• Plea for £1.6bn winter care funding

    06 November 2020

    Social care directors have made an appeal to the Government for a new funding package.

  • We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS

    06 November 2020

    The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.

  • Care Act easements 'politicised'

    05 November 2020

    A ‘sense of injustice’ among adult care directors has been detailed in a report on the use of easements in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Short-termism can be expensive

    04 November 2020

    COVID-19 has laid bare the numerous challenges faced by adult social care. Iain MacBeath, NCASC 2020 speaker on funding and reform, says now is the time to take a risk and develop the integrated services we’ve aspired to.

  • Care directors warn of lockdown impact on homes

    02 November 2020

    The Association of Directors of Adults Social Services (ADASS) has urged the Government to ensure families can visit care homes during the lockdown.

  • Persist and survive

    21 October 2020

    We will get through and beyond the ‘six-month wall’ and survive this crisis by working together and looking out for each other, says president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services James Bullion.

  • Digitising the front door to care

    12 October 2020

    A new 'white paper' report by consultancy Agilisys outlines how technology can help lead the rethink of the care sector. Author Steve Morgan talks to Michael Burton of The MJ about some of the solutions.

  • Using technology to help in the second wave

    08 October 2020

    The pandemic has opened people’s eyes to the possibilities of technology in social care and this winter the benefits are going to be more important than ever, says Mark Kennion.

  • Compassion, care and reconstruction

    07 October 2020

    Now is the time to focus on vision, strategy, and creating a purposeful and inspiring future for social care, ‘while caring for our staff who have been through so much’, say Benjamin Taylor and Kim Curry.

  • Data to face the dangers ahead

    07 October 2020

    To avoid making the same mistakes in adult social care, we need to use data intelligently to plan for further waves of COVID-19, say Naheed Chaudhry and Ewan King.

  • Facing down the pandemic

    29 September 2020

    A line-up of 13 top speakers delivered The MJ’s first virtual Future Forum on lessons learned from the pandemic and the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Michael Burton and Heather Jameson report on the conclusions.

  • ADASS issues stark warning as White Paper faces further delays

    17 September 2020

    The social care system risks complete breakdown experts have warned as it emerged that the long-awaited White Paper has been delayed again until next year.

  • Is COVID a catalyst for systemic change within care?

    14 September 2020

    London has the highest COVID-19 care home death rate of any UK region. Dr Onkar Sahota says it is crucial the £600m Infection Control Fund reaches the frontline.

  • Social care directors ‘envious’ of NHS

    08 September 2020

    A representative of local government social care directors has told MPs they view better-resourced health counterparts with ‘envy’.

  • NHS to fund six weeks of care to support people at home

    22 July 2020

    The NHS is to use part of its £3bn winter pressures cash to support people at home for a six-week recovery and rehabilitation period, it has emerged.

  • Immigration plans branded an 'embarrassing shambles'

    14 July 2020

    The Government’s latest plans for post-Brexit immigration rules have been branded an ‘embarrassing shambles’ after they failed to include care workers.

  • Time to wake up to social care reform

    18 June 2020

    As it is revealed that just 4% of social care directors are confident they can deliver their statutory duties with the budgets available, Dr Eleanor Roy says now is the time to take action on social care reform

  • Social care is running out of cash

    18 June 2020

    Social care could run out of money to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the summer unless the Government steps in with more cash.

  • Jenrick will be judged on his weight with the Treasury

    17 June 2020

    Planning approval is not the biggest issue for local government at this moment, says Heather Jameson. The impact communities secretary Robert Jenrick can make with the help of the Treasury probably is. She adds: 'Just how much clout does he have?'

  • Building on the vital relationship between health and care

    17 June 2020

    The annual ADASS budget survey show the serious impact coronavirus has had, says Cllr James Jamieson. The Local Government Association is 'continuing to call for a long-term, sustainable funding solution beyond the pandemic', he adds.