• Keeping care going in a pandemic

    27 March 2020

    We must use the adult social care sector’s 'magnificent' response to the coronavirus pandemic as categorical evidence as to how our future should be modelled and funded, says Dr Carol Tozer.

  • Care sector unprepared for coronavirus ‘struggle’

    27 March 2020

    Emergency measures have not gone far enough to ready the social care sector for the impact of coronavirus, experts have warned.

  • Inspectors loosen their policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

    16 March 2020

    Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission have put mandatory routine inspections on hold in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Maintaining performance

    25 February 2020

    The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Rutland named strongest performer in adult social care index

    25 February 2020

    Rutland CC has been named the strongest performer in adult social care using refined productivity metrics.

  • Making the case for a bigger cake

    19 February 2020

    Darryl Eyers explains why four local professional associations have come together alongside the LGA to make a collective case to Government for the right long-term resources

  • Councils under ministerial pressure over winter care funding

    21 January 2020

    Ministers have piled pressure on councils to maintain winter funding for home care packages, hours of care and care home placements as bed blocking increases.

  • Better reform for better lives

    21 January 2020

    Social care is being addressed as a priority in Number 10. President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Julie Ogley talks to Ann McGauran about what she hopes will emerge.

  • Clear leadership from the government is needed on public health

    08 January 2020

    Wellbeing should be built into the fabric of Government decision-making when it comes to both policy-making and funding allocation - and it is time for a multi-year funding settlement for public health, says Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy.

  • ‘We cannot keep relying on one-off emergency funding’

    18 December 2019

    Those of us who rely on social care, care for family members who do, or will need care and support in the future, need three things from the new Government, says ADASS president Julie Ogley.

  • Social care needs funding solutions ‘for the short, medium and long-term’

    08 December 2019

    Solace spokesperson for wellbeing Paul Najsarek responds to the findings of the ADASS autumn survey that revealed 90% of respondents had ‘some concerns about, or insufficient capacity to manage’, winter pressures.

  • Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures

    27 November 2019

    More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.

  • We are forced to 'eke out too little to too many people' says social care chief

    20 November 2019

    Too many social workers, managers and councillors 'are having to make invidious decisions to eke out too little to too many people whose needs are increasing' says social care chief Julie Ogley.

  • York’s rural champions

    06 November 2019

    North Yorkshire CC has launched an independent rural commission, believed to be the first of its kind, to give a fresh perspective on the challenges faced by its deeply rural communities. Heather Jameson takes a look.

  • Providing a clear picture of care

    01 October 2019

    By bringing financial and care quality data together to be accessed in one place in real-time, 11 councils are reaping the benefits of a regional collaboration. Iain MacBeath explains.

  • Let’s make a collective effort

    01 October 2019

    Julie Ogley argues that we need to take a wider view that puts the focus on the integration of adult social care with all other key public services.

  • A journey starts with a single step

    06 September 2019

    Places like North Yorkshire have never been well funded by governments, according to Richard Webb. He says we will need to see the final departmental settlement detail of the spending round announcements, but at first look the news is very welcome.

  • Preventing the EU’s workforce exodus

    04 September 2019

    What could the implications of a no-deal Brexit - if it happens - be for the already beleaguered adult social care system? Ann McGauran talks to Julie Ogley, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, about the key risks.

  • Care White Paper must change ‘frightening picture’ of future

    02 September 2019

    A charity has called for wholesale reform of the care sector in the Government’s promised White Paper after figures revealed the depletion of providers.

  • Directors urge action ahead of new immigration rules

    13 August 2019

    The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has urged action as Government considers whether to exempt the care sector from new immigration rules.