Adult social care
Rotherham wins back more control
Rotherham MBC has won back democratic control of all functions apart from children’s social care, the Government has confirmed.
EXCLUSIVE: Sir Vince backs more council borrowing powers
Ahead of his first Liberal Democrat conference as party leader, Sir Vince Cable tells Michael Burton why local government should play a key role in rebuilding the country’s infrastructure.
Authorities deadlocked over disabled facilities grant
Staffordshire CC is at deadlock with one of its districts in a continuing row about disabled facilities grant (DFG).
Counties and districts clash over DFG spend
Furious rows have been erupting around the country with counties and districts clashing over which authority is better placed to spend the disabled facilities grant (DFG).
MPs back social care system overhaul
A poll of 100 English MPs has found just one in 10 believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK’s ageing population.
Homecare market under growing pressure
The continued under-funding of adult social care is placing the homecare provider market under a lot of pressure, councils have warned.
Norse Group profits plunge by £1.8m
Norfolk CC’s wholly-owned company Norse Group’s underlying profits fell by nearly £1.8m in the last financial year despite an increase in turnover.
Care directors' warning after record bed blocking figures
Council directors have issued fresh warnings after a record proportion of delayed transfers of care were put down to social care.
'Too much poor care' says social care watchdog
Four in ten care homes inspected this year are not good enough, according to the latest analysis.
West Suffolk is going Dutch
Tony Goldson explains how a highly successful Dutch care model – Buurtzorg – could revolutionise the British system.
Creating a care system that benefits the majority
It’s no secret our population is increasingly ageing and funding can’t keep up, leaving our underfunded social care system in a state of crisis. Tony Pilkington offers ideas on how the sector must embrace new roles and responsibilities, connecting pe
Establish long-term sustainability plan, Scottish government told
Councils in Scotland do not have the funding needed for health and social care integration, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned.
Care directors 'disappointed' by funding threat
Adult social care directors have been left ‘very disappointed’ after the Government threatened to take away funding from areas that failed to reduce bed blocking.
Tensions rise as NHS fines 22 councils for bed-blocking
The NHS has fined at least 22 councils for bed-blocking and threatened 11 others with charges amid escalating tensions between health and care.
Little substance predicted from Queen's Speech
The Queen’s Speech is set to have Brexit at its heart but not much else, according to predictions in the run up to the state opening of Parliament.
Croydon's bold and budget-friendly alliance
Health and care integration is a cherished goal among politicians, civil servants and the NHS. Manju Shahul-Hameed explains why a cutting-edge partnership in Croydon now needs government backing to fulfil its potential
Placing support for carers at the heart of care services
A rigourous, forward-thinking approach to embedding carers into pathways is becoming a necessity, says Heather Acton.
The Deal makers
Donna Hall explains how a new strategy for Wigan MBC is laying the foundations to better manage demand and strengthen communities.
Counties can impact the next administration's agenda
There is a growing disquiet as to whether business rate retention offers the solutions to local government's funding needs, argues James Maker as he looks ahead to the Queen's Speech.
Don't forget informal carers
London Councils’ executive member for adult social care, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, on the value of informal carers.