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2013

July - December

  • Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez joins senior figures at Guardian roundtable to discuss social care. With the social care system under continual financial pressure, Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez joined a host of senior figures in social care at a Guardian/CapacityGRID roundtable to discuss the future of social care. 27 November 2013
  • Recessions Risk Cognitive Mid-Life Decline
    A study co-authored by LSEHSC researchers Mauricio Avendano-Pabon and Philipp Hessel on the long-term effects of recessions on cognition appeared on Bloomberg and in the Mail Online. 20 November 2013
  • Exercise "potentially as effective" as many drugs for common diseases Physical activity is potentially as effective as many drug interventions for patients with existing coronary heart disease and stroke, a review of evidence suggests. The report by Huseyin Naci, a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a fellow of Harvard Medical School, and Professor John Ioannidis, director of Stanford University School of Medicine, is published on bmj.com
    See full list of media reports. 2 October 2013
  • How football is helping unlock dementia patients' memories
    Dr Michael Clark from the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE evaluated a pilot project the Sporting Memories Network ran across care homes in Leeds. The Guardian (web) 12 September 2013
  • Research conducted by Huseyin Naci from LSE Health finds Statin use linked to few side effects
    Statins — the popular class of cholesterol-lowering drugs used widely to prevent recurrent heart disease and a first event — appear to cause few side effects, according to new research conducted by Huseyin Naci from LSE Health, Jasper Brugts from Erasmus Medical Center and Professor Tony Ades from the University of Bristol.
    To read further news coverage please click here 9/10 July 2013
  • Use of antidepressants soar in Europe
    Research by David McDaid quoted in The Times of South Africa and Medical News Today. 8 July 2013.

January - June

  • Sustainable healthcare: race is on to save both money and the sick
    Sarah Thomson, senir lecturer in health policy at the London School of Economics, who led part of the work featured in this report, says that Europe-wide there has been no marked increase in the private share of health spending – that is, the sums that citizens were expected to provide. Financial Times 20 June 2013
  • Africa: raising the profile of obesity, heart disease and diabetes
    Public health efforts in Africa have focused on infectious diseases such as HIV, but chronic diseases are also big killers. Few people know more about the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa than Professor Ama de-Graft Aikins. An LSE African Initiative Fellow at LSE Health and associate professor of social psychology at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, it has been the main focus of her work since 2004. Guardian (web) 10 May 2013
  • New research exposes scale of Government’s social care crisis for disabled people
    New research published exposes true scale of the Government's social care crisis. PSSRU's Jose-Luis Fernandez, Tom Snell, Julien Forder and Raphael Wittenberg contributed to the report. National Autistic Society, 30 April 2013
  • Traffic light labels
    Dr Adam Oliver spoke briefly on the food labels system and how it affects behaviour.
    BBC Food Programme, Radio 4 (around 21 minutes in), 13th January 2013
  • Patient care survey
    LSE Health's Lisa Trigg was interviewed on BBC Radio Five Live, discussing the implications of Amazon/Trip Advisor type reviews of hospital care facilities.
    BBC iPlayer, 4 January 2013

2012

October  - December

  • Get fit by walking and collecting 'ground miles' as you go
    LSE Health's Adam Oliver is cited. The Telegraph, 19 November 2012
  • Britain condemned for "mad house" care of schizophrenia patients
    Report released by the Schizophrenia Commission, authored by Martin Knapp and colleagues was reported in the media.
    Reuters, 14 November 2012, FinChannel.com, 16 November 2012

July - September

  • Sean Boyle: "Community Healthcare is no panacea"
    The Guardian, Letters page, 9 September 2012
  • Julian Le Grand interviewed on Newsnight
    Julian Le Grand spoke to the BBC Newsnight programme about ethical banking, 7 August 2012
  • Govt mutuals advisor: No transport co-ops without local representatives
    "In an exclusive interview with Surveyor, Prof Le Grand warned local transport would require its own co-operative model in order to operate in the best interests of the community.", Localgov.co.uk , 2 August 2012
    The North Yorkshire News, 7 August 2012
  • Social workers 'more generous' to clients in high-threshold councils
    'Practitioners asked to assign 24 service user case studies to Fair Access to Care Services bands gave significantly different answers depending on the council they worked for, found the research produced by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics', Community Care, 2 August 2012

