A sticking plaster on social care?

A sticking plaster on social care?
By Ann McGauran | October 17, 2018

Health secretary Matt Hancock’s social care cash announcement at the Conservative Party conference was overshadowed by the Prime Minister’s housing announcements, but Ann McGauran asks if it goes far enough

  • Strictly housing

    By Heather Jameson | October 10, 2018

    Theresa May has lifted the cap on how much councils can borrow against their Housing Revenue Account assets – but more problems lie ahead, says Heather Jameson

  • 40 under 40 – Revisited

    By Heather Jameson | September 19, 2018

    Bowing to Twitter pressure following our latest 40 under 40 list, Heather Jameson goes back through the archives from 2004, 2006 and 2008 and asks if our rising stars of the past are still shining.

  • Reach out and Tweet

    By Sam Clayden | September 11, 2018

    Social media has become pervasive in our daily lives, but for the most part council chief executives and senior managers have remained relatively shy. Sam Clayden speaks to some of local government’s biggest Twitter users to see how they are using [..]

  • Policy planning for an ageing population

    By Michael Burton | August 21, 2018

    Local authorities by the seaside and in rural areas will be harder hit by a growing elderly population says a new study, as Michael Burton reports.


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