'Systemic and persistent' failures in council's children's services
Worcestershire CC has said it has invested an extra £5.1m into improving children’s social care this year after a damning report from a government commissioner.
Austerity driving up thresholds for children's services
Thresholds for vulnerable children seeking care are creeping up, flying in the face of efforts to act early, social workers have warned.
Edinburgh health chief departs post
The chief officer to the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership, Robert McCulloch-Graham, has left his post.
Sparks fly as industrial action at Kirklees fails
Tensions flared between social workers and senior management at crisis hit Kirklees MBC after social workers claimed they had been ‘ignored’ since their two-day strike.
Scale of overtime revealed by union
A third of social workers regularly work unpaid overtime in order to keep local authority services going, a new study by the GMB trade union has found.
What can the General Election do for the public sector workforce?
Caroline Nugent lays down the key asks the PPMA is making of the new government.
Growing our own talent
Local government is in a period of unprecedented change. New PPMA president Caroline Nugent outlines her priorities for the rocky year ahead to Sam Clayden.
App for real-life recruitment
Buckinghamshire CC is the first authority in the country to use a computer simulation in the recruitment process for social workers. David Johnston explains.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Johnson: Scotland could use debt as bargaining chip
Scotland could use its share of the national debt as a bargaining chip in the independence debate, according to the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
Local government must not be ignored during Brexit talks
Michael Burton says local government has a direct stake in Brexit negotiations. The sector must be taken into account.
Is social care making progress?
Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at the major questions the Government’s upcoming green paper on social care funding will have to address.
Dudley and Doncaster making 'continued progress'
Inspectors have praised two formerly failing children’s services departments for the strides they have made on their improvement journeys.
The Government must recognise the value of social workers
It is not what is in the Government’s new social work advice note that trouble’s Blair McPherson. It is what is absent from it.
Brexit casts a long shadow
The UK’s decision to leave the EU will have profound consequences. Heather Jameson talks to Lord Kerslake about what this will mean for local government.
Saving cash, solving skills shortages
Councils have come under scrutiny for their reliance on costly agency social workers amid a chronic skills shortage. David Johnston explains how Buckinghamshire CC’s new Social Work Academy is helping to tackle the issue.
Somerset kids’ services ‘still need improvement’
Ofsted has told Somerset CC’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services that ‘notable room for improvement remains’.
Deputy promoted to chief at borough
Bill Cullen has been named chief executive of Hinckley & Bosworth BC.
£40m for CSE not enough - councils
Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.
‘Give Troubled Families staff better terms and pay’
Local government’s largest trade union has called for improved pay and conditions for staff working on the Government’s £1.3bn Troubled Families programme.