Parking charges for social care and NHS workers suspended
On-street and pay and display car parking charges for social care and NHS workers will be suspended.
We will see the very best of local councils
During the COVID-19 pandemic, counties are ‘doing what they have done in an understated way for so long – keeping the show running for their communities’, says Simon Edwards.
£3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection
Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Councils step up coronavirus response
Local authorities across the country have stepped up their response to coronavirus as the number of cases continues to rise.
NHS trusts lodge business rates appeal
NHS trusts have applied for permission to appeal a High Court ruling that said they were not eligible for business rates relief.
An allied approach to success in Oldham
Dr Carolyn Wilkins outlines Oldham MBC’s journey to further health and social care integration and her ambitions for the future. She says it’s time ‘to gain an even deeper understanding of our place, assets and resources’.
It’s time to put health devolution under the political spotlight
The case for a detailed analysis of how devolving health can deliver real and long-term solutions is overwhelming, says Norman Lamb.
Funding is solution to social care recruitment crisis - migration committee
The ‘very real problems’ facing social care employers should be addressed through sustainable funding rather than tinkering with immigration rules, the Government’s Migration Advisory Committee has warned.
Boroughs in GP estate devolution call
London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.
Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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
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’
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