson for Wellbeing, to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock – 0

To the Rt. Hon. Matt Hancock, 

On behalf of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (Solace), I would like to congratulate you on your appointment as Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. As the representative body for over 1300 Chief Executives and Senior Managers in local government, our members play an invaluable role in ensuring the best possible outcomes for communities across the UK and in delivering the policy ambitions of both national and local politicians to this end.


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Statement from Paul Najsarek, Solace spokesperson for Wellbeing on the LGA's green paper for adult social care and wellbeing – 0

We support the LGA’s objective to show how local government can be at the forefront of developing pragmatic solutions, this should be the time for an informed debate with the public on the future of social care. The absence of adequate, long-term funding and reform for adult social care has already had a significant impact on increasing demand both in the NHS and across council services. As a sector we want to support people to live independent, fulfilled lives and we have shown to be effective in doing this when we have the right tools and funding. Ensuring that people and place are at heart of any reform, is the right approach to take - we now need to pick up the pace of planning to address the urgency of need.

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