Adult social care
Social care demand strategies criticised
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
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.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
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
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
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
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
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
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
Spelthorne BC chief executive Roberto Tambini has announced his intention to retire at the end of May.
A new crossroad for health and care
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.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
Radical action is now needed
Local government must be prepared to support radical decisions, including controversial hospital closures, if they are to meet future demands, writes Ed Parker.
'Single highest' council tax rise in decade
England is facing the ‘single highest’ council tax increase in a decade, a new study has revealed.
Hammond comes under renewed pressure on social care
Chancellor Philip Hammond has come under renewed pressure to invest fresh cash into adult social care in this week’s Budget.
An emergency shot in the arm for local health and care
However controversial, reconfiguring hospitals is the right policy direction to resurrect health and social care, writes Robert Pollock. But policy is only credible if backed up by the resources and capability to deliver it.
DCN to lobby Whitehall on future of baseline rate
The District Councils’ Network (DCN) will lobby the Government for certainty on the future baseline rate, below which councils will not receive the New Homes Bonus (NHB).
STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery
Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.
Government struggling to implement Spending Review - report
Town hall powers to bring forward council tax rises to tackle Britain’s social care crisis ‘may prove insufficient,’ an authoritative new study has warned.
Let’s make a deal
Reality TV is turning into real life as policy-making gives way to government-by-deal, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West
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.