Adult social care
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Who is best placed to lead the integration of public services?
Integration is the mot du jour in public services. But with so many initiatives to bring services together, John Copps explores who is best placed to lead the agenda.
Recruitment and retention: Who will be left to care in the future?
Auditors, academics, practitioners and unions are pointing to the recruitment and retention issues in adult social care as one of the country’s biggest domestic issues. Mark Conrad examines the problem.
The case for investment in adult social care
While council revenues constrained, Alex Khaldi urges the sector to make use of capital expenditure and other mechanisms to invest in adult social care.
Service provision is healthy but not sustainable, warns report
Scottish councils will find it difficult to provide services at their current level, new data published by the Improvement Service has predicted.
Councils ‘close to collapse’ despite extra cash offer
Councils remain ‘perilously close’ to financial collapse despite an additional £166m to support social care and rural services, the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Conservative chairman has warned.
The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues
Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.
Fund the biggest pressures nationally and the rest through a progressive local tax
It is time we broke our fixation with Brexit and focused on issues of real concern, writes Paul Wheeler.
Javid finds extra £166m in final settlement
Local government secretary Sajid Javid has found an additional £166m to ease spending pressures in social care and rural areas in the final 2018/19 settlement.
Business rates cannot fund public health, committee told
It doesn’t make sense to ease councils’ funding pressures using business rates alone because the two are not correlated, local government representatives have stressed.
ADASS gets badass
The crisis in social care requires a tough, uncompromising response.
May could be defeated on council finance
Tory MPs have warned the Government they are willing to mount a rebellion over the finance settlement for councils.
The role of districts in social care cannot be overstated
District councils across England are focused on improving lives and solving problems, writes Cllr John Fuller
Why 'double recovery' judgement will have implications for the sector
Virginia Cooper explains how a recent court judgement could end up costing councils across the country.
Rural elderly face ‘terrifying’ social care crisis
Elderly people living in rural parts of the country are facing a ‘terrifying’ social care crisis.
Committees launch joint inquiry on long-term care funding
A pair of Commons select committees has joined forces to launch an inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care.
Blurring the lines: How districts can help reduce DTOCs
Sandra Dinneen explains how South Norfolk DC is working to save bed days and improve residents' quality of life.
The road ahead for the social care consultation
The social care green paper has been mired by delay and controversy. Simon Bottery weighs up the implications of shifting responsibility for the policy paper from the Cabinet Office to the Department of Health and Social Care.
Boom in elderly population stretching counties to 'breaking point'
An 'unprecedented' rise in the number of elderly people in rural county areas is pushing counties to breaking point, council leaders have warned.
The fall of the tri-borough
Dan Peters looks back at the events leading to the collapse of the tri-borough and asks how the three councils are going to address significant health and care inequalities across their patch.