public health and social care

High Court slams Herefordshire council for ‘woeful’ children’s care after failing children ‘on a serious and serial basis’

07.12.18: Herefordshire council has apologised for failing children in two separate cases through its “woeful” children’s services after a High Court judge said he was “appalled” by errors made by the authority’s social...

Home care provider Allied Healthcare saved from bankruptcy

03.12.18: One of the largest home care providers in the UK has been sold two weeks after it announced it was selling or transferring all of its contracts after regulators reported it was on the brink of bankruptcy. Allied Healthcare, which provided o...

Rotherham abuse victim reveals council offered convicted sex offender access to her child

28.11.18: Rotherham Council has come under fierce criticism after a convicted sex offender was offered access to the child of one of the victims of the town’s sexual exploitation scandal. Arshid Hussain was jailed for 35 years in 2016 after he...

Ombudsman ‘increasingly concerned’ over councils’ systematic problems with social care

28.11.18: The ombudsman for local government and social care has said it is becoming “increasingly concerned” with how some councils are handling increasing adult social care issues after a review found issues with systems, policies and proced...

‘We must be business-like’: Lancashire council eyes £77m cuts and 160 job losses to fight deficit

26.11.18: Lancashire County Council has revealed a sweeping new set of savings proposals worth £77m over the next four years, which includes cuts to vulnerable adult and children’s services and a total loss of 164 jobs. The planned cutbac...

CQC: Care home fined £300,000 for failing to protect residents from ‘sexual predator’

21.11.18: In a prosecution brought forward by the CQC, a care home provider has been slapped with a £300,000 fine for allowing a man with a history of sexual assault the freedom to prey on vulnerable people. Hillgreen Care Ltd was prosecuted fo...

Costs of caring for adults with learning disabilities to rise by £2bn for councils by 2025

19.11.18: A surge in the number of adults with severe disabilities and an increase in the cost of care could see council’s expenses increase by £2bn by 2025, putting their long-term survival at risk. Analysis by the County Councils Networ...

Northamptonshire County Council: Another commissioner on the way after huge decline in children’s services

15.11.18: Communities secretary James Brokenshire has decided to appoint an additional commissioner to the team already in place at Northamptonshire County Council as a result of Ofsted’s latest inspection, which concluded that children’s serv...

Westminster council to ban supersize homes to make room for more affordable housing

14.11.18: Westminster City Council is to ban new supersized properties to free up space to build more affordable homes for “real people” as it sets out its 2040 vision for housing. The council said it would restrict new-build homes that e...

Government must plug £3.6bn social care funding gap with tax rise, councils say

14.11.18: The government urgently needs to raise taxes to plug the £3.6bn funding gap in adult social care and must address this in its delayed social care green paper, the LGA has said. Councils blamed “years of significant underfunding&...

Ofsted gives damning report on Northants’ children’s services amidst financial uncertainty

13.11.18: Ofsted has written to Northamptonshire County Council after an inspection found that its children’s services had declined “significantly” in the last two years “against a backdrop of recent financial uncertainty.” ...

Housing minister confirms £22m for councils to support domestic abuse survivors

12.11.18: Housing minister Heather Wheeler MP has announced £22m funding for more than 60 projects across England for councils to help support domestic abuse survivors and their families. The money will go towards rebuilding the lives of over 2...

Cornwall Council at ‘crossroads’ over plans for means-tested children’s services

06.11.18: Plans to integrate children’s services at Cornwall Council are to be discussed by the cabinet despite protests that parents could end up being charged to use the services. Cornwall Council will meet tomorrow to discuss the ‘One...

Communities Select Committee launches inquiry into children’s services funding and spending

06.11.18: Children’s services in England and Wales will face an inquiry launched by MPs after concerns have been raised about the sector’s funding and spending levels. The Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee announc...

Demonstrators protest against council’s ‘callous’ plan to close its last two care homes

05.11.18: Protests have been held against Southampton City Council’s decision to close its two remaining care homes. The Labour-run council says it would save £1.3m if the two care homes were shut down, but protesters and unions say the m...

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Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

13/12/2018Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

The annual local government finance settlement shows that the government has recognised short-term pressures facing local government — but ... more >
Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

13/12/2018Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

The leader of Salisbury City Council is to step down from the role citing the job’s impact on his personal life behind the decision. C... more >
Oxford council owes balanced budget to its wholly-owned public services company

13/12/2018Oxford council owes balanced budget to its wholly-owned public services company

Oxford City Council has owed its fully balanced four-year budget proposal – which is better than many other local authorities up and down t... more >

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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not ... read more >

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The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everyt... more > more last word articles >
Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

13/12/2018Local government finance settlement: short-term needs met with 2.4% boost

The annual local government finance settlement shows that the government has recognised short-term pressures facing local government — but it is yet to solve medium to long-term financial d... more >
Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

13/12/2018Salisbury City Council leader steps down due to job’s impact on personal life

The leader of Salisbury City Council is to step down from the role citing the job’s impact on his personal life behind the decision. Cllr Matthew Dean, who has been in the role since A... more >

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Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

12/12/2018Blog: 5 minutes with Gary Wallis-Clarke, member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills Group

Ahead of the upcoming networking extravaganza EvoNorth, we caught up with Gary Wallis-Clarke, a member of the Northern Powerhouse Education and Skills group, executive headteacher at West Jesmond Primary school, and its national leader of e... more >
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The digital buying community is live

12/11/2018The digital buying community is live

Many of the requirements from buyers posted on the Digital Marketplace were either non-compliant or poorly worded, which resulted in challenges f... more >
A force to be reckoned with

12/11/2018A force to be reckoned with

The South Bank plan, which refers to a number of investments and proposed activities across a massive plot of land south of the River Aire, is on... more >
Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

12/11/2018Less for less: the risk of 'core offers'

As councils across England struggle with their finances in the face of massive cuts from central government, Simon Edwards, director of the Count... more >
A two-speed England

05/11/2018A two-speed England

Central government needs to change its approach to local transport planning and investment, including by consolidating funding and maximising dev... more >

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New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

05/11/2018New Dorset Councils CEO on the creation of a new unitary: ‘This is going to be the right decision for Dorset’

The new chief executive of one of the new unitary authorities in Dorset has outlined his approach to culture and work with employees, arguing tha... more >
Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

15/10/2018Keeping the momentum of the Northern Powerhouse

On 6 September, the biggest decision-makers of the north joined forces to celebrate and debate how to drive innovation and improvement through th... more >
Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

26/09/2018Cllr Cutts on dealing with children’s services pressures: ‘I can’t magic money out of the air’

The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has outlined her priorities for dealing with soaring demand of children’s services and social ... more >
Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

05/09/2018Nottinghamshire considers unitary shake-up proposals in a bid to balance books

Nottinghamshire County Council is considering proposals to scrap its current two-tier structure for a new unitary system in order to save on... more >

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