• London's adult social care services need a long term solution too

    16 January 2019

    Making a success of the NHS Long Term Plan and providing high-quality care to Londoners all depends on the resilience of adult social care over the next decade, according to Ray Puddifoot

  • Where do councils fit into the NHS plan?

    15 January 2019

    Last week’s publication of the NHS Long Term Plan signals a fundamental shift towards community-based services and a focus on reducing health inequalities. Michael Burton looks at its implications for local government

  • NHS long term plan only offers part of the solution

    14 January 2019

    Chairman of the LGA's Community Wellbeing Board Ian Hudspeth says until social care is fully funded and public health budget cuts reversed, pumping funding into the NHS continues to be the same as 'pouring water into a sink with no plug in it'.

  • Early intervention’s not enough without funding

    09 January 2019

    There will never be enough money for the behemoth that is the NHS - and the real under-funding is in the local government services it so covets, according to Heather Jameson

  • Unlocking the power of people

    08 January 2019

    Donna Hall says Greater Manchester’s radical new place-based model is bringing together teams to help support each family and each person in their area.

  • The NHS makes a land grab for public health

    08 January 2019

    Flushed with the massive bung from the Prime Minister, the NHS appears to have decided it must take over cash-strapped local government judging by its latest so-called long-term plan, says Michael Burton

  • Number of night-time hospital discharges increases

    07 January 2019

    Rising numbers of elderly and vulnerable patients are being sent home from hospital at night despite calls to stop the practice, it has emerged.

  • NHS can 'save 500,000 more lives'

    07 January 2019

    The NHS claims it can save half a million more lives by investment in technology, focusing on greater prevention and closer partnerships with local government to keep older people out of hospital, according to its long-term plan published today.

  • Future Forum North: End 'feudal' NHS structure to create place-based service

    07 December 2018

    Work remains to reform the ‘feudal structure’ of the NHS before the full potential of health and care integration can be realised, The MJ's Future Forum North event has heard.

  • Future Forum North: Whiteman rages at removing finance directors from top team

    06 December 2018

    Council chief executives that demote the finance director role from the top team were being ‘too clever by half,’ Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy boss Rob Whiteman has said.

  • Let's have fiscal levers for local areas

    28 November 2018

    The Government should take steps to enable local areas to fund services through various fiscal levers and such flexibilities would not cost it a penny in extra grant, says Ian Miller.

  • Call for public expenditure presentation overhaul

    23 November 2018

    Next year’s Spending Review should overhaul the presentation of public expenditure within the Government’s fiscal documents to bring it line with other countries, a new report has urged.

  • London leaders call for 'proper' debate on funding

    17 November 2018

    Central Government needs to have a ‘proper conversation’ on public sector funding and put councils on a sustainable footing for the future, London Councils chair, Cllr Peter John, has told The MJ.

  • Making a healthy start

    13 November 2018

    There are still big issues that need to be addressed if the prevention agenda is to be a success, as key speaker at this year's County Councils' Network annual conference Phil Swann explains

  • Healing health is a local government issue

    07 November 2018

    Prevention is better than cure, as health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has trumpeted all over the news this week, but his efforts were rewarded by 'a series of accusations over everything', writes Heather Jameson

  • Documents to detail prevention vision

    06 November 2018

    Council chiefs are keenly awaiting the publication of two key documents for clues as to how the Government’s new focus on prevention will impact them.

  • NHS pay rise will 'undermine' integration

    05 November 2018

    Efforts to integrate health and care services will be undermined if some staff are awarded a pay rise while others miss out, the Government has been warned.

  • It's most definitely 'austerity continues' for local government

    30 October 2018

    Ben Page's hot take on this Budget is that it is most definitely 'austerity continues' for local government, but nationally it may be enough to at least stop public dissatisfaction with central government from getting any worse

  • Adult social care demand increases to 5,000 requests per day

    23 October 2018

    Councils in England received more than 5,000 requests for adult social care support every day in 2017/18, new figures have revealed today.

  • SOLACE Summit: Dawes rejects NHS cash grab idea

    19 October 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) top civil servant has encouraged council chief executives to be bold in their asks from Whitehall.