April - June

  • Have a care for the carers forced to give up work, finanzen.ch, 30 June 2012
  • Suicide and Eurozone Crisis, Research by David McDaid cited in this article. MaltaStar.com, 28 June 2012
  • Unpaid carers cost economy £5.3bn, charity warns
    Analysis by Age UK built on a study conducted by PSSRU staff (led by Dr Linda Pickard), on behalf of an NIHR grant has been cited in a report on the BBC News website. BBC News, 27 June 2012
  • On the couch: Mental illness is losing out in battle for NHS funds, Ealing Gazette, 25 June 2012. Also cited in Al Jazeera article, 7 August 2012.
  • Make mutuals mainstream, urges taskforce
    In a report launched at the London School of Economics, The Mutuals Taskforce recommends that establishing a mutual be made a mainstream option for public service delivery, and it advocates that certain barriers be removed in order to make this happen. The Mutuals Taskforce is chaired by Professor Julian Le Grand, Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy. Civil Society, 25 June 2012
  • PSSRU's Jose-Luis Fernandez on Parliament TV
    Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez presented evidence on social care on Parliament TV. The transcript is available here. 19 June 2012.
  • Invest in social care to revive economy, government told, Community Care, 2 May 2012
  • Charity urges government to back new strategy on care jobs, BBC News, 2  May 2012
  • A new way to find jobs for two in five wishing to work beyond 65, Telegraph Blog by Ian Cowie, 2 May 2012
  • Shrinking social care puts families and employers under strain, LocalGov.co.uk, 2 May 2012
  • Care crisis destroys family finances, Saga Zone, 3 May 2012
  • Care crisis destroys family finances, AOL, 2 May 2012
  • Charity urges government to back new strategy on care jobs, Manchester Wired, 2 May 2012
  • Fresh strategy urged on care jobs, Human Health and Science, 2 May 2012
  • New strategy urged for carers, Savista Magazine, May 2012

January - March

2011

Books they read: Dr Florence Baingana
...Florence Baingana is a psychiatrist and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow with the Personal Social Services Unit of the London School of Economics/Makerere University School of Public Health. She is also a member of the Finance Committee of the World Psychiatric Association, is a Member of the Advisory Committee... Uganda Daily Monitor |- May 07 2011

...Florence Baingana is a psychiatrist and Wellcome Trust Research Fellow with the Personal Social Services Unit of the - May 07 2011 

2010

November

Investing in local communities 'could save millions' for social care agencies
...Speaking at the National Children and Adult Services Conference 2010, Professor Martin Knapp, director of the LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit, outlined the savings...Community Care.co.uk| - Nov 05 2010 

BBC Radio Kent
...Linda Pickard on the rising cost of care for the elderly
BBC Radio Kent, 09 November 2010

October

The Westminster Hour
LSE research commissioned by Age UK
BBC Radio 4, 31 October  2010 

LSE research commissioned by Age UKBBC Radio 4, 31 October  2010 

Key recent research findings in mental health
...up to our daily and weekly emails About the author Martin Knapp is professor of social policy at London School of Economics, and director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research...Communitycare.co.uk| - Oct 22 2010 

Planning For Spending Cuts
...
Unattributed Andrew Harrop, director of policy and public affairs for Age UK, comments on likely cuts to care for the elderly, quoting an LSE report which models the impact of the first two years of any such cuts...New Statesman - Oct 11 2010 

Nurse-led projects most effective in cutting admissions
...falls follow-ups, hospital at home schemes and rapid response teams. A study by the University of Kent and London School of Economics based Personal Social Services Research Unit found primary care trusts running these projects saved up to £1.90 on...Nursing Times| - Oct 4 2010 

September

World's pensioners storing up for global care crunch
 ...generations, rising divorce rates, migration, the growth of women in employment and the increase of one person households. London School of Economics Principal Research Fellow Jose-Luis Fernandez, who examines key aging issues affecting modern societies... Yahoo! UK and Ireland| - Sep 16 2010 

Young-at-heart' elderly could face care crisis
 ...the burden of care. But according to the results of a Bupa -sponsored report released today by the London School of Economics (LSE), this is a dangerous assumption to make. The LSE report reveals that the "informal care network", the traditional pattern Health Insurance Magazine| - Sep 16 2010

Over 65s living for today not planning for tomorrow
 ...already made some kind of preparation for their later years. A Bupa report also released today by the London School of Economics revealed that the 'informal care network' (the traditional pattern of families looking after their elderly) is... Mortgage Introducer| - Sep 16 2010 

