• Future Forum: Warning over integration ‘diversion’

    29 September 2021

    Reforms aimed at further integrating health and care should not distract from delivering services, Buckinghamshire Council chief executive Rachael Shimmin has warned.

  • Playing our part in cancer research

    19 September 2021

    Sutton LBC has built a robust partnership to develop a £1bn world leading life-science campus – the London Cancer Hub – and to supplement that project a real game changer is set to come with the opening of a new ‘Innovation Gateway’, says Cllr Ruth Dombey

  • Not even a bronze!

    10 September 2021

    Social care reforms are well short of the gold standard desired, expected and needed, says co-chair of the Future Social Care Coalition Phil Hope.

  • ‘No evidence’ integration improves healthcare

    03 September 2021

    New analysis of health and care integration pilots has questioned the benefits they bring about.

  • Health and care White Paper sends 'wrong message'

    02 March 2021

    Further regulation and intervention will not improve social care, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

  • 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.

  • Spending watchdog raises concerns over integration joint boards

    26 January 2021

    Councils in Scotland are having to prop up integration joint boards (IJBs), the spending watchdog has warned.

  • Leading Greenwich through crisis

    25 January 2021

    Cllr Danny Thorpe outlines how Greenwich RLBC changed its processes at pace to support residents throughout COVID-19 – at times branching out into the unknown.

  • Blood out of stone

    02 September 2020

    Opportunities to drive out further efficiencies from councils lie in prevention and integration, but 'will take time and investment and is unlikely to deliver any benefits until the back end of the Spending Review at the earliest', says Tony Kirkham.

  • A plan for social care is finally coming. What should be in it?

    27 January 2020

    Having a clear view about the outcomes sought is key to drawing up a new plan for social care - and it should be developed with the sector and with people with lived experience, say Paul Burstow and Ewan King.

  • Food keeps new arrivals on their feet

    09 January 2020

    Cllr Ahsan Khan explains how Waltham Forest LBC’s Welcome Meals initiative builds on its ‘proud history’ of helping new residents build connections and find vital support.

  • Breaking down that segregation (a little)

    12 December 2019

    It has not been the best advertisement for our democracy and most people will be glad it’s all over, writes Dan Corry. So why does he think the General Election process always does some good?

  • Solace preview: Cohesion – the social glue

    18 September 2019

    How do we create a more integrated society in volatile times? Jo Broadwood outlines what councils and others involved in promoting cohesion say they need to support their work.

  • Home Office defends settled status postcode checker after criticism

    02 September 2019

    The Home Office has insisted it ‘constantly reviews’ the functionality of its services to support EU settlement scheme applicants to ensure they are ‘user friendly’.

  • Impact of Integrated Care Fund 'remains unclear'

    18 July 2019

    The impact of the Integrated Care Fund in Wales remains ‘unclear’ despite a £385m Welsh Government investment, the Auditor General has warned today.

  • Turning Communities into Catalysts for Change

    08 July 2019

    The New Local Government Network's new report provides answers on how an innovative model of commissioning public services that places communities at the heart of delivery can be achieved, says Trinley Walker.

  • The risks and value of the care home market in Torbay

    24 June 2019

    Torbay Council wants to influence the size and make-up of its residential care home market for older people. Ann McGauran summarises a case study included in the Local Government Association’s Productivity Experts Programme

  • Worcestershire to transfer education services to company

    08 March 2019

    Worcestershire CC is expected to give the green light to widen the scope of its children’s services company next week.

  • Scottish health and social care integration must ‘happen faster’ - report

    05 February 2019

    The integration of health and social care needs to ‘happen faster,’ a report has concluded.

  • Empowerment is a team effort

    12 December 2018

    As the first London Borough of Culture, and one of five integration pilot areas, Waltham Forest LBC has an unprecedented opportunity to bring residents together, says Linzi Roberts-Egan