Rates relief row comes to court
The dispute between councils and NHS trusts over business rates relief has flared up again after proceedings were issued in the High Court.
£10m for Welsh councils to manage social care pressures
Councils in Wales will be given £10m to manage social care winter pressures, the Welsh Government has confirmed.
Academics highlight recruitment and retention problems
Councils require greater clarity over how their social care market-shaping and commissioning duties should be used to ensure a sustainable workforce, new research has suggested.
Judge's warnings over care proceedings
Councils should ‘think long and hard’ before embarking on care proceedings against ‘otherwise unimpeachable’ parents disputing care packages for gravely ill children, a judge has warned.
Health funding wasted on short-term bailouts, watchdog warns
Extra health and social care funding is being used to tackle short-term pressures rather than long-term transformation, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Council leaders welcome decrease in delayed transfers
Council leaders have welcomed a reduction in the number of days patients who are ready to be discharged are left in hospital due to a lack of suitable care.
Social care funding plea amid NHS crisis
Social care directors have warned delays to operations and hospital admissions will continue without a long-term sustainable funding solution for their sector.
LGA attacks 'counter-productive' cut
A cut to councils’ public health grants has been criticised by the Local Government Association (LGA) for being ‘short-sighted and extremely counter-productive’.
Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth
Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.
EXCLUSIVE: Lord Kerslake calls for independent commission on social care
The former head of the Civil Service, Lord Bob Kerslake, has called for an independent commission on health and social care to open up the debate on funding care with the public.
Lord Kerslake resigns in protest at underfunded NHS and social care
Lord Kerslake has resigned as chair of one of the NHS' largest hospital trusts in a high-profile protest at the underfunding of the health service and the way that it is organised.
Hopson: Ignore and challenge Westminster on health and care
The NHS and local government should ‘ignore’ and ‘aggressively challenge’ unhelpful diktats from central government that are driving a wedge between local relationships, an influential health sector figure has urged.
Accuracy of DTOC figures questioned
Senior adult social care leaders have raised concerns with government over the accuracy of the data underpinning NHS England’s delayed transfer of care figures (DTOC), The MJ understands.
Virgin Care drops case against Surrey
Private healthcare provider Virgin Care’s legal proceedings against Surrey CC and NHS England have been dropped.
Jeremy Hunt urged to end 'snotty tones' amid NHS-led STP fears
Six boroughs have blasted the health sector's 'crude understanding' of social care as they manoeuvre to ‘reclaim’ the agenda within the ‘NHS-dominated’ sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) programme.
IFS questions government's ambitious housing targets
It is impossible to predict ‘with any confidence’ that ambitious targets to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s will ever be achieved, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
Spike in adult safeguarding concerns
Local authorities dealt with 1,000 adult abuse concerns per day during 2016/17, with one-third of them becoming full-blown safeguarding inquiries.
Cross-party MPs urge May to act on social care
MPs from across the political spectrum have united to urge the Prime Minister to create an NHS and Care Convention in a bid to resolve problems in social care.
Health and social care devo deal confirmed
National and local leaders will today sign a ‘landmark’ devolution deal for health and social care in London.