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Shouting about health and care integration in the capital

21.04.17: Cllr Kevin Davis, London Councils executive member for health and leader of Kingston Council, celebrates the work being done in the capital to integrate health and social care, but argues there is still a long way to go. It is no secret tha...

Social care squeeze leaves thousands more patients stranded in hospital care

19.04.17: Around 30,000 more people were forced to wait in hospital while their care was transferred into the community in February 2017 compared to the same month a year ago, figures released by NHS England have revealed. There were almost 185,000 d...

Not the time to pass the buck on tackling smoking

18.04.17: Professor Eugene Milne, director of public health at Newcastle City Council and joint editor of the Journal of Public Health, on why we need a relationship between the NHS and public health provision that recognises the need for collaboration in...

New social care funding misses the point

13.04.17: Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s Spring Budget and the government’s much-anticipated Green Paper. While it is welcome news...

BCF not the be all and end all to integration

13.04.17: Grainne Siggins, national policy lead and trustee at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care (ADASS), talks to PSE about the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) recent report on health and social care integration. In Febru...

The shortcomings of privatised adult social care – why has it failed?

13.04.17: Vivek Kotecha, research officer at the Centre for Health and the Public Interest (CHPI), looks at the challenges facing privatised social care. Patients were assured that they would have more choice and a better quality of care when adult s...

Enormous variation in social care quality reinforces need for urgent funding review

11.04.17: Huge disparity has been revealed in the quality of care homes across the country by a new Independent Age report that looked into the number of providers that had been rated poorly in inspections. The study looked into the proportion of car...

One-tenth of councils cut social care spending by 25%, warns IFS

05.04.17: Council spending on social care per adult fell by 11% in real terms between 2009-10 and 2015-16, while one in 10 councils have cut their social care budgets by more than a quarter, a report released today by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS)...

LGA: Lords’ report highlights ‘vital’ need to secure future of social care

05.04.17: Council leaders have welcomed a new report by the House of Lords Select Committee released today that slammed successive governments for failing to have a long-term view of the future of social care and the NHS. The ‘Long-term Sustain...

Councils hit back at ‘ill-advised’ Lords call to scrap licensing committees

04.04.17: Council leaders have today hit back at a House of Lords Select Committee report that described the formation of licensing committees as “a mistake”, recommending that they are taken over by planning committees instead. In a stat...

Social care is about more than freeing up hospital space, councils warn

03.04.17: Local authorities have responded to the government’s framework on how the £2bn earmarked for adult social care over the next three years will be used, arguing that the money is a good step in the right direction but is by no means a...

Local leaders call for central role in social care review

31.03.17: Councils, unions and NHS bodies have joined together in welcoming the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee’s report into adult social care that called for an urgent review of adult care to be undertaken immediately. MPs on...

MPs call for urgent ‘all options on the table’ review of crumbling social care system

31.03.17: The full extent of the UK’s adult social care crisis was outlined today in a Communities and Local Government Select (CLG) Committee report which called for a full review of the sector by the government.   The committee’s i...

Public health cuts likely to cost wider economy £1.6bn in the long term

30.03.17: Cuts to public health services are “short-sighted,” and represent a false economy, a report published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has found. It also found that the £200m cuts to public health funding in the UK wou...

Councils must look to resolve social care enquiries ‘at front door’

28.03.17: Councils lack clear strategies for managing demand for social care services and insufficient data to analyse how best to use resources and improve services for patients, including better assessment and signposting for patients at first point of...

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Switch to Universal Credit doubles number of referrals to foodbanks

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Areas where Universal Credit has been rolled out to single people, couples and families have seen a 16.85% increase in the number of people being referred to foodbanks – more than double th... more >
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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 arguments for devolution remain as compelling as they ... more >

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Public sector can lead the UK to an ultra-low emission future

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Poppy Welch, head of Go Ultra Low, explains why the public sector has the potential to shape and accelerate the UK automotive market to be entire... more >
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Oxfordshire devolution will boost UK economy

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Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

25/04/2017Maintaining the momentum for further devolution

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

13/04/2017New social care funding misses the point

Clive Betts MP, chair of the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee, reflects on the social care funding released in this year’s ... more >
Leading transformational change through procurement

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Liz Welton, chair of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO), tells PSE’s David Stevenson why there are lots of oppo... more >
McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

20/12/2016McMahon: I worry that the public are not part of the devolution conversation

Jim McMahon, Labour’s shadow minister for local government and devolution, talks to PSE’s David Stevenson about the need to radically... more >

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