Adult social care

  • Rural England Budget blow

    20 April 2017

    Rural residents are paying an average of £87 more per head in council tax than their urban counterparts, new figures have suggested.


  • App for real-life recruitment

    11 April 2017

    Buckinghamshire CC is the first authority in the country to use a computer simulation in the recruitment process for social workers. David Johnston explains.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Child and adult care posts ‘hardest to fill’

    11 April 2017

    Filling children and adult social care positions is causing upper-tier chief executives the biggest recruitment headache, according to an exclusive survey by Penna.


  • Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn

    11 April 2017

    Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.


  • Judicial review over 'unlawful' funding

    11 April 2017

    The country’s largest representative body for adult social care providers has accused Essex CC of ‘unlawful’ practices over how much it pays care home providers.


  • One in 10 slash social care spending by 25%

    05 April 2017

    One in 10 councils slashed adult social care spending by more than a quarter in six years, a new Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) analysis revealed today.


  • Local government 'not as sexy' as other sectors

    30 March 2017

    Local government needs to brand itself better to attract staff, a director of recruitment firm Penna has told The MJ’s Future Forum.


  • Is social care making progress?

    29 March 2017

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the major questions the Government’s upcoming green paper on social care funding will have to address.


  • Councils ‘best’ to decide where to spend £2bn for social care

    29 March 2017

    Councils have been told they are ‘best placed’ to decide how to spend the additional £2bn the Government has stumped up for social care.


  • Social care demand strategies criticised

    24 March 2017

    Poor support and rapid hospital discharge processes for adult social care could be costing councils more in the long-term, according to a new report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC).


  • The Government must recognise the value of social workers

    22 March 2017

    It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.


  • Short-term objectives reap short-term gains

    22 March 2017

    Tony Kirkham says it is vital councils do not use additional social care cash to put off the evil day.


  • Councils are braced for NHS cash raid

    22 March 2017

    Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.


  • Ringfenced grant will help bridge gap

    14 March 2017

    Failing to acknowledge deprivation levels and the health of the pop-ulation when devising the business rates redistribution formula will amplify inequalities, the chief executive of the Association of Directors of Public Health has warned.


  • O'Sullivan named institute chair

    14 March 2017

    Former president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Alison O’Sullivan has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).


  • local authorities must draw on the power of community assets

    13 March 2017

    Ewan King says it is time to push forward with an asset-based approach to social care that builds on the skills and strengths of local people.


  • Scrapping DoLS could protect patients and cut costs

    13 March 2017

    The Law Commission is urging the Government to scrap controversial DoLS and introduce a new system that will both protect patients and produce real savings. Nicholas Paines QC explains.


  • Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash

    08 March 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.


  • Tambini to retire in May

    08 March 2017

    Spelthorne BC chief executive Roberto Tambini has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.


  • A new crossroad for health and care

    08 March 2017

    Drawing on the experience of her 35-year career in social care, Cathy Kerr explains how the sector is moving forward with optimism, despite the barrage of challenges it faces.