public health and social care

Social care Green Paper ‘last chance’ to fix ailing system

23.03.17: The government’s green paper on social care may be the “last chance” to fix an overstretched system, and councils should be given “full flexibility” to decide where the £2bn worth of additional central governm...

Better connection needed between BCF and STPs, argues ADASS

20.03.17: While some sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have considered the financial impact on social care in the changing landscape, many have not, Grainne Siggins, national policy lead & trustee at the Association of Directors of Adult...

Health in rural communities not ‘idyllic picture-postcard scene’, warn LGA and PHE

18.03.17: Health problems in countryside communities are being eclipsed by an “idyllic” image painted by government statistics, a report published by the LGA and Public Health England (PHE) has revealed. The report, called ‘Health i...

Public health hardest hit by NHS cuts, despite going ‘under the radar’

14.03.17: Although national media attention tends to focus elsewhere, public health and community services have actually been hit the hardest by the slowdown in NHS funding since 2010-11, an influential think tank has found as part of a major investigatio...

Betts: GM devo deal a halfway house to aligning health and social care

13.03.17: Establishing clear lines of accountability to deliver health and social care integration is going to be one of the major challenges facing the sector going forward, the chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee has told PSE &...

Manchester extra care housing schemes at risk due to benefit changes

10.03.17: Social care housing developments in Manchester are at risk due to a shortfall within financial models created by the uncertainty of the government’s proposed change to housing benefit for supported housing, a city council report has outlin...

Extra social care funding welcome, but ‘bare minimum’ to shore up system

09.03.17: Local government leaders have responded to the social care provision announced by Phillip Hammond in the Spring Budget yesterday by saying that though the money will be welcome for struggling services, it still does not come close to plugging th...

£2bn social care uplift will ‘buy some time’ but not enough in long term

08.03.17: An additional £2bn has been committed for social care by chancellor Phillip Hammond in the Spring Budget to be distributed over the next three years, with £1bn to be made available in 2017-18. The news will likely come as a disa...

Spring Budget: Hammond expected to unveil £1.3bn social care boost

07.03.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to acquiesce to widespread pressures and announce a £1.3bn injection in the social care sector in tomorrow’s Spring Budget – a move which, if confirmed, would be in line with the priorities...

Households face highest council tax rise in a decade, as LAs tackle social care shortfall

06.03.17: English households will face an average increase in council tax of 4%, the highest hike in tax rates since 2007-08, a report published by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed. The annual review of c...

MPs demand £1.5bn social care injection in Spring Budget

04.03.17: The chancellor must bring forward £1.5bn worth of funding from the Better Care Fund (BCF) in order to prop up the social care sector for the year ahead, the Communities and Local Government Committee (CLG) has announced. In a scathing...

Starved social care services putting STPs at risk

03.03.17: Adult social care in England is facing a funding gap of at least £2bn, and requires new money from the government to be “robust” enough for STPs to meet targets in providing and improving community care, a report by charity the...

London Councils urged to develop ‘full narrative’ for health and social care integration

02.03.17: Devolution of health powers could be the key to improving care outcomes for London authorities, but councils must do more to present and explain local integration initiatives to the capital’s population, a new report has revealed. The...

Pickup: Huge scope of social care duties means BCF is not enough

02.03.17: The LGA has called on the government to not forget that adult social care does not only cater for elderly people – in fact, more than 40% of the budget is spent on adults aged between 18-64, with 35% being spent on people with learning dis...

150,000 social care and NHS jobs at risk following Brexit

01.03.17: Almost 150,000 NHS and adult social care workers are at risk of losing the right to live and work in the UK due to uncertainty around immigration laws following Brexit. In analysis published by Trades Union Congress (TUC) today, it was reve...

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Social care Green Paper ‘last chance’ to fix ailing system

23/03/2017Social care Green Paper ‘last chance’ to fix ailing system

The government’s green paper on social care may be the “last chance” to fix an overstretched system, and councils should be giv... more >
London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

22/03/2017London councils join Design Council scheme to address major social issues

Councils in London will work with design experts as part of a new programme aiming to help authorities address problems with homelessness, homeca... more >

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Why opening up procurement matters to the UK public sector

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Time to embrace change

01/03/2017Time to embrace change

The way we work is changing. As a profession, we must be ready to embrace it, writes James Driver on behalf of the Association for Project Manage... more >
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Over the next few months, the Government Digital Service (GDS) wants to get a better understanding of how local government and the wider public s... more >
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Leading transformational change through procurement

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Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

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Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >
Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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The secret to the success of one public estate

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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >

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