Social care needs funding solutions ‘for the short, medium and long-term’
Solace spokesperson for wellbeing Paul Najsarek responds to the findings of the ADASS autumn survey that revealed 90% of respondents had ‘some concerns about, or insufficient capacity to manage’, winter pressures.
Future Forum North: Leading change needs emotional literacy
Leaders need to be equipped with emotional literacy in order to lead change, The MJ’s Future Forum North event has heard.
At least 90,000 extra social workers needed to meet care reforms
An extra 90,000 care workers will be needed to provide just two hours of basic care for older people with high needs, a report has warned today.
The absence of the human touch
Blair Mcpherson ponders a recruitment software package to be used in conjunction with video interviews which analyse a candidate’s performance. He would rather place his faith in the traditional panel interview.
Spending freeze for Shropshire
Shropshire Council’s boss has told staff the authority has imposed a ‘spending freeze’ until 2020 in the face of a potential £6m overspend.
Turning agency fees into more spending for children
Cllr James Valentine explains how Bedford BC has been able to attract the permanent employees needed to support children and save £1.5m on agency workers in the first 12 months.
'No evidence' of sexist culture despite chief's claims
No evidence of a culture of sexism has been found at Stratford-on-Avon DC following claims by an outgoing chief.
We have 'gone backwards in some respects' on diversity
In some respects the diversity of senior management in local government has gone backwards, says Graeme McDonald - and the result is 'a terrible waste of talent' in an era of recruitment shortages.
Solace Summit: Not appointing can sometimes be the best decision
Failing to make a senior level appointment after a lengthy recruitment process can sometimes be the best decision, delegates at a chief executives’ conference have heard.
Watford BC announces new MD
The current deputy chief executive at Mendip DC Donna Nolan is to take on the role of MD at Watford BC.
When difference equals strength
Leaders need to help people be true to themselves at work, and difference needs to be seen as a strength, writes Joanne Roney.
The true value of showing your support
Cllr Izzi Seccombe outlines the benefits of a new recruitment and development scheme to help those in Warwickshire with special educational needs and disabilities gain entry to the workforce.
Quintet named in recruiter's BAME index
Five high-flyers in local government have been named in Green Park’s latest BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) 100 business leaders index.
Social care sector faces 'disastrous' staffing black hole
A care workers' trade union has warned of a 'disastrous' staffing black hole in England as research showed there are tens of thousands of vacant posts.
Council defends appointment of chief
Isle of Anglesey CC has insisted that the appointment of its new chief executive followed the council’s recruitment process despite the resignation of two councillors.
Rising care staff numbers fail to keep pace with demand
Adult social care has the second largest percentage of job vacancies across the public sector after the NHS, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Independent governance reviews for pension schemes
Regular independent reviews of governance in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) will be carried out to assess the effectiveness of administering authorities’ arrangements.
Making the most of the Localism Act
Penna's Pete John looks at the skills local authorities need to ensure success with the rise of wholly-owned companies.
Finding the skills for a full house
Martin Ford reports on a round table hosted by Penna, discussing the role of local government in helping deliver the Government’s ambitious targets for new housing.
Children's services progress 'slow and uneven'
Ofsted has described the progress of Reading BC to improve its children’s services as ‘slow, uneven and not always sustained’.