Care crunch looming for over 65s...
...the 'disintegrating' informal care network provided by friends and families, it adds. The Bupa study conducted by the London School of Economics (LSE) reveals that less than a quarter (22%) of over 65s have put money aside for their later years and... IFAonline.co.uk| - Sep 16 2010

August

Autism 'costs UK almost £28 billion a year' more
...report says that more supported employment opportunities for people with autism are needed. Professor Martin Knapp, of the London School of Economics, who led the research, said: "At a time when the government is emphasising the need for higher rates of..." Awares.org| - 3 Aug 2010

July

Why we are failing children with autism
... improved their child's mental health. Sadly, only two out of five received this support. A report for the London School of Economics calculated autism costs Britain 27billion a year in care and support, with ten per cent going to children's services.  Metro.co.uk|, 21 Jul 2010

How befriending services can aid older people's well-being 
... intervention. Brighter Futures Kent Council funded activities including befriending services organised and delivered by local voluntary groups. The London School of Economics' Personal Social Services Research Unit evaluated this local programme, called ...Communitycare.co.uk|, 9 July 2010 

June

Psychiatrists make recommendations for redesign of mental health services
 ... in November 2009 - a piece of joint work carried out between the RCPsych, NHS Confederation and the London School of Economics. The enquiry represents a serious effort to consider service redesign in mental healthcare, and give voice to the people who...Web Newswire, 22 June 2010 

May

Cost-effectiveness in children's social care
Jennifer Beecham looks at what we know and don't know about cost-effectiveness in children's social care
Community Care|, 28 May 2010 

March

Half a million older people at risk if the budget hits social care warns charity
Half a million frail older people in England will be left without state-supported care services if older people's care is not protected from government-wide spending cuts in tomorrow's Budget, according to new research for Age Concern and Help the Aged. The new research, undertaken by the London School of Economics...
Help the Aged Press Release|, 23 March 2010

February

Looking for the answers in health and social care
LSE Health and Social Care, a research centre within the LSE's department of social policy, has won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for applying research to the advancement of global health and social care policy. "The centre works to bridge the gap between research and policy," explains Professor Alistair McGuire, head of the department of social policy. A key part of its work involves identifying best practice across the European Union and discovering how it stems from local policies. The centre is currently involved in developing the EU's mental health strategy. Its work has also fuelled debate about contentious healthcare reforms in the United States.
Times (Queens Anniversary Prizes 2010), 18 February 2010, pages 2 & 3.

2009

November

University and college awards: the winners
The Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Higher and Further Education are awarded every two years to recognise outstanding contributions by colleges and universities in the UK.
London School of Economics and Political Science - Sustained research bringing together diverse disciplines and cutting-edge methods to tackle major challenges in health and social care, through contr...
The Telegraph|, 19 November 2009  

Recession sparks mental health crisis
Demand for mental health services has increased over the past 12 months as people struggle to cope with unemployment, debt, home repossession and threat of redundancy, according to a new study.
Euractive|, 18 November 2009    

The World at One
Professor Martin Knapp, LSE, discussed the bill which will provide free support for elderly and disabled people to be cared for in their homes.
BBC Radio 4, 18 November 2009

We Must Avoid The Mistakes Of The Past In Fighting The Downturn
A major new report from the Mental Health Network, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the London School of Economics makes the case for mental health as health spending faces a spending squeeze Th...
Medical News Today|, 12 November 2009

'Shortcut' mental health commissioning would cause disaster
Cutting mental health services through "shortcut commissioning" will have a disastrous effect on people's health as well as the economy, academics have warned.
services are particularly vulnerable to cuts, according to a joint report by the London School of Economics, Mental Health Network and Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Health Service Journal|, 12 November 2009

View the Mental Health and Economic Downturn Report|

October

Parents of autistic children not giving up
Parents of autistic children refuse to give up their fight to save an intensive program that helps make their kids productive taxpayers. The London School of Economics calculated this year that the lifetime costs for someone with autism without intellectual disability is $1.4 million, and more than $2 million for someone with autism wh...
Kelowa Daily Courier, 24 October 2009 (article has since been taken offline)

July

Will the public back the national care service? - Care Appointments
Care Appointments|, 23 July 2009

National care service article in Health Service Journal                                                                                                                                                 The long awaited social care green paper proposes reforms including a new 'national care service', but what are the implications and where will the money come from?
Health Service Journal|, 23 July 2009

