Adult social care
Whitehall review of kids’ services paused
A Whitehall review looking at the role of local authorities in relation to children has been shelved, The MJ understands.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Digital transformation is helping to revolutionise the way many older people live, but Nigel Lynn warns those offline are at serious risk of being left behind
Reading’s finance plans ‘fragile’
Reading Council’s financial position has been described as fragile with ‘some very significant risks’ surrounding its delivery plan.
DCLG accused of abdicating responsibility over council cuts
National Audit Office boss Sir Amyas Morse has accused central government of an ‘out of sight, out of mind culture’ in imposing council cuts.
Authority urged to report on closure of social care firm
A senior councillor at Aylesbury Vale DC has urged Buckinghamshire CC to publish an internal report into the controversial collapse of a social care company.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘It’s make or break time’ - annual finance survey
Results of the latest LGiU/The MJ annual finance survey lead to stark warnings on the fiscal future of local government.
Surrey CC scraps plans for 15% council tax referendum
Surrey CC has scrapped plans to hold a referendum on whether to increase council tax by 15%.
Directors call for £1bn emergency funding
Councils could fail to meet to meet their statutory duties without ‘emergency’ government funding of £1bn, adult social care directors have warned.
Warning over future for care home providers
Councils have called for ‘urgent and genuinely new’ funding for social care amid fresh warnings that more providers could go out of business.
Porter promoted to deputy
Luton Council’s corporate director for customer and commercial services, Robin Porter, has been promoted to deputy chief executive.
How do we solve a problem like care?
Funding pressures in adult social care have permeated the national press lately. Dan Peters analyses the findings of an Independent Age/The MJ survey, and Andrew Kaye says all eyes are now on the prime minister.
LGA backs districts following Whitehall raid on NHB budget
The Local Government Association (LGA) has backed furious districts angry after Whitehall raided the New Homes Bonus (NHB) budget to help prop up social care.
EXCLUSIVE: Lack of confidence in adult social care strategy exposed
The true scale of feeling across local government about the escalating social care crisis is revealed by the results of an exclusive survey.
Behind Surrey CC's 15% council tax rise proposal
David Hodge explains why Conservative-led Surrey CC has no choice but to hold a referendum on a mammoth 15% council tax increase.
Directors' 'grave concerns' on underfunding
Some 45 former directors of social services have called on the Government to put more resources into the care sector.
Remodelling care for the digital age
Jos Creese makes the case for scaling up local digital care solutions while avoiding a repeat of the mistakes of the past
Javid: Social care crisis not all about cash
Sajid Javid has insisted social care is ‘not all about money’ as demands to tackle the current funding crisis continue.
Loneliness is a major modern-day public health issue and a drain on resources. Cllr Michelle Lowe explains why tackling the root causes must be a priority for councils
Looming elections raise doubts over use of social care precept
A half-a-billion pound ‘black hole’ in adult social care budgets could be created because of looming council elections in May, according to new research.