public health and social care

Mounting pressures lead councils to overspend on social care by £21bn

21.11.17: Over half of councils are expected to overspend on their adult social care budgets this year, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has claimed. With each council exceeding their budgets by up to almost £21m, ADASS...

Government quietly pushes back social care green paper to summer 2018

17.11.17: The government has quietly delayed publication of its much-anticipated social care green paper. The document, which was initially expected this autumn, will now be published by summer 2018, first secretary Damian Green has said in a written sta...

Huge London health devolution deal will focus on asset sell-off

17.11.17: A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community a...

Councils urged to adopt ‘exemplary’ Manchester single commissioning process

14.11.17: The best way to solve the social care crisis would be by encouraging a single commissioning process whereby local authorities and NHS trusts pool resources and budget. Speaking to PSE during a visit to Manchester, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh...

Public ‘embarrassed’ as thousands of disabled adults stuck in old people’s homes

14.11.17: Homes designed to meet the needs of older people are being incorrectly used to house under-65s with disabilities. Figures revealed by the MS Society show that 3,300 people across the country are living in care accommodations without the cor...

National insurance 1% increase could generate £5bn for social care

13.11.17: An increase of 1% to National Insurance (NI) contributions could bring in £5bn of funding to help bolster the struggling social care sector. Older people’s charity Independent Age found that a countrywide increase in tax would b...

DCLA should provide drivers with a simple way to check emissions, councils say

10.11.17: The government should give drivers more tools to check whether their vehicle will be subject to certain emissions standards. Concerns follow the announcement by London mayor Sadiq Khan of the toxicity charge and future low-emissions zone, a...

Social care to cost 60% of council tax by 2020

10.11.17: Almost 60p in every pound of council tax could be spent on caring for children and adults by 2020, according to local councils. Figures from the Local Government Association suggest that council budgets are becoming increasingly strained by the...

LGA: Government must close funding gap to keep children safe

08.11.17: Teenagers face a wide variety of serious problems and children’s services are not properly funded to deal with them. Following a report from the Children’s Society, the LGA has urged central government to give more money to loca...

Khan announces ‘world’s tightest’ emission charges for 2019

06.11.17: London authorities will introduce an ‘Ultra-low Emission Zone’ (ULEZ) to replace the recently launched T-charge in 2019. Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that the charge will work in addition to the congestion charge but will be activ...

Join Jeremy Hunt to consider the health and economic benefits of health creation

06.11.17: The New NHS Alliance (NNHSA) has announced that health secretary Jeremy Hunt will be a Keynote Speaker at its 2017 Action Summit being held at the Royal College of General Practitioners on 6 December 2017. Hunt joins 25 top-class speakers i...

DH announcement on sleep-in shift pay for care workers ‘does not end uncertainty’

02.11.17: The government has today launched a compliance scheme to aid social care providers who may have incorrectly underpaid care workers. Employers can opt-in to the scheme to give them up to a year to pay off the wages, but councils say the plan...

All eyes on the Budget

01.11.17: Margaret Willcox, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), looks ahead at the upcoming Autumn Budget to assess what needs to be done to fix the ailing social care market. Apparently one of the most watched...

New sustainable transport funding needed with 44 cities above air quality guidelines

31.10.17: The government must spend money on sustainable modes of transport if the UK is to tackle the high number of cities with air quality in breach of guidelines. According to a joint study between Lancet Countdown and the Royal College of Physic...

Care homes reaching ‘crisis point’ with lack of spaces and systemic failures

27.10.17: Almost half of people needing care are left waiting for a bed due to systemic failures and disparity in quality across the care home system. Due to a lack of availability in homes, 48% of people who arranged care for themselves or a loved o...

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Council told to reimburse Suffolk woman charged for care she never received

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Sheffield City Region announces major housing pilot

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City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

22/11/2017City-centric, deeply disappointing and a nightmare – criticisms pile against the Budget

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Driving forward a healthier Scotland

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A smarter approach to digital transformation

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Catherine Bright, Smarter Digital Services (SDS) manager, explains how a partnership of 12 councils across Kent and Surrey are jointly funding a ... more >
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Sam Ulyatt, strategic category commercial director at the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), on how a new framework can help public sector organisat... more >
Open for business

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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

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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

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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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