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We must not compromise

19.04.18: Ahead of the government’s green paper, Margaret Willcox OBE, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, says we must find a solution to the social care market that applies to all adults equally. As we emerge f...

Council wrongly forced amputee to pay for care charges

19.04.18: North Somerset Council has been forced to repay a man it wrongly charged for care at home when he was discharged from hospital after an amputation, the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed. The council r...

The complexities of Brexit and the hunt for exceptional data scientists

16.04.18: Christopher Gallagher, public sector – SAS, says it’s imperative that organisations have the most experienced data scientists at hand. The Civil Service is feeling immense Brexit stress. Making the right decisions, analysing the...

NHSCC and LGA launch joint tool to support integrated commissioning

13.04.18: A new tool for CCGs and councils to support improving outcomes through integrated commissioning has been unveiled yesterday. The ‘Integrated commissioning for better outcomes framework 2018’ (ICBO) has been developed from the &lsquo...

Council adopts ‘anti-abortion safe zone’ protest ban in UK first

11.04.18: A West London council will become the first in the UK to ban the public from protesting outside an abortion clinic following complaints of intimidation. In a controversial move, Ealing councillors unanimously voted to implement a ‘saf...

Tax on sugary drinks ‘will help ease obesity epidemic’

06.04.18: Today, the UK’s tax on sugary drinks came into effect as part of the government’s flagship anti-obesity policy. This new tax comes into effect as obesity-related illnesses continue to put a strain on the NHS and public health at...

Councils teaming up with NHS to create better homes to improve health

27.03.18: According to a King’s Fund and National Housing Federation Report, ‘Housing and health: Opportunities for sustainability and transformation partnerships,’ the cost of poor housing to the NHS is £1.4bn a year. Cold homes...

Hunt announces seven principles to underpin social care Green Paper

21.03.18: Jeremy Hunt has outlined seven key principles that he says will guide the Department of Health and Social Care’s thinking ahead of the long awaited social care Green Paper. He said that the “rotating cast” of care workers have...

LGA calls for government to close funding gap to prevent falls among older people

20.03.18: Extra government funding for councils to increase their falls prevention strategies would reduce hospital admissions, according to the LGA. Falls cost the NHS more than £2bn a year, and the number of hospital admissions of an older person...

Cash-strapped Northamptonshire hit with public health funding inquiries

12.03.18: Northamptonshire County Council could be in for further financial trouble after officials revealed government queries over the use of ring-fenced funding. Public Health England (PHE) bosses have opened discussion with the council’s ne...

Social care must be ‘given parity’ with NHS to avoid delayed transfers of care

09.03.18: A sustainable social care system is key to a sustainable NHS, the LGA has argued in response to NHS England’s latest delayed transfers of care (DToC) figures – which revealed a total of 152,300 delayed days in January. Of all of the...

Council leaders warn of ‘growing crisis’ in north west children’s services

07.03.18: The north west’s cabinet leads for children’s services have written an open letter to Philip Hammond calling for funds to address the “growing crisis” in children’s social care. In the letter, signed by councillors...

LGA urges for social care to have ‘equal footing’ to NHS to close funding gap

02.03.18: Historic underfunding of adult social care is impacting on inpatient services, the LGA has warned. The remarks come following today’s release of the National Audit Office’s report: ‘Reducing emergency admissions,’ which...

DHSC concerned about Northamptonshire’s ability to meet statutory responsibilities

02.03.18: Northamptonshire County Council is the only local authority that the Department of Health and Social Care has concerns about when it comes to delivering its statutory care responsibilities, MPs have heard. Sir Chris Wormald, permanent secretary...

Business rates retention poses ‘some risk’ to core PH funding, says DHSC minister

02.03.18: Business rate implementation of public health may be delayed if risks to core health funding are not mitigated, a Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) minister has argued. Speaking at yesterday’s LGA/ADPH annual public health con...

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Women are scaling the heights at Cheshire East Council

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Kath O’Dwyer, acting chief executive of Cheshire East Council, assesses the importance of the women in the authority’s workforce. After speaking at a Cheshire East Council event on International Women’s Day, I started to ... more >
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Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

19/04/2018Councils must start preparing for the Autumn Budget now

This year will provide the opportunity to develop conversations about local government finance in order to ensure councils stop running on empty,... more >
Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

19/04/2018Get what you pay for, and only pay for what you get

Matthew Sparkes, deputy director for financial services at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on the public sector benefits of the brand-new Spe... more >
Employment support must work for all

19/04/2018Employment support must work for all

London’s new Work and Health Programmes (WHPs), which have now gone live, will help thousands more people get into work across the capital,... more >
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