public health and social care

Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18.10.18: Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the decision. The contract to run LCC’s Health...

Thousands of babies at risk of harm due to children’s services cuts

17.10.18: Almost 16,000 babies are growing up in “toxic” households where they are at risk of harm following unprecedented financial strain on children’ services, according to a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England. ...

Council allocations for £240m social care funding revealed

17.10.18: The allocation of new £240m winter funding for local authorities to spend on adult social care has been announced. The extra funding was announced by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock earlier this month in preparation of i...

State of Care: ‘The tipping point has already been reached’

11.10.18: This year’s CQC State of Care report has found that most people in England receive a good quality of care, but that, much like the situation last year, quality remains inconsistent and access to care is very much dependent on where you liv...

Inspections of struggling councils needed to protect 'fragile social care system', charities urge

08.10.18: The government needs to inspect financially struggling councils to ensure they are meeting their social care duties, an umbrella group for disability charities has urged. The Voluntary Organisation Disability Group (VODG) has said the...

Hancock announces £240m social care funding ahead of green paper

02.10.18: The health and social care secretary Matt Hancock is set to announce an emergency £240m fund to be injected into social care to free up beds this winter. In a speech today at the Conservative Party conference, the secretary of state w...

New £1.4m cash pot for digital projects at 18 councils looking to modernise social care

21.09.18: New adult social care funding for 18 councils across the UK has been awarded by NHS Digital, with the local authorities splitting the £1.4m cash pot to develop digital projects in support of social care. NHS Digital has revealed three...

Council and NHS consider merging into a single public authority

20.09.18: Scottish Borders Council has put forward plans for a single public authority in the region in a proposed submission to a local government review. Ahead of the council’s meeting next week, a report said the proposals aim to d...

Deeper council engagement still needed to drive health integration

20.09.18: More positive progress has been made regarding the involvement of local authorities in shaping integrated care systems (ICSs) across the country, but deeper engagement is needed to improve population health going forward, a leading think tank ha...

Local NHS trust to work with city council to provide new services for young people

17.09.18: Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust (LCH) are to deliver new mental health services for young people after a city council pledge. Leeds City Council has awarded the contract, meaning LCH will be delivering a Public Health Integrated Nursin...

CQC extends local system reviews programme with six local authorities chosen

10.09.18: The CQC has revealed both new and follow-up reviews for six local authorities exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services. Formerly requested by the secretary of state for health and social care and the hou...

What about social care?

10.09.18: Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, looks at the exclusion of social care from the government’s recent NHS funding pledge. The £20bn annual funding increase for the NHS was a bittersweet an...

Government will 'consider proposals' for ring-fenced health and social care funding in latest response

05.09.18: The government has published its response to the Health and Social Care Committee’s calls for ring-fenced transformation funding for health and social care, claiming “it will consider proposals” for a multi-year capital plan to...

Record-high sexual health demand putting ‘severe strain’ on council resources

03.09.18: Record-high demand is putting pressure on local authorities’ struggling sexual health services, a new study has found. Research by the LGA highlighted that the 3.3 million attendances to England’s sexual health clinics in 2017 w...

Transforming the health of the country

03.09.18: With the nation facing public health challenges of epidemic proportions, forward-thinking local authorities are invited to apply to the Design in the Public Sector Programme, delivered in partnership with the LGA, writes Sarah Weir OBE, chief ex...

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Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in... more >
Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18/10/2018Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower bloc... more >
Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

18/10/2018Nottingham council in HS2 partnership to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity

Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 st... 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 >
Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

18/10/2018Council strips contract from NHS trusts and hands it to Virgin after High Court row

Lancashire County Council (LCC) has awarded a controversial £104m healthcare contract to Virgin Care for the second time after a hearing in the High Court ordered a re-evaluation of the dec... more >
Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

18/10/2018Twelve councils given first share of £400m fund to remove unsafe tower block cladding

The government has released the first £248m share of funding for councils to start removing unsafe cladding from their high-rise tower blocks. Twelve local authorities and 31 housing a... more >

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What cities should become

15/10/2018What cities should become

Tom Leaver, project manager at Future Cities Catapult, examines the rationale behind the creation of the City Data Sharing Toolkit, and explores how this is driving a seismic shift in how cities evolve into our data-rich future. We’re... more >
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Inspiring leadership in social value

15/10/2018Inspiring leadership in social value

We have learned a lot since the last National Social Value Conference, with many organisations both in the public and private sectors now embeddi... more >
Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

15/10/2018Is fair funding possible, or pie in the sky?

David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, discusses the current health of local government finance, and how a bette... 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 >
The Convention of the North

15/10/2018The Convention of the North

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool City Region, discusses the findings of the very first Convention of the North, which was held in Newcastle... more >

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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 >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >

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