• The future of social care remains precarious

    10 December 2021

    The adult social care reform White Paper misses the opportunity to resolve the pressing issues of pay and the funding gap to meet demand, says Amanda Kelly of PA Consulting.

  • Slough accepts damning SEND report

    17 November 2021

    Watchdogs have demanded action from Slough Council to address ‘significant areas of weakness’ in its services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • Making the most from limited funding

    19 September 2021

    Paul Hunt outlines how Bradford City Council’s innovative use of the Government’s pandemic grants has benefitted local care providers – both throughout the pandemic and long-term

  • SEND children being left behind by council

    31 August 2021

    Children with special educational needs are being left behind by council services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, inspectors have found. 

  • Why choice is crucial

    10 August 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal.

  • Councils 'broadly support' focus of Health and Care Bill

    06 July 2021

    Councils ‘broadly support’ the focus of the Health and Care Bill introduced into Parliament today on improving the health and wellbeing of the population, says the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Lack of ‘clarity’ hampering child protection

    29 April 2021

    Improvements in multi-agency leadership locally and cross-government strategy nationally are required, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have told an inquiry.

  • Starting from the wrong place?

    15 February 2021

    The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.

  • Steering care through crisis

    25 January 2021

    The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Redesign services for a COVID era, says CQC chief

    06 November 2020

    The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has called for services to be redesigned for a ‘COVID era’ that could last for many years.

  • Reading refuses to send COVID-19 patients to care homes

    28 October 2020

    Reading Council is to defy a Government order to provide care home places for Covid-19 positive patients.

  • Advocacy services remain crucial despite COVID pressures

    21 October 2020

    Councils must ensure social care providers understand that the legal obligations to refer to advocacy services remain fully in place during COVID, says Jonathan Senker.

  • Government prepares care homes for coronavirus surge

    18 September 2020

    Councils will be asked to ‘take strong action’ against care homes that ignore new restrictions on movement as part of the Government’s winter plan for the sector.

  • A perfect storm for care homes

    14 September 2020

    Councils must now strategically invest in services to help people stay in their own homes and negotiate jointly with their NHS partners to play a bigger role in modern nursing homes, says Iain MacBeath.

  • Criticised council makes SEND investment

    02 September 2020

    Bristol City Council has pledged to spend £29m on capital works to boost services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

  • EXCLUSIVE: Deficit puts councils on cliff edge

    23 July 2020

    Many councils could be pushed over the ‘financial cliff edge’ if the £500m of high-needs deficit faced by the sector is not written off, the Government has been warned.

  • MPs tell department to 'get a grip' on SEND

    05 May 2020

    The Department for Education (DfE) does not have a grip on mounting pressure in the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system, a watchdog has found.

  • Care home deaths 'an appalling loss of life'

    05 May 2020

    The latest statistics show there were 6,391 deaths in care homes between 10 April and 1 May.

  • Seven councils freed from Care Act duties

    01 May 2020

    Seven English councils have taken advantage of temporary changes that allow them to reduce their Care Act duties as part of their response to coronavirus.

  • 'No quick fixes' after watchdog criticism

    21 April 2020

    Bristol City Council admitted there were ‘no quick fixes’ as it published a written statement of action in the wake of watchdog criticism.