Bristol council faces 'huge financial risk'
Bristol City Council has been warned it must take urgent action over the spiralling cost of special educational needs and disabilities.
Priory concerns 'heart-breaking'
Concerns that have emerged about the safety of patients and staff at a large mental health care provider have been described as ‘heart-breaking’.
Safeguarding overhaul called for after child abuse
Council leaders have called for more powers to hold local partners to account after a review into the abuse of children with disabilities.
Legal threat pushes Devon CC to pause care cuts
Devon CC will pause its plans to cut adult day and respite services after the mental health charity Mencap threatened to take legal action.
Moving the money – Breaking the commissioning cycle
Joe Coogan discusses why taking a more collaborative approach to day services and supported employment can deliver more successful outcomes and save local authorities money in the long term.
New SEND plan fails on ‘fundamental’ issues, say council leaders
The Government’s new plan to help support children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) fails to address the ‘fundamental issues’ faced by local authorities, according to council leaders.
It’s all about the base(line)
GatenbySanderson’s Frazer Thouard explains how a partnership with themselves, the Public Services People Managers’ Association and The MJ is culminating in a launch of a sector-wide EDI survey to establish the baseline diversity levels of leadership teams working in local authorities across the UK.
The changing face of recruitment
With the recruitment landscape becoming far more favourable for candidates, Yasin Din offers a few tips on how employers can make themselves more attractive to top quality talent.
Using homeshare to solve social issues in a time of crisis
In a cost of living crisis there are real economic benefits to bringing service user groups together through homeshare, says Natasha Langleben.
Putting sport on the global stage
Warrington BC’s chief executive Professor Steven Broomhead reflects on how being a host for the Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) has helped put Warrington on the map as a centre of disability sporting commitment and excellence.
Start preparing for the change to new accessibility standards
It is time for local authorities to get ready for the move to new baseline accessibility standards for new homes in England, says Natasha Davies.
Councils warned not to ‘forget’ about people with learning disabilities
Local authorities must ensure people with learning disabilities are supported through the cost of living crisis, charity says.
Peers highlight lack of progress improving 'flawed' Act
Little progress has been made in addressing the lack of coordination between the licensing and planning systems, a House of Lords committee has reported.
EXCLUSIVE: Post-Grenfell legal claim warning
Council landlords could face large legal claims for discrimination unless they put in place personal emergency evacuation plans (PEEPs) for disabled tenants, local authorities have been warned.
How will government square the social care charging reforms circle?
Caroline Abrahams says that if the Government gets its way then its 'cap' on catastrophic care costs can no longer be regarded as ‘progressive’. Unless the Treasury changes its mind ‘something will have to give’.
Breaking the bias in Stockport
On International Women’s Day, leader of Stockport MBC Cllr Elise Wilson outlines the positive steps being taken to improve equality both within the council, across the borough and in the wider Greater Manchester region.
Social care reform plans fall 'woefully short'
The Government has ‘fallen woefully short of the mark’ with its proposals for social care reform, according to shadow minister for social care Liz Kendall.
Council apologises for SEND failures
Suffolk CC has apologised to families who rely on special educational needs and disabilities provision after a report found the council was 'not performing well'.
HMJ: Disabled children’s conditions have worsened during COVID
Many services for disabled children and their families have been ‘slow to return’ since lockdown restrictions were lifted, according to the results of a new report.
HMJ: New national director for learning disability and autism
NHS England has appointed a new national director for learning disability and autism to help ensure people can be treated in the community, rather than in inpatient settings.