Blood out of stone
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?
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
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)
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
The integration of health and social care needs to ‘happen faster,’ a report has concluded.
Empowerment is a team effort
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
Immigration benefits lost due to cuts
Government cuts to councils have meant the economic benefits of migration are being lost, new research has found.
Casey: 'Timid' integration green paper delaying action
Action to tackle social segregation and the rise of extremism is not happening quickly enough, a former integration tsar has told MPs.
‘Serious political leadership’ needed for health and social care integration
Barriers to greater integration of health and social care have been highlighted by the the National Audit Office (NAO).
Making the break from centralism
As the NHS hits its 70th birthday, Jon Rouse talks to Heather Jameson about the progress of the Manchester health devolution and whether Bevan’s vision for the NHS is being realised
Dozens of migrant integration projects share in £19m fund
Almost £19m has been paid out to English councils to help ease pressures on services resulting from recent migration.
National fund needed for health and care integration - MPs
A call has been made for more funds and the creation of a ‘national transformation strategy’ to accelerate health and care integration.
Integrate health and care, says Obama aide
A former adviser to President Obama says the NHS could be ‘the best health system in the world’ if it could fully integrate with social care.
Call for new 'Lego' public sector model
A ‘Lego government’ model of an internet-based public sector based around standardised blocks of online services could release an extra £46bn for the frontline, claims a report launched at the Institute for Government.