Social care green paper article in Health Service Journal                                                                                                                                                 The long-awaited social care green paper has set out the government's ambition for a national care service that could offer a basic minimum entitlement to all, regardless of financial means.
Health Service Journal|, 15 July 2009

Adult social care green paper
The Department of Health is due to publish a green paper setting out proposals for the long-term reform of adult social care funding early on 14 July, 2009.
The government held nine events for stakeholders and five for citizens around the country to raise awareness of the issues facing the care system. It also commissioned the London School of Economics t...
Community Care|, 14 July 2009

Professor Martin Knapp on the future of social care
Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4|, 14 July 2009 

Social care green paper delayed again
The Department of Health commissioned the London School of Economics to model six approaches to social care funding, ranging from making no changes to a system where the state pays for all care.
Health Service Journal|, 2 July 2009

June

ABC Australia, Australia Talks, Mental Health Care, June 25
Professor Martin Knapp took part in a discussion on Australian radio about a range of issues related to mental health care provision, community programmes, and whether there is still a stigma attached to mental illness.
ABC Australia, 25 June 2009

May 

LSE: Autism costs the UK more than £27 billion a year
The report, by academics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and King's College London, shows how care costs are spread between age ...
The FINANCIAL - Tbilisi,Georgia|, 22 May 2009 

LONDON, May 21 (UPI) -- The annual costs of autism spectrum disorder in Britain is more than $42 billion a year, researchers estimate.
Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics provided a comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of autism spectrum disorder in Britain involving the healthcare system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets.
Ustinet News|, 22 May 2009

Autism in Britain costs about $43 billion
LONDON, May 21 (UPI) -- The annual costs of autism spectrum disorder in Britain is more than $42 billion a year, researchers estimate.
Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics provided a comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of autism spectrum disorder in Britain involving the healthcare system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets.
United Press International|, 22 May 2009

Employing People With Autism Could Save The UK Economy Billions Each Year
It is estimated that within the UK there are around 535,000 people with Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD), including with Autism or Asperger syndrome. According to Professor Martin Knapp from the London School of Economics, who spoke at the event, this represents a potential cost to the UK economy of £28 billion a year for supporting both adults and children.
Medical News Today|, 21 May 2009

The Cost Of Autism In The UK is More Than $41 Billion Every Year
Research published this week in the journal Autism, published by SAGE, estimate the annual costs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to be more than £27 billion a year.

The costs of supporting children ... The Economic impacts of autism research, led by Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of ASD in the UK to date.

Speaking at the Goldsmiths event, Knapp will reveal the significant costs to the public sector, in particular the health system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets. He will also outline the steep rise in costs for adults, calling for increased early intervention for those with ASDs.
MediLexicon|, 20 May 2009

Autism costs UK £27 billion a year, says study
A new report has said that more than £27 billion is spent on autism support and care every year in the UK. Published in the journal Autism and carried out by the London School of Economics, the findin...  A new report has said that more than £27 billion is spent on autism support and care every year in the UK. Published in the journal Autism and carried out by the London School of Economics, the findings reveal the financial burden of the learning disability on public sectors such as social care, health care, education and housing.
Care Appointments|, 20 May 2009

Autism In The UK Costs More Than $41 Billion Every Year, Shows New Research
Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washinton DC (18 May 2009) - Research published this week in the Journal, published by SAGE, estimate the annual costs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) t...

The Economic impacts of autism research, led by Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of ASD in the UK to date. Speaking at the Goldsmiths event, Knapp will reveal the significant costs to the public sector, in particular the health system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets. He will also outline the steep rise in costs for adults, calling for increased early intervention for those with ASDs.
Medcompare|, 19 May 2009

More than GBP 27 billion spent annually on UK autism care
Research published this week in the journal Autism reveals that providing social help and care for sufferers of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) is costing the UK over GBP 27 billion (EUR 30.7 billion...

The study, led by Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics, was presented at a workshop called Autism & Employment which took place on 18 May at Goldsmiths, University of London. The workshop was organised to review current research policy for ASDs, and to help people suffering from ASDs find work and be able to deal with the working environment.
Cordis, 19 May 2009 18.06

Autism in the UK costs more than $41 billion every year, shows new research
Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washinton DC (18 May 2009) - Research published this week in the Journal Autism, published by SAGE, estimate the annual costs of autism spectrum disorder ...

