Adult social care
Leader says Dundee 'will not shy away from problems'
Dundee City Council is to overhaul its protection of vulnerable adults following criticism from a care watchdog.
A green paper for change
The delay in providing a strategy for social care and wellbeing is impacting not just the care sector, but other key services around the country. To promote discussion the LGA has produced its own green paper looking beyond social care, as Izzi Seccombe explains.
A new vision of social care’s future
The upcoming social care Green Paper needs to encourage innovative thinking and the idea that embracing technology can have a dramatic impact on delivery of social care. David Rees explains why, and how a partnership with Hampshire CC is already reaping dividends in these areas
Assistance you can count on
Shropshire has been taking advantage of assisted technology to help deliver services across the county. Andy Begley looks at the benefits of tapping into the digital era.
ACOs’ need local flavour
Accountable Care Organisations could help deliver health and social care integration, but if they are to be successful, local government cannot be excluded from the conversation, argues Nathan East.
Rutland shakes-up management team
Rutland CC has shaken-up its senior management team, with three directors taking on new roles.
Tax increases among options in LGA Green Paper
Tax increases are among the solutions to the social care crisis considered in a Green Paper launched by the Local Government Association (LGA) today.
Developing a model care system in Stockport has made a huge impact in the way the authority works with the different arms of it’s workforce, the local community and other service providers. Pam Smith explains.
Relief after sleep-in ruling
Council leaders have expressed their relief after a legal decision today not to count sleep-in shifts as working time.
Without local government the NHS won’t make 80
Let’s allow the NHS to thrive with the help of its older sibling, writes Cllr David Hodge.
Making the most of the NHS birthday money
Cllr Alan White demands confirmation of funding to maintain public health and adult social care.
Rise in children's services spending
The amount expected to be spent on children’s social care in 2018/19 is up 6.8% or £542m compared to the figure in 2017/18 budgets, latest figures have shown.
A contact sport
The BASW is taking the lead in highlighting the relationship issues social workers are encountering, in particular the struggle to make regular face to face contact with children. Maris Stratulis explains.
Making the break from centralism
As the NHS hits its 70th birthday, Jon Rouse talks to Heather Jameson about the progress of the Manchester health devolution and whether Bevan’s vision for the NHS is being realised
Put health and care on an equal level
There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system, and the two co-dependent services need to given parity, as Aneurin Bevan recognised. Cllr Izzi Seccombe argues that the Government needs to address the crisis in social care funding by providing councils directly with extra cash to plug the gap.
How developing technology could be the home care sector’s remedy
The community and residential care sector is at a tipping point, with the challenges it faces thrown into sharp focus via recent cases of providers seeking financial rescue plans as the climate gets tougher.
Some uncomfortable truths for local government
Claire Kober says the public does not see the value of social care, which remains invisible in the eyes of many.
Social care green paper delayed - again
The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.
Rising social care costs spell doom for services
Council spending on adult social care is squeezing cash out of other services, fresh analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown.
From care services to more caring places
Alex Khaldi explains why insight and oversight matter in social care.