Queen's Speech: No funding pledge on social care reform
The Queen’s Speech fell short of including a social care Bill and there was no pledge on funding.
N Ireland chief robustly defends decision to send Brexit letter to Cabinet Office
The chief executive of Mid and East Antrim BC has robustly defended her decision to send a controversial letter on Brexit and the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Cabinet Office.
MJ Housing: Homing in on housing in Kingston
Kingston RLBC’s leader Caroline Kerr and chief executive Ian Thomas are united in their commitment to building new houses in the borough, including council homes. Ann McGauran reports.
With the public finances in an ‘astonishingly difficult’ position, will the Government prioritise the investment needed to ensure a long-term future for social care - and what is its vision? Ann McGauran reports from the ADASS spring seminar.
Social care reform proposals will come later this year, pledges Hancock
The Government will be bringing forward proposals later this year for the reform of social care, says secretary of state for health and care Matt Hancock.
It's time for the Government to publish its plans for care, says new ADASS chief
The Government must ‘publish its promised plans for the future of care and support as a matter of urgency,’ says the country’s new adult social care chief.
Birmingham to challenge unlawful temporary housing ruling
Birmingham City Council says it will appeal against a High Court ruling that the local authority was operating an unlawful system for providing temporary accommodation.
Gazing up at the future of community power
Following on from a three-day event in March, New Local's Building Stronger Things looked at how to put the ideas of the community paradigm into practice locally. Ann McGauran reports.
Children and families need £12.5bn over three years, says new ADCS president
The growing number of children and families who need support 'to thrive, not just survive in the wake of the pandemic' will need investment of around £12.5bn over three years, says England's new children’s services chief.
Shielding scheme took too long to identify up to 800,000, says PAC
MPs have hit out at the Government’s ‘quickly drawn up’ COVID-19 shielding programme for taking too long to identify up to 800,000 people who may have missed out on help.
Level up basic skills to 'build back better,' says CPP
Levelling up basic skills could boost employment by up to 302,000 in the most deprived local authorities, according to new analysis by the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).
Public health director highlights local rise in COVID cases
A director of public health has highlighted a local rise in cases of COVID-19 as modelling finds the country is ‘highly likely’ to be hit by a third wave of infections once lockdown ends.
How to promote community participation
Ann McGauran reports from a FutureGov workshop on the best way to empower communities to get involved in designing local services.
New 'Singapore-style' Office will tackle leading health risks
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.
Councils face rise in demand for short-term care
Councils have faced a 7% rise in demand for short-term support in the last four years and are dealing with an increase in new care requests from younger people, says a new report.
A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.
Hancock launches 'dedicated, mission driven institution' to halt future pandemics
A new ‘dedicated, mission-driven’ institution to halt future pandemics will build on existing expertise and new capabilities developed during COVID, says the secretary of state for health and care.
Whitty defends decision to centralise initial pandemic response
A year on from the first lockdown England’s chief medical officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has defended the Government’s decision to centralise the response at the start of the pandemic.
Future Forum North: A clear vision is key to the future success of towns and cities
A clear vision for local places will be key to the success of high streets and city centres as they look to the future beyond the pandemic, say public realm experts.
Future Forum North: New Integrated Care Systems must 'put places first'
Proposals for Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) must ensure money flows are owned in local areas, a local government chief executive has said.