• Social care at the crossroads ...again

    27 April 2021

    The integration White Paper leaves questions unanswered on how the duty of councils and the NHS to collaborate would work in practice, says CIPFA’s health and social care policy manager Eleanor Roy.

  • Sector urged not to give up on health devolution

    13 April 2021

    The sector should not give up on securing future health devolution deals despite the Government’s ‘centralising tendency,’ experts have urged.

  • The NHS is sacrosanct – local government not so much

    08 April 2021

    Ben Page says the public is becoming more positive about the future and about both the NHS and Government’s ability to deal with whatever comes next. 'And local government has generally performed strongly in dealing with massive dislocation'.

  • HMJ: Place-based working is here to stay

    31 March 2021

    Ewan King considers whether the Health and Care White Paper will really be the key to unleashing greater integration and collaboration between local government and the NHS.

  • Will COVID be the catalyst for change?

    30 March 2021

    Simon Bottery argues there is overwhelming evidence to show that people ‘want a better, fairer social care system – and COVID-19 has brutally exposed the failings of the current one’. Will this tip the balance towards reform?

  • Leading through a most peculiar crisis

    29 March 2021

    Strategic director of communities and reform at Oldham MBC Rebekah Sutcliffe looks at the impact of the pandemic on local leadership and integrated partnership working.

  • New 'Singapore-style' Office will tackle leading health risks

    29 March 2021

    A new 'Singapore style' Office for Health Promotion will systematically tackle the ‘top preventable risk factors causing death and ill health in the UK’, the Government announced today.

  • NHS backs down over business rates

    23 March 2021

    NHS trusts have withdrawn their appeal against a High Court ruling that said they were not eligible for business rates relief.

  • Hancock's half hour to ease sector concerns

    11 March 2021

    Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has attempted to ease local government concerns about far-reaching NHS legislation plans.

  • Under pressure from many directions

    09 March 2021

    Last week’s Budget made optimistic assumptions about post-pandemic costs that could mean cuts in services like local government down the line, reports Michael Burton.

  • Council chiefs ask for matched pay rise

    08 March 2021

    Council chief executives have asked for the same pay rise as will be awarded to the rest of local government staff in 2021-22.

  • 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.

  • Decision to prioritise vaccine jabs by age ‘deeply flawed’

    02 March 2021

    A top public health director has attacked the Government’s decision to prioritise vaccinations by age as ‘deeply flawed’.

  • Public health commissioning move 'illogical'

    25 February 2021

    A suggestion from the body representing NHS trusts that the commissioning of key public health services should be removed from local government is ‘illogical,’ councils have said.

  • Tackling the big four vaccine challenges

    24 February 2021

    Tackling inequity in vaccination uptake depends on resolving what Jim McManus calls the big four challenges – and councils’ role is crucial.

  • Plenty of reasons to be cheerful in the health and care White Paper

    24 February 2021

    Cllr David Fothergill says while many of the 2012 health reforms will now be unwound, local government's responsibility for public health should be the one that remains untouched.

  • Building citizen centred systems to deliver the best integrated care

    17 February 2021

    Local government has the mechanisms and knowledge to ensure place, neighbourhoods and citizens are at the heart of integrated care systems which are responsive to local needs and accountable to communities, says Anja Beriro of Browne Jacobson.

  • 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.

  • White Paper plans to radically reform the NHS

    11 February 2021

    Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government publishes its White Paper plans to overhaul the NHS.

  • Social care should remain delivered by councils, says report

    10 February 2021

    Tens of thousands of people could live more independent lives if councils keep hold of social care under government plans to overhaul health services, a new report has insisted.