• Adult social care inspections ahead

    21 June 2022

    Whitehall officials are drawing up a controversial adult social care inspections system after the passing of a new law.

  • Driving towards great social care

    27 April 2022

    Jeremy Cooper says the list of transformational change factors facing directors of adult social services may seem overwhelming, but councils have done a fantastic job at keeping focused on how to deliver great care.

  • Counting the cost of care in Wiltshire

    08 March 2022

    Wiltshire CC has been considering the potential ‘eye-watering’ cost of implementing the Government’s reforms to adult social care, says Cllr Richard Clewer. It is imperative the council is fully funded to achieve the changes, he adds.

  • Ministers maintain power over CQC reviews

    08 March 2022

    Ministers have dismissed an attempted challenge from peers to proposed fresh powers over looming reviews of the sector.

  • Ethnicity data: a vital tool for health

    02 March 2022

    It’s time to take a closer look at how ethnicity is recorded, so that the data can help address the persistent health inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, says Tracey Bignall.

  • 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).