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Social care green paper delayed - again

Social care green paper delayed - again

The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.

Half of council staff considering quitting their job, survey finds

Half of council employees are thinking of leaving their job for less stressful work, according to a new survey by trade union Unison.

Digital tax planned to balance 'antiquated' business rates

Calls by MPs to scrap business rates have been rejected by a Treasury minister.

Pressure growing for compensation over banned cladding materials

Pressure is mounting for Government compensation to be paid to buildings containing materials expected to be banned in the wake of the Grenfell fire.

Surrey has 'improved' since Parsons Green bomb

Surrey CC has insisted it has made improvements since the Parsons Green bomber partially exploded a device on a tube train, injuring 51 people.

ID could drive residents to 'less secure' postal voting

Residents could be more likely to apply for less secure postal votes if polling station ID requirements become too onerous, a senior political strategist has warned.

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Opinion

There is no room for heroes in today's health and care landscape

Social care green paper delayed - again

Ewan King explains why systems leadership is more important than ever in the age of integrated care systems.

Financial instability is unacceptable, but what can be done?

Carol Culley and Margaret Lee discuss how two major pieces of work by CIPFA can help to strengthen the resilience of the sector.

From care services to more caring places

Alex Khaldi explains why insight and oversight matter in social care.

Preventing another Grenfell

On the first anniversary of the Grenfell tragedy Lord Porter explains how the Local Government Association is working with the Government to stop this from happening again.

What the fire taught us

After Grenfell, changes to governance and consultation were the recommendations of a study for Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and the Democratic Society. Jacqui McKinlay explains.

Can technology help secure the future for local authorities?

Following the annual Local State We're In survey, PwC's Jonathan House says councils face a tougher test than ever, but remain optimistic.

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Best Practice

When Waltham Forest joined the culture club

When Waltham Forest joined the culture club

Waltham Forest has been named as the first-ever London Borough of Culture for 2019, an accolade which includes a windfall of £1.35m. Leader Clare Coghill sets out how the authority is preparing to put its achievements on the cultural map and improve [..]

Analysis

NHS crisis for its 70th

NHS crisis for its 70th

Two major reports this month said it would not be possible to maintain current levels of health and care service provision without passing the burden on to residents through increased taxes. Sam Clayden reports.

Private sector

Council to end multi-million pound ICT contract four years early

Sheffield City Council is pulling out of a major information and communications technology (ICT) contract.

Growth plans for Norse

Norse Group has laid out ambitious growth plans that could lead to it hitting £0.5bn turnover.

Amey hit by £50m compensation bill - reports

Amey has been ordered to pay Birmingham City Council more than £50m in compensation after the contractor lost a long-running court battle, according to reports.