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Social care demand strategies criticised

Social care demand strategies criticised

Poor support and rapid hospital discharge processes for adult social care could be costing councils more in the long-term, according to a new report by the Institute of Public Care (IPC).

Bournemouth looks to axe chief executive role

Bournemouth councillors will be asked to vote on making the role of chief executive redundant next week.

Dorset reorganisation verdict 'unlikely' before elections

Hopes that the Government will make a decision on whether to back plans for two new unitary authorities covering Dorset have been dashed.

‘Overlooked’ counties threaten to quit LGA

The Local Government Association (LGA) was this week facing a battle to placate its county membership amid snowballing threats to quit the association.

Lucas at Sunderland for another two years

Irene Lucas will take on the top job at Sunderland City Council permanently, having carried out the role on an interim basis for a year.

Wales boasts of lower council tax than England

Council tax in Wales remains lower than in England, new figures published today have revealed.

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Opinion

What’s the right message?

Social care demand strategies criticised

Authorities flouting rules restricting the publication of town hall freesheets are in danger of creating their own echo chambers and undermining local democracy, as Claire Fox explains.

Step up or risk being stifled

The industrial strategy should be delivered at a place-based level, Localis has claimed in its latest report. There will be no argument from local government on that score.

The drive for investment will boost devolution

Fresh back from MIPIM, Michael Burton says post-Brexit the UK will have to become a nation not just of shopkeepers but of salespeople.

Cllr David Hodge: Why I am quitting

Cllr David Hodge explains why he is standing down as chairman of the Conservative group at the Local Government Association.

Don’t forget to read the small print

Public/private sector partnerships have the power to drive real change and deliver value for money, but Andrew Lancaster warns councils need to be careful when negotiating increasingly complex contracts.

Instilling positivity in staff will drive results

Nicola Bulbeck explains how Teignbridge DC is motivating its staff in a bid to boost outcomes.

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Best Practice

We’re moving in the right direction

We’re moving in the right direction

Ian Thomas explains how Rotherham MBC has made progress two years into its five-year transformation programme.

Analysis

Tierful times

Tierful times

Andrew Muter combines the district and county spending power figures and uncovers a worrying trend.

Private sector

Assessing the role of leadership in the modern environment

Penna's new assessment approach for leadership roles focuses on how leadership is measured the modern environment.

‘Fine PwC for failed audit,’ says watchdog

The UK’s accountancy watchdog has proposed PwC be fined £6m for failings in its audit of collapsed social housing maintenance company Connaught.

Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.