The Economic impacts of autism research, led by Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of ASD in the UK to date. Speaking at the Goldsmiths event, Knapp will reveal the significant costs to the public sector, in particular the health system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets. He will also outline the steep rise in costs for adults, calling for increased early intervention for those with ASDs.
Eurek|, 18 May 2009

Autism In The UK Costs More Than $41 Billion Every Year
The Economic impacts of autism research, led by Professor Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics, provides the most comprehensive analysis of the economic impacts of ASD in the UK to date. Speaking at the Goldsmiths event, Knapp will reveal the significant costs to the public sector, in particular the health system, social care agencies, education and housing budgets. He will also outline the steep rise in costs for adults, calling for increased early intervention for those with ASDs.
Red Orbit|, 18 May 2009 

April

Autumn of love
Chris Arnot talks to Martin Knapp, professor of social policy at the LSE and director of the LSE's personal social services research unit as well as the new national School for Social Care Research. He discusses the latter's launch, and expresses the belief that its £15m budget could be recognition that social care hasn't been given the same attention as primary healthcare.
Guardian (Education)|, 28-Apr-2009, page 9

Britain's Homecare Scandal
Care of the elderly is a professional job. Assisting medication, feeding, changing, bathing, even using hoists demands a level of expertise we expect in the care of some of our most vulnerable people. Research from the London School of Economics, commissioned by Panorama, found that 70% of home care is provided by the independent sector today and is worth £1.5 billion.
bbc.co.uk|, 09 April 09 (bbc.co.uk)

March

Hospices: 'It's a place of love, not death'
Interview with Dr Ann Richardson.
Times Online|, 9 March 2009

Interview with Dr Ann Richardson., 9 March 2009 

January 

Adult social care green paper
The Department of Health is expected to publish a green paper setting out proposals for the long-term reform of adult social care funding early in 2009.
The government held nine events for stakeholders and five for citizens around the country to raise awareness of the issues facing the care system. It also commissioned the London School of Economics to model different funding scenarios and conducted an opinion poll on public attitudes and awareness of the care system.
Community Care|, 12 January 2009

2008

November

Social Care Funding Split Could Lead To Schemes Based On Age
Health chiefs are considering splitting social care funding into separate schemes for people of working age and those in retirement. The DH is planning an international conference in January on the pros and cons of other countries' systems. It has commissioned the London School of Economics to model six approaches, ranging from making no changes to a system where the state pays for all care.
Care Appointments|, 28 November 2008
Health Service Journal|, 27 November 2008 

June

Vigilance on dementia signs urged
Refers to LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society
BBC Wales|, 17 June 2008

Refers to LSE report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, 17 June 2008 

Dementia burden could bring down NHS, experts warn
The number of people with dementia in the UK is expected to rise from 700,000 at present to 1.7m in the next 40 years, according to the London School of Economics. Guardian|, 18 June 2008

NHS 'won't survive' dementia deluge
Research from LSE and Institute of Psychiatry last year suggested that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds every year.
ITV, 18 June 2008

Call to boost dementia funding
Research from the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry last year suggested that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, costing billions of pounds every year.
Press Association, 18 June 2008

NHS 'may not survive next 20 years' unless dementia funding is increased
Research from the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry last year suggested more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051. (full article no longer available)
Daily Telegraph|, 17 June 2008 

Vigilance on dementia signs urged
Research by London School of Economics and King's College London commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society found Cardiff and Swansea have the highest number of people with dementia, while Ceredigion and Powys will see some of the biggest growth in the condition.
BBC|, 17 June 2008

May

System under stress
A new King's Fund report presents a comprehensive long-term view of mental health services and warns the government that expanding demand will require sustained funding increases.
Guardian|, 28 May 2008

A new King's Fund report presents a comprehensive long-term view of mental health services and warns the government that expanding demand will require sustained funding increases., 28 May 2008 

Mental health bill 'will spiral'
The cost of caring for people with mental health disorders in England is expected to spiral, a report says. This is due to a predicted rise in the number of people with dementia, the King's Fund study argues.
BBC News|, 27 May 2008

Misery of dementia
A new report on the disease has been published by Martin Knapp, a professor of social policy at LSE and Dr Paul McCrone, a health economist from King's College London. They recommend that health professionals, especially family doctors, should urgently improve their systems for early detection of the disease. It also urges drugs companies to keep up their efforts to develop cost-effective treatments.
Manchester Evening News|, 26 May 2008

Dementia will strike down million people
Almost a million people in England will have dementia within a generation and the bill for dealing with the disease will rise to £35bn a year, a major new study reveals. The King's Fund report is the work of Martin Knapp, a professor of social policy at LSE, and Dr Paul McCrone, a health economist at King's College London.
The Observer|, 25 May 2008

