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Half of people in care at home have ‘unmet needs’

20.07.17: Over half of older people receiving care at home have unmet needs, a report from a key think tank and a number of social care organisations has today found. Funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research and conducted by Ipsos MORI in p...

LGO: Poor social care practice letting down vulnerable adults

19.07.17: Care providers are not going through proper processes, forcing vulnerable people into situations against their will, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has today revealed. In a new report, ‘The Right to Decide’, the...

LG picking up the bill for national anti-drug policy not an option

14.07.17: The government has today been criticised by two major organisations for its new drug strategy that aims to safeguard the vulnerable and stop substance misuse. Released today by the Home Office, the strategy explains how the government will...

Poorest communities live in good health for 20 years less than rich counterparts

14.07.17: A ‘groundbreaking’ report has today been released by Public Health England (PHE) detailing the health profile of England, finding that people in the most deprived areas had the lowest life expectancy on average. PHE revealed tha...

Councils slam Whitehall’s ‘short-term approach’ to public health cuts

12.07.17: Local councils have today criticised central government after it was revealed that public health services such as sexual health clinics and services reducing harm from smoking, alcohol and drugs will have to be cut by £85m this year by loc...

A third of carers anxious that further service cuts are on their way

11.07.17: A quarter of unpaid carers have not had a day off in five years, a new survey by an influential social care charity has today revealed. In the Carer’s UK report, ‘State of Caring 2017’, it was also noted that 40% of carers...

NHS and council bosses at odds over divisive Better Care Fund targets

06.07.17: Two influential leaders from the NHS and local government are firmly at odds with the government’s decision to outline ‘expectations’ – in other words, targets – of how much areas will have to reduce the amount of d...

CQC: One in five adult social care services not up to scratch

06.07.17: More than a fifth of adult social care services are not up to standard as a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report today revealed that over 4,000 services in England are rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate. Though the majority of serv...

Inspectors sent to 12 struggling local areas to improve health and social care systems

04.07.17: The CQC has been instructed to undertake a programme of local system reviews of health and social care in 12 failing local authority areas by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department of Health. Inspectors will...

Changing our commissioning approach

03.07.17: Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homecare services in the city. In Leeds, a framework arrangement was in place with 32 providers regis...

Councils threatened with ‘non-incentives’ to move health integration forward

30.06.17: The government has indicated that it will start “increasingly scrutinising” local authority performance and look at putting in incentives – or non-incentives – to encourage them to “step up to the mark” when i...

Councils advised to introduce ‘no idling zones’ to tackle air pollution

30.06.17: New guidelines have been published today to improve air quality across England and reduce the impact that pollution can have on vulnerable people. Developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health E...

‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30.06.17: Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care organisations must kick-start the move to the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) immediately in order...

Leaders pile more pressure on May for urgent social care reform

28.06.17: Despite the extra social care money introduced in the Spring Budget, only a staggering 7% of directors are confident that planned savings for 2019-20 will be met, with even less than that feeling at all optimistic about the future financial situ...

HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26.06.17: Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what benefits it will deliver when it replaces the N3 national private network. In short, HSCN is the...

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Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog ... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK ... more >
Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

21/07/2017Council wins ‘landmark’ Supreme Court battle to recoup £1.3m licensing costs

A London council has this week celebrated a landmark judgement which could see it recover up to £1.3m in regulatory and enforcement costs. ... more >

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15/06/2017Challenges remain

As PSE went to press, we were days away from finding out which political party or parties would be leading the country following Theresa May’s decision to call a snap general election for 8 June.  Whoever enters the door at No.10, irrelevant of their political colour, is faced w... read more >

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National policies won’t fix local problems

National policies won’t fix local problems

Andrew Carter, the recently-appointed chief executive of Centre for Cities, argues that the new government will only succeed if it focuses on implementing policies that a... more > more last word articles >
Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

21/07/2017Watchdog slams local product recall systems as ‘not fit for purpose’

The UK has a “fragmented” product safety and recall system that is putting people’s lives in danger, a major consumer watchdog has this week warned. Findings from Which? st... more >
Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

21/07/2017Edinburgh region given £1.1bn boost to drive investment and inclusion

A deal worth £1.1bn to drive investment and address inclusion in the Edinburgh and South-East Scotland area was yesterday signed by the UK and Scottish governments. The deal was signed... more >

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Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

19/06/2017Councillors celebrated in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2017

A number of local government leaders and figures have been named in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. The list recognises the achievements of people across a number of different sectors by handing out awards for services to thei... more >
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Changing our commissioning approach

03/07/2017Changing our commissioning approach

Michelle Atkinson, commissioning manager at Leeds City Council, explains how the local authority has changed its approach to commissioning homeca... more >
Reinventing local government

03/07/2017Reinventing local government

The time has come for councils to adopt a ‘changemaking’ culture in order to drive a radical reinvention in local government, argues ... more >
Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

03/07/2017Public sector outsourcing: a marriage that must work

Kerry Hallard, the president of the Global Sourcing Association, argues that despite some highly-publicised cases of breakdowns in public sector ... more >
Harnessing data sharing in transport

30/06/2017Harnessing data sharing in transport

Simon White of Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) argues that the UK can be at the forefront of innovative mobility solutions if the government enc... more >

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‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

30/06/2017‘The HSCN is the realisation of industry best practice’

Keith Smith, public sector business development manager at Virgin Media Business, tells PSE’s Luana Salles that health and social care orga... more >
HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

26/06/2017HSCN: The enabler for a more joined-up public sector

Mark Hall, Chief Assurance Officer at Redcentric, discusses NHS Digital’s project, the new Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and what b... more >
Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

Ahead of this year’s mayoral elections, Lord Kerslake, the former head of the Civil Service, tells PSE’s David Stevenson why the argu... more >
New social care funding misses the point

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >

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