• Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

    24 January 2020

    London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

  • Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding

    21 January 2020

    Ministers have piled pressure on councils to maintain winter funding for home care packages, hours of care and care home placements as bed blocking increases.

  • Let’s tell a new story

    21 January 2020

    Graham Allen says a focus on social care being solely about getting people out of hospital only diverts attention from keeping as many people as possible away from unnecessary admission.

  • Unblocking the blocks

    21 January 2020

    Reading has seen a 15% decrease in delayed discharges of care compared to last year. Seona Douglas outlines the key approaches she believes have made a difference.

  • Medway's success in reducing delayed transfers of care

    20 January 2020

    Chris McKenzie outlines how innovation and strong partnership working has enabled Medway to reduce levels of delayed transfers of care (DToC) to among some of the lowest levels in the region.

  • Building thriving towns

    14 January 2020

    Adur DC and Worthing BC are taking a stake in their local economies to catalyse investment in their places, based on establishing firm foundations to help local communities thrive, writes Martin Randall.

  • NHS chief slams 'perverse' planning rules

    06 January 2020

    The chief executive of the NHS has slammed ‘perverse’ planning rules making it easier for fast food outlets to open but placing restrictions on gyms.

  • ‘We cannot keep relying on one-off emergency funding’

    18 December 2019

    Those of us who rely on social care, care for family members who do, or will need care and support in the future, need three things from the new Government, says ADASS president Julie Ogley.

  • This will be a different Conservative Government

    13 December 2019

    Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says the fact that the Conservative majority has been won by gaining seats in towns in Wales, the Midlands and the north of England will make a difference.

  • Securing the foundations for change

    11 December 2019

    A five-year jointly-commissioned mental health and learning disability contract worth well over £300m offers a platform of stability that will enable long-term planning and investment, says Iain MacBeath.

  • Government departments: ‘adopt a national health and wellbeing board approach’

    19 November 2019

    Poverty and inequality should be understood and tackled as a public health issue, says a new paper from the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. Ann McGauran reports

  • Health leaders in fresh social care warning

    18 November 2019

    Health leaders have warned that the persistent neglect of social care is damaging patient care across the NHS.

  • District councils play a major role in health and well-being.

    13 November 2019

    If we can keep our most vulnerable residents safe, well and happy in their own homes, this will prevent future health crises that could cost the public purse far more, says Paul Shevlin.

  • Breaking down the barriers between councils and the NHS

    13 November 2019

    How are HR heads overcoming the barriers to closer working between councils and the NHS? Michael Burton put questions to London borough HR leads at a recent monthly meeting.

  • Social care is the election’s Cinderella service

    13 November 2019

    Michael Burton says the main parties fall over themselves to shower largesse on the NHS and claim the service is at death’s door through underfunding, while social care’s role in reducing NHS costs is barely mentioned.

  • We will all pay the price for not spending on care

    06 November 2019

    Heather Jameson says the Government is tinkering on the edges of the welfare reforms in an effort to ease the pressure, but it is not enough. The cost of care is phenomenal – both in terms of the cash and the long-term damage.

  • Hopson warning over politicising health and social care

    04 November 2019

    Politicians should avoid using the NHS as a weapon during the General Election and instead offer ‘proper, sustainable’ solutions for the social care crisis, a leading health sector figure has argued.

  • Kent’s very own powerhouse

    15 October 2019

    Cllr Paul Carter has stepped down as leader of Kent CC. Now he plans to apply his energies to local care and the vocational agenda, including apprenticeships. Ann McGauran reports

  • Roll-out of mental health support for rough sleepers begins

    14 October 2019

    A £12m scheme to provide mental health support for rough sleepers has been launched.

  • COSLA conference: 'Devolved powers have stopped at Holyrood'

    10 October 2019

    It is a ‘sad paradox’ of devolution that powers handed to Scotland 20 years ago have stopped at Holyrood, the president of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has said.