Appointments
Martin Knapp, director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics, was recently awarded one of the first 100 Senior Investigator Awards from the National Institute for Health Research. The award is given to support and incentivise individuals who are making a contribution to research essential for decision-making in health and social care. Professor Knapp said: 'I am delighted to get this award for achievements in the health policy and social care areas.'
THE|, 15 May 2008  

Government Launches National Debate on the Future of Care and Support - £31 million hi-tech home healthcare scheme begins
Press release from the Department of Health, 12 May 2008

Johnson calls for 'radical change'
Health Secretary Alan Johnson has called for "radical change" in social care amid claims the system in England is heading towards a £6 billion funding gap within 20 years. He stressed the importance of people using new technology to help manage their own conditions as he launched a consultation on the future of social care. The prediction over the funding gap comes from the Personal Social Services Research Unit. It claims that if current funding levels continue and care needs rise as predicted, social care in England will cost £40.9 billion in 2041.
Metro|, 12 May 2008

Related News
Johnson admits £6bn black hole in funding of care for older people,
Guardian|, 12 May 2008
Brown vows to make care 'fairer', BBC News|, 12 May 2008
Q&A: Social care, BBC News|, 12 May 2008
£6bn care funding gap consultation
, Metro|, 11 May 2008
Warning over social care funding
, BBC News|, 11 May 2008

PPI warns over rising state pensions expenditure
To help combat the problem of underfunding, the PPI has announced its New Dynamics and Ageing Population programme would be funding new research into pensions and long-term care through the research group Modelling Ageing Populations to 2030. The project is due to be completed at the end of next year and brings together research experts from the London School of Economics, University of East Anglia, University of Leicester and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
FT Adviser|, 1 May 2008  

April 

Direct payments support services - are they ready for a major growth in uptake?
View LSE Press Release|, April 2008

England payment support schemes overstretched
A comprehensive analysis of direct payment support services in the UK has unearthed waiting lists for users in England, low take-up and a lack of funding for ongoing support. Though based on figures for 2004-5, the report by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics provides one of the most detailed pictures to date of the challenges facing direct payment support schemes, most of which are under contract from councils.
Community Care|, 09 April 2008 

March

Dementia timebomb 'will hit 1.2m'
Forecasts by Prof Martin Knapp, from the London School of Economics, predict that the number with dementia living in care homes will rise by 88 per cent by 2031, when close to 400,000 would be living in long-stay institutions.
Daily Telegraph|, 24 March 2008  

Forecasts by Prof Martin Knapp, from the London School of Economics, predict that the number with dementia living in care homes will rise by 88 per cent by 2031, when close to 400,000 would be living in long-stay institutions., 24 March 2008  

January

BBC Care Calculator

BBC care calculator launches
A BBC campaign has highlighted the state of caring in the UK by introducing an online 'care calculator'. Designed in conjunction with Radio 4's You and Yours programme and the London School of Economics, the calculator gives information on social care provision for adults based on average figures for England.
Community Care|, 14 January 2008 

Do the sums
The BBC's month-long series, Care in the UK, reflects concerns about the rationing of care for older people and people with disabilities. It is timely - the corporation will ask listeners for their views and forward them to the government's consultation on the future of social care. A central part of the BBC's activities is built around the 'care calculator'. Developed with the London School of Economics, the care calculator is an online tool that enables people to find out what care is available in England and how much they will have to pay for it.
Society Guardian|, 16 January 2008 

Adding up the cost of social care
Amid concerns about the affordability of care for elderly and disabled people, the BBC and London School of Economics (LSE) have joined forces to launch an online tool that estimates the cost of care according to individual circumstances.
Society Guardian|, 16 January 2008 

Institutional care for disabled people in EU not satisfactory
Institutional care for disabled people in the European Union (EU) continues to fall short of acceptable standards in many cases, a report released Tuesday by the European Commission says. The European Commission financed a study on the development of community-based services for people with disabilities. The study was carried out by the University of Kent and the London School of Economics.
Xinhua, China|, Tuesday 29 January 2008 

2007

December

The economics behind the new deal for carers
Julien Forder speaks to Mark Ivory on the economics of providing more support to long-term carers
Community Care|, 6 December 2007

Julien Forder speaks to Mark Ivory on the economics of providing more support to long-term carers, 6 December 2007

