public health and social care

Government under fire for lack of care funding after £20bn NHS pledge

18.06.18: Council chiefs have heavily criticised Theresa May for not including social care funding in her promise to increase cash resources by £20bn annually for the NHS to mark the service’s 70th birthday. Plans of the prime minister&rs...

Over 15,000 delayed transfers of care down to delays in arranging care packages

15.06.18: The proportion of delayed transfers of care due to shortcomings in social care has decreased over the last year, according to the latest figures from NHS England. In April 2018 there were 145,000 total delayed days, a decrease from the previous...

Hunt admits imminent long-term NHS plan likely won’t include social care

14.06.18: The health and social care secretary has clarified that long-term plans for the NHS and for social care will both happen, but very likely not at the same time. His comments, made at this year’s NHS Confederation conference, seemed to...

Wigan take ‘major step’ forward in integration of health and social care

14.06.18: Wigan has established a single commissioning function in a major step forward in the integration of health and social care. Through appointing Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, as the new accountable officer for the Wigan Clinical C...

Confed chair: Health and care funding talk just ‘hot air’ unless sectors work with each other

13.06.18:  The chair of a leading NHS body has called for greater collaboration between community-based and NHS healthcare, and reinforced arguments for a 4% increase in funding to improve healthcare over the next 15 years. Speaking at the NHS C...

Public support ‘compelling evidence’ for increased social care spending

13.06.18: More than 80% of the British public support an increase in social care spending, new figures reveal. The new study, ‘Securing the future: Funding health and social care to the 2030s,’ carried out by the Health Foundation and Institu...

Health and social care reforms must be better communicated, MPs warn

12.06.18: The government and the NHS must improve how NHS reforms are communicated to the public, the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) has warned. Rising demand and cost of health care means that services need to be changed and better organised ar...

Instability of ‘pinball kids’ exposes them to exploitation and abuse, commissioner warns

01.06.18: Thousands of children are still “pinging around the care system,” changing home, school or social worker over the course of the year. The Stability Index, published by the children’s commissioner for England today, has reveale...

Councils banning anti-abortion protests ‘are stepping on human rights and freedom of speech’

31.05.18: Campaigners have challenged councils wanting to restrict protests outside abortion clinics. In a letter to Lambeth, Richmond, Southwark, Portsmouth, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds councils, the campaigners raised concerns over the effects on...

Brexit could weaken councils’ ability to protect public health from 2020

30.05.18: A failure to protect access to key intelligence after Brexit will weaken councils’ abilities to protect public health and increase the risk of a new food scandal, the LGA has warned. Currently, the UK is part of a European-wide framework...

The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29.05.18: Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA reflect on how lessons learnt by members from across the four organisation...

Man behind childcare vouchers pitches similar social care scheme to Treasury

16.05.18: A salary sacrifice scheme could be the future of adult social care funding, it has been suggested. Speaking yesterday at an LGA conference, ‘Future of adult social care and support’, John Woodward OBE, a driving force behind childca...

England could learn from Japan’s social care system, report claims

09.05.18: The government could learn important lessons from the Japanese social care system, experts have claimed. According to the Nuffield Trust report, ‘What can England learn from the long-term care system in Japan?’, the Japanese system...

PAC: Green paper is not a ‘cure all’ for mounting social care pressures

09.05.18: The government should not be content with councils’ ability to simply meet the legal minimum for care provision, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has warned. A report by the influential committee argued that the adult social care secto...

Substance abuse and addiction services decline with lack of funding

01.05.18: Alcohol dependency services are at a crisis point and which is “undoubtedly” a result of a lack of funding from central government, a new survey has warned.  In a report from Alcohol Research UK and Alcohol Concern, the sur...

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29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

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Grenfell, one year on

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In the year since the Grenfell Tower disaster, the LGA has been working tirelessly to ramp up fire safety regulations and ban ‘desktop&rsqu... more >
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18/06/2018Brexit's long shadow over devolution

The EU Referendum and the stop-start Brexit negotiations have left a looming shadow of uncertainty over devolution in the UK, writes Anthony Sala... more >
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The true social value of procurement comes from asking challenging questions and thinking outside the box, argues Melissa Bell, sustainable procu... more >
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