100% business rates retention legislation dropped
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.
Authority defends record over ‘bed-blocking’ claims
The council responsible for the highest number of ‘bed-blocking’ incidents in England says it still ensures that 90% of discharged patients return home immediately.
Councils in England must offer young mental health aid
English councils should be given a statutory duty to commission school-based mental health support for young people between the ages of 11 and 18, a report published yesterday suggested.
Let local government be the lead commissioner of health and care
Professor Graeme Betts argues for local government to become the lead commissioner across the health and care system
Croydon's bold and budget-friendly alliance
Health and care integration is a cherished goal among politicians, civil servants and the NHS. Manju Shahul-Hameed explains why a cutting-edge partnership in Croydon now needs government backing to fulfil its potential
Councils come together to help Grenfell Tower relief efforts
Hounslow, Bromley, Ealing, Southwark and Westminster LBCs will help Kensington & Chelsea RLBC by contributing resources to ensure victims are provided with the necessary support.
Surrey Heartlands in GM-style health devo deal
A Greater Manchester-style devolution deal has been struck in Surrey Heartlands.
Ministers accused of ducking pollution issue
Council and professional bodies have accused ministers of passing responsibility for tackling illegal levels of air pollution to local authorities without clarity or adequate funding.
Time for long-term thinking
Gillian Guy looks at recent research on the wider impact of mental health conditions, and highlights the importance of local authorities and the third sector working together to tackle the challenges presented.
Social care to take a hit under new government
Local government is unlikely to see any big changes when it comes to social care because of the difficulty the new government will face in passing any legislation, a think-tank chief executive has warned.
Success of health integration hinges on data sharing
Resolving data-sharing challenges is critical to the success of health and social care integration, the Government has been told.
Government urged to sort out ‘messy and muddled’ policies
The next government needs to provide a ‘strategic direction’ for councils currently operating in a ‘very messy and muddled policy environment,’ a think-tank boss has urged.
Labour shine the spotlight on public services
The Labour party has turned its focus on public services, with leader Jeremy Corbyn berating seven years of Tory austerity and pledging more than £45bn of investment.
Some grave decisions
Council communications chiefs have to sell all manner of events.
Finding solutions to the care crisis
Long-term thinking and public engagement will be key to tackling the social care funding crisis, something the political parties have made a priority in their manifestos. Adam Roberts explains.
Lambeth is going further together
By forming alliances across the borough, Lambeth LBC and its partners are delivering health and care services despite escalating financial and demographic pressures – and this is only the start. Cllr Jim Dickson explains.
Financial issues slow down health care integration
Health and social care integration is being ‘parked’ because of the current financial climate, the Department of Health has been warned.
'Commercial' shouldn't be a dirty word in health and care
Only by addressing the commercial realities of new health and care partnerships can organisations be entirely patient-focused and prevent contractual difficulties from affecting the quality of service delivery, argues Simon Goacher.
Engaging with the electorate
Bob Neill says Britain requires an ambitious, forward looking vision for adult social care, health and housing.
The new kids on the block
Now the six regional metro mayors have been elected they must deliver devolution. Sam Clayden reports.