Julien Forder speaks to Mark Ivory on the economics of providing more support to long-term carers, 6 December 2007 

Most employers fail to tackle stress at early stage...
Article refers to a 2006 study by the London School of Economics which claimed a £750 course of cognitive behavioural therapy was both cheaper and more effective than drug-based solutions.
Personnel Today|, 4 December 2007 

November

Denying work to autistic people is expensive
The lifetime cost to society of someone with autism could be as high as £4.7 million per person, according to a study today which calls for more job opportunities for those with the condition. The report, Economic Consequences of Autism in the UK, was led by Professor Martin Knapp, of the London School of Economics, who said: 'Lost productivity for people with autism and their families costs the UK economy almost £10 billion.'
Daily Telegraph|, 20 November 2007

Autism costs UK £28bn a year
Channel 4 News|, 19 November 2007

New LSE research on the economic consequences of autism
Family structure has changed dramatically over past decade finds new research
View press release on the LSE Press and Information Office website at
http://www2.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/news/archives/2007/EconomicConsequencesAutism.aspx|

Dementia costs underestimated
According to figures published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the cost of dementia care in England has been underestimated. Research from the London School of Economics (LSE) shows that the cost of long-term care for people with dementia will rise to £16.7 billion by 2031, although a 2003 projection put it at £10.9 billion. Professor Martin Knapp, lead researcher at LSE, said:' A dramatically rising ageing population over the next 25 years will have major implications - not only in terms of diseases like Alzheimer's - but also in terms of the wider impact on society.
Craegmoor News Thursday 11 October (article no longer available)

Dementia costs 'underestimated'
The impact dementia has on care costs in England has been dramatically underestimated, new figures shows. A report commissioned by the Alzheimer's Research Trust shows that the cost to provide long-term care for older people with dementia will increase to £16.7 bn not £10.9 bn as previously thought, by 2031. Professor Martin Knap, lead researcher at LSE said: 'The research shows that if treatments developed were to reduce the percentage of older people with severe cognitive impairment by over 1 per cent per year, this would offset the increasing long-term care costs'.
Nursing in Practice|, Monday 8 October

We must win hearts on direct payments
Article about research released today on direct payments, written by Professor Martin Knapp, one of the report's authors. Martin Knapp is professor of social policy and co-director, LSE Health and Social Care at LSE. Guardian|  

Direct payments across the UK - are all councils delivering the same service?
View press release on the LSE Press and Information Office website at  Press and Information Office|.

View the report Direct Payments: A National Survey of Direct Payments Policy and Practice| (PDF) by Vanessa Davey, José-Luis Fernández, Martin Knapp et al.  

Mental health epidemiology
Current study results from the report, Income-related inequality in mental health in Britain: the concentration index approach, have been published. The research was carried out by Roshni Mangalore and colleagues, Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE. The researchers concluded: 'As much of the observed inequality is probably due to factors associated with income and not due to the demographic composition of the income quintiles, it may be that these inequalities are potentially "avoidable".' Science Letter (Source: Lexis Nexis News)  

Tax breaks for care vouchers would help plug widening 'care gap'
Press release from Counsel and Care (no longer available)

Big firms urge tax breaks and vouchers for working carers
Research from the London School of Economics, commissioned by care campaigners supporting the voucher scheme including Counsel and Care, predicted that, in return for £37m investment from the government, £83m could be generated for care services. Guardian| , 7 November 2007

Employers back broader tax breaks for carers Financial Times|, 7 November 2007 

Tax breaks for care vouchers would help plug widening 'care gap'
Research from the London School of Economics, released today, reveals the economic benefits of the proposal. It predicts that for only £37m investment from government, £83m could be generated for care services. This could pay for an extra 5.5 million hours of home care.
eGov Monitor (article no longer available)

September

Med diet helps against Alzheimer's, says expert
Article refers to a study carried out by the society, in partnership with the London School of Economics and King's College London, which predicted that by 2025 a total of one million people will suffer from dementia across the UK and as a result the society is promoting healthy eating as a way to reduce the possible impact of the disease.
Birmingham Post, Tuesday 11 September 2007(Source: Lexis Nexis News)

Campaigners have called for more Government funding into research of Alzheimer's as cases in Birmingham are set to spiral by 10 per cent within 15 years. Researchers at the London School of Economics and King's College have found dementia currently affects 9,378 people in Birmingham and is set to rise to 10,305 by 2021., Tuesday 11 September 2007(Source: Lexis Nexis News) 

