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Councils must be allowed to borrow to fund Tory social care reform

24.05.17: Local government will have to be able to borrow money to fund the Conservative’s new plans for social care, a key public finance body has stated. In the Conservatives manifesto released last week, Theresa May stated that her party wou...

Mass exodus of social care workers threatening sector's future

18.05.17: Warnings have been sent about the crumbling state of social care as a key health organisation today stated that one in four social care staff were leaving the profession every year. This is despite the fact that demand for services continue...

Third of over-80s receiving inadequate support with daily activities

17.05.17: A third of people over the age of 80 are receiving inadequate care and support to carry out essential tasks such as washing and dressing, a leading charity has today warned. Research conducted by Age UK found that around 30% of over 80s had...

Children’s services at ‘breaking point’ as sector faces £2bn funding gap

15.05.17: Local authorities are facing a £2bn funding gap to support vulnerable children by 2020, councils have warned the government, with the LGA claiming that in many areas services are being pushed to “breaking point”. Analysis...

Public health going backwards with ‘inconsistent approach’

11.05.17: Efforts to improve public health in the UK are being undermined by an “inconsistent approach” to using evidence-based measures, and continued cuts to budgets mean we are now facing a “ticking time bomb”, according doctors...

Just a third of councils understand how accountable care systems work

11.05.17: Only a third of council members have a clear understanding of how an accountable care system (ACS) – NHS England’s chosen model to take forward sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) – work, raising a red flag ar...

Health Foundation: New government must give social care greater GDP share

09.05.17: Even if the short-term pressures facing the social care and health system at present are fixed, the pace of funding growth for the sector will need to accelerate beyond 2020 and take a greater share of the GDP if we are to keep pace with demand...

MPs slam BCF as ‘complicated ruse’ to transfer cash to local government

28.04.17: MPs have slammed the government for the failure of the Better Care Fund (BCF) to achieve any of its objectives, adding that it was unconvinced that STP planning could succeed where the BCF had failed in integrating health and social care service...

Improving information sharing to support integration

28.04.17: Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the use of information and technology. The funding pressures facing social care, and the NHS, have be...

Community support ‘patchy’ for people with learning disabilities

26.04.17: More needs to be done to reduce the number of beds in mental health hospitals for people with a learning disability, and greater levels of funding and support are required when moving them into community care, according to an influential group o...

Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

21.04.17: Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to integrate health and social care, but argues there is still a long way to go. It is no secret tha...

Social care squeeze leaves thousands more patients stranded in hospital care

19.04.17: Around 30,000 more people were forced to wait in hospital while their care was transferred into the community in February 2017 compared to the same month a year ago, figures released by NHS England have revealed. There were almost 185,000 d...

Not the time to pass the buck on tackling smoking

18.04.17: Professor Eugene Milne, director of public health at Newcastle City Council and joint editor of the Journal of Public Health, on why we need a relationship between the NHS and public health provision that recognises the need for collaboration in...

New social care funding misses the point

13.04.17: Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s Spring Budget and the government’s much-anticipated Green Paper. While it is welcome news...

BCF not the be all and end all to integration

13.04.17: Grainne Siggins, national policy lead and trustee at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), talks to PSE about the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) recent report on health and social care integration. In Febru...

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Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, accordin... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a surv... more >
Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

26/05/2017Manchester leaders thank public for £4.1m donations to attack fund

Local leaders in Manchester have heaped praise on the public after £4.1m was raised in support of survivors of the terrorist attack on Mond... more >

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11/04/2017A watershed moment in British politics

The government has now officially triggered Article 50, formally starting the process of Britain’s exit from the EU. How this will affect local government, the wider public sector and the Civil Service remains to be seen, but the likelihood of it being plain sailing with the enormity of t... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

Collaborative working is the key to the future at home and abroad

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The past 12 months... more > more last word articles >
Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

26/05/2017Tories will take education spending back to 2010 levels, warns IFS

Conservative plans to reduce spending on schools would lead to a 7% real-terms cut for the education sector between 2015-16 and 2021-22, according to experts from the Institute of Fiscal Studies.... more >
Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

26/05/2017Almost all council websites now optimised for mobile devices

Almost all local councils have now repurposed their websites to present a responsive or mobile site when accessed on a smartphone. In a survey conducted in April and May 2017 by Better Conne... more >

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A watershed moment in British democracy

02/05/2017A watershed moment in British democracy

The upcoming mayoral elections represent a watershed moment in the history of British democracy, reports PSE’s Luana Salles.  On 4 May, voters across six regions will take to the polls to decide who should captain their public se... more >
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An integrated approach to greening public transport

28/04/2017An integrated approach to greening public transport

Dave Pearson, director of transport services at West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), explains how a partnership approach is encouraging more... more >
Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

28/04/2017Unlocking the combination to criminal justice reform

If new mayors want to improve the life chances of their communities, help the most vulnerable and trailblaze public service reform, then criminal... more >
Improving information sharing to support integration

28/04/2017Improving information sharing to support integration

Kevin Kewin, a senior adviser in the Care and Health Improvement Programme at the LGA, explains how social care can be transformed through the us... more >
Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

28/04/2017Putting digital at the heart of service delivery

Following the recent Smart Essex Digital Summit, which was hosted by Essex County Council, David Wilde, executive director and chief information ... more >

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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 >
Leading transformational change through procurement

01/03/2017Leading transformational change through procurement

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

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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