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Huge council engagement effort on STPs needed to make up lost ground

22.02.17: STPs must look to move away from “jargon and technical language” in order to clearly explain their purpose and rationale to lay readers, a report by the King’s Fund has revealed. The review into STPs also stated that a &ld...

Almost 80% of councils spend more on social care than devolved GM

22.02.17: If Greater Manchester (GM) was a single unitary authority, it would be ranked in the bottom third nationally for its social care user satisfaction – and around 77% of local authorities with social care responsibility would be spending more...

Spring Budget last hope for social care after ‘hugely disappointing’ council settlement

21.02.17: Local authorities have reacted angrily as communities secretary Sajid Javid confirmed that the local government settlement would see £240m being transferred from the New Homes Bonus put back into adult social care funding – but made...

Social care still at risk despite nearly all councils raising tax

20.02.17: A total of 147 of England’s 151 authorities responsible for social care are thought to be considering or have approved a council tax rise of 1.99% to fund the UK’s failing social care system – but this will not be enough to sav...

Scottish councils vote to freeze basic council tax for another year

17.02.17: Three labour-led Scottish councils have again voted to freeze the basic rate of Council Tax for another year. South Lanarkshire confirmed the news on Thursday that it would not be increasing tax for their residents for the ninth year in a r...

Urgent social care redesign needed to save system from ‘complete collapse’

16.02.17: Social care for the elderly has moved from being “limited” to “invisible”, the NHS Confederation has stated today, adding that a complete redesign of the system is needed on top of extra government funding. Respondin...

NAO: No compelling evidence that health and social care integration works

08.02.17: The government’s plan to integrate health and social care services across England by 2020 is at “significant risk” due to progress being slower and less successful than had been hoped, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned...

Surrey abandons 15% council tax rise plan in hopes of Whitehall social care fix

08.02.17: Surrey County Council has performed a last minute climbdown on its plan to raise council tax by 15%, instead recommending a rise of just under 5% at its full 2017-18 budget meeting. The council had considered holding a referendum on the ris...

Surrey CC cabinet backs referendum on 15% council tax rise

03.02.17: Surrey County Council’s proposal to raise its council tax by an enormous 15% has been backed unanimously by the authority’s cabinet. The tax rise will now be considered by the full council on 7 February followed by a public refe...

Social care needs £1bn boost or councils at risk of failing statutory duties

02.02.17: Social care requires £1bn of emergency funding in this year’s Budget in order to stabilise the market, or else some services are at risk of failing, directors of social care have warned. In its representation for the 2017 Budget...

Smoking creates £760m annual social care bill for cash-strapped councils

30.01.17: Smoking is costing local authorities and individuals an enormous £1.4bn in social care costs to cover the growing needs of people with smoking-related illnesses, a parliamentary report has found. The research, conducted by Action on S...

Flawed local government settlement leaves councils at ‘financial tipping point’

27.01.17: The recent local government financial settlement will leave over two-thirds of councils scrabbling for unexpected savings in 2017-18, pushing them towards a ‘financial tipping point’, council chiefs have warned. As councils prep...

Care home crisis leaves self-funders footing £1.3bn bill

25.01.17: Self-funding care home residents are paying a “care tax” to keep the system afloat due to a £1.3bn shortfall in adult social care funding, analysts have revealed. The healthcare market intelligence provider LaingBuisson ha...

Surrey CC proposes referendum on 15% council tax rise

20.01.17: Surrey County Council has proposed raising its council tax by an enormous 15% in a bid to defend the county’s social care and children’s services. The county will now need to hold a referendum on the proposals as the proposed ri...

CCN: Funding mismatch has put council services at ‘significant crossroads’

16.01.17: England’s county leaders have warned that the “fundamental mismatch” between funding and demand for social care has put councils at a “significant crossroads” when it comes to guaranteeing the sustainability of stat...

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LGA: New homes data positive, but still failing to meet growing housing need

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Lancashire still pushing for devo deal despite two councils withdrawing support

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Plans put forward for a devolution deal to join together 15 councils in Lancashire in a combined authority will still go ahead, despite two counc... more >
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Solace president mandate: Champion diversity and celebrate great public services

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Central government has faced strong criticism of its many estate schemes in recent years, but one in particular seems to steer clear of the backl... more >
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