August

Tunstall supports leading UK charities in call for tax breaks for carers
Recent research by the London School of Economics, launched on 11th July, has predicted that for a £37m investment from government, £83m could be generated for care services. This could pay for an extra 5.5 million hours of home care, or the equivalent amount of telecare solutions.
PRWire|

Dementia 'must be a priority'
Dementia is set to soar in the North-west with experts forecasting a 33 per cent rise over the next 15 years. Research commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society warns that more than 101,000 people in the region will be living with dementia by 2021. The London School of Economics and King's College London research reports that dementia currently affects 76,000 people in the North-west.
The Bolton News, August 2007

March - July

Major firms back tax breaks for carers
Carers should have tax breaks to allow them to remain at work, employers and charities said yesterday. The London School of Economics has assessed a scheme that would give tax breaks in return for care vouchers. These would be provided by employers as a benefit to staff who are carers.
Daily Telegraph|

Tax breaks urged to help carers
Channel 4 News
Tax Exemptions on Care Vouchers for Working Carers: An Economic Analysis by Tom Snell, Jose-Luis Fernandez and Russell Bennetts. (no longer available)

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at LSE research shows economic benefits of care voucher scheme|  

Irish Times
Expert urges mental health promotion
As the burden and cost of mental health problems rises, the cost and benefits of prevention and promotion efforts need to be weighed against the cost of not intervening, a health promotion conference in Galway has been told. Prof Martin Knapp of the London School of Economics and professor of Health Economics at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, said that by promoting mental health, governments can reduce the overall risk of ill health in society and make cost savings at the same time. (Source: Lexis Nexis News)

Dementia UK, by Martin Knapp
A report into the prevalence and cost of dementia prepared by the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, for the Alzheimer's Society
Dementia UK, The full report|(PDF)

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at Major new report shows the impact of dementia in the UK|

February

Alzheimer's study has implications for LGBT people
A major study on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, through Kings College, London and the London School of Economics has been published today. The implications of these figures for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transsexual (LGBT) community are huge. With at least 5 per cent of the adult population being LGBT people, the increasing numbers within our community suffering from this terrible condition will be very significant.
See pinknews.co.uk|, 28 February 2007

A major study on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK, commissioned by the Alzheimer's Society, through Kings College, London and the London School of Economics has been published today. The implications of these figures for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transsexual (LGBT) community are huge. With at least 5 per cent of the adult population being LGBT people, the increasing numbers within our community suffering from this terrible condition will be very significant.See , 28 February 2007 

The county's looming dementia crisis
Norwich Evening News, 28 February 2007

UK Alzheimer's Society calls for more funding for dementia research
Cordis News|, 28 February 2007

Dementia costs the UK nearly 540 per second, says report
Pharma Times| [registration required]

Dementia sufferers to reach 1.7m by 2050
Dementia is now costing the UK £539 a second, according to a new report.
Care and health, 27 February 2007

Care homes urged to tackle 'dementia time bomb'
Article refers to a report on the social and economic impact of dementia in the UK, the research was led by Professor Martin Knapp at LSE's Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) and Professor Martin Prince at the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London.
Sunday Herald

Britain Seeing More Dementia Cases
Dog flu diet and diseases, 27 February 2007 Health Insurance and Protection Magazine

Britain facing dementia timebomb
Research shows that more than 1.7 million people in the UK will have dementia by 2051, an increase of 154 per cent from now. That means that dementia will affect the lives of around one in three people either as a sufferer, or as a carer or relative, according to the researchers, from the London School of Economics and Institute of Psychiatry.
Health Insurance and Protection|, February 2007

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at Mental health expenditure in Scotland gives cause for concern finds new LSE research|

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at LSE academics provide Wanless Social Care Review research|

2006

Wanless review calls for extra money and a new funding system
|King's Fund, 30 March 2006  

Sunday Express (14 January)1p tax would rescue elderly
Caring for Britain's sick and elderly properly would cost just one penny in every pound of income tax - but instead billions are being wasted by the Government in other areas. Dr Julien Forder of the London School of Economics, the project manager of the Wanless report, said: 'Not enough money is being spent on providing a reasonable level of care for the elderly. It has not been a Government priority.'(Source: Lexis Nexis)

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at New projections point to substantial rise in costs of long-term care for older people|

Media reports are available on the LSE's Press and Information Office website at Research projects major increase in Alzheimer's care costs| Demand for Long Term Care|

Groundbreaking analysis on the voluntary sector published today|

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