In advance of May, MEAM has published three top-level asks for the next government. We will be working with decision makers before and after the election to ensure that these asks – and the recommendations from the Voices From the Frontline project – are considered by the next administration.
Listening to people with multiple needs
and those who support them
Our launch publication explores the experiences of people with complex needs and the frontline staff who are working with them.
It draws on in-depth conversations with over 50 people and survey research with 140 services across the country. It calls for politicians and civil servants to involve those with complex problems in shaping future policy to avoid negative consequences.
Baroness Tyler, Chair of MEAM, has called for a new national focus on individuals with multiple needs, during a House of Lords debate on Social Justice.
How policy changes are affecting people experiencing multiple needs
The interim report from our Voices from the Frontline project features the results of a survey of over 140 local services.
Our findings suggest that recent welfare reforms are having a negative impact on people with multiple needs. The report also explores the effect of changes to the way services are commissioned.
This report from FTI Consulting and Pro Bono Economics highlights the considerable wellbeing improvements and financial savings that a more coordinated approach can deliver, including one pilot which reduced service use costs by 26.4% over the study period. You can also read about the report in the Independent on Sunday. (Please note the first year report of the pilots and technical appendix are also available).
MEAM has published an independent interim evaluation of its work since 2009, including its support to local areas using the MEAM Approach. The evaluation was completed by Jean Barclay and associates in spring 2014.
As we approach 2015, politicians of all parties are beginning to define the ideas that will shape our public services for the future. But what does this thinking really mean for those facing multiple needs and exclusions? In Within Reach politicians and policy experts from across the political spectrum outline how our services need to change to provide the kind of support the most vulnerable in our society really need
This document, developed by Dr Marcus Roberts at DrugScope, provides a comprehensive overview of recent policy changes across health, mental health, homelessness, substance misuse and criminal justice.