Adult social care
York reviews elderly care amid watchdog criticism
City of York Council has agreed to review its handling of an elderly care plan for a vulnerable couple after a rebuke from the sector’s ombudsman.
Government not even close to ‘rescuing’ social care
The Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Committee said billions of pounds ‘urgently’ needed to be injected into the system to meet both short-term and long-term needs.
Care in skills crisis
Social care directors have said the sector is facing ‘a workforce crisis never seen before’ as the body of evidence swelled this week.
Social care and the leadership contest: what next?
Martin Routledge looks at what people, councils and support providers need from the Conservative leadership candidates on social care, and says they need to be challenged to offer clarity.
Filled posts in adult social care are down for the first time
The number of filled posts in adult social care is down for the first time on record, highlighting recruitment challenges, a new report has found.
Social care faces 'most challenging year'
Inflation and a labour market crisis are expected to add to long-term pressures caused by austerity and the COVID-19 pandemic, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services’ (ADASS) spring survey has found.
Care warning after elderly 'population boom'
A ‘population boom’ of over-65s is piling pressure on adult care services, county councils have warned.
Which new PM is going to support social care?
As the candidates jostle for the leadership of the Conservative Party, racing to offer up tax cuts, Heather Jameson asks what it may mean for local government and the future funding of adult social care
Minister delays self-funding care reforms
Residential care self-funders will not be able to ask their council to arrange care for them at the lower local authority rate until April 2025, minister Gillian Keegan has announced.
North-South self-funding split revealed
The South East has the highest proportion of self-funders in community care services and the North East the lowest, according to the Office for National Statistics.
Putting good health in place
Public health teams returned to local government in 2012. Ten years on, Louise Marshall and Alexander Allen set out six elements of a whole-council approach to building improving health
Using councils’ know-how to improve health
Councils can be key drivers of improving health, says Dwayne Johnson.
Fresh warnings over National Care Service
Council leaders in Scotland have again warned of the impact of the planned National Care Service on local authorities.
A twelve-point plan for ICSs
Tackling health inequalities will need central Government as well as NHS and local government action. Phil Hope and Steve Barwick offer a twelve-point plan for Integrated Care Systems – including supporting mental health
LGA finance warning kicks off conference
More councils could be tipped into financial crisis while others face emergency in-year cuts due to soaring inflation and living wage increases, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.
Adult social care inspections ahead
Whitehall officials are drawing up a controversial adult social care inspections system after the passing of a new law.
Survival skills in a candidate-short market
With a lot of movement within the sector since the pandemic began, Jonathon Sheppard assesses the current state of a market where availability of dependable and skilled candidates is becoming the key component.
Whitehall needs to up its game
Adult social care and special education reforms are examples of Whitehall departments' poor policy development and implementation, says Chris Tambini.
Counties in inflation funding call
County councils have called for extra Government funding to cope with huge increases caused by inflation.
Consultation, confrontation and concessions
Blair McPherson takes an in-depth look at the challenges of budget cuts and consultation, reflecting on dealing with changes to services for people with a learning disability.