Adult social care

  • Let's continue to open national politicians’ and civil servants’ eyes to the potential of local government

    12 May 2021

    Writing in advance of the Queen's Speech, Graeme McDonald wondered if it would set up a new relationship between Whitehall and councils. or leave local government fighting for relevance within a Westminster-imposed straightjacket.


  • Queen's Speech: No social care solution in sight

    11 May 2021

    The Queen’s Speech has said proposals on social care reform will be brought forward – but it fell short of a commitment to legislation in this Parliament.


  • Queen's Speech: No funding pledge on social care reform

    11 May 2021

    The Queen’s Speech fell short of including a social care Bill and there was no pledge on funding.


  • Unfinished business

    04 May 2021

    With the public finances in an ‘astonishingly difficult’ position, will the Government prioritise the investment needed to ensure a long-term future for social care - and what is its vision? Ann McGauran reports from the ADASS spring seminar.


  • The Homeshare Model: simultaneously impacting housing and social care

    22 April 2021

    The Homeshare model has a valuable impact on housing and social care, including supporting older people to live independently for longer, says Amanda Clarke.


  • Will COVID be the catalyst for change?

    30 March 2021

    Simon Bottery argues there is overwhelming evidence to show that people ‘want a better, fairer social care system – and COVID-19 has brutally exposed the failings of the current one’. Will this tip the balance towards reform?


  • Seize the reins

    30 March 2021

    The County Councils Network's new business plan for recovery and renewal puts forward evidence-based practical proposals to influence the Government's key agendas across six clear priorities, says Simon Edwards.


  • Councils face rise in demand for short-term care

    26 March 2021

    Councils have faced a 7% rise in demand for short-term support in the last four years and are dealing with an increase in new care requests from younger people, says a new report.


  • A Beveridge-sized challenge for local government

    24 March 2021

    Michael Burton says planning for the aftermath of the pandemic 'need not wait until the number of cases is in single figures just as Beveridge did not wait for the guns to fall silent before planning the welfare state'.


  • A tale of two Budgets?

    09 March 2021

    While the Budget delivered an economic quick fix, critics have highlighted its silence on support for public services and rising inequality, and a ‘scattergun’ approach to levelling up. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Plenty of reasons to be cheerful in the health and care White Paper

    24 February 2021

    Cllr David Fothergill says while many of the 2012 health reforms will now be unwound, local government's responsibility for public health should be the one that remains untouched.


  • Starting from the wrong place?

    15 February 2021

    The first White Paper on NHS reform in nearly a decade confirms England will be covered by statutory integrated care systems. Ann McGauran canvasses local government sector experts on the contents.


  • Social care should remain delivered by councils, says report

    10 February 2021

    Tens of thousands of people could live more independent lives if councils keep hold of social care under government plans to overhaul health services, a new report has insisted.


  • Steering care through crisis

    25 January 2021

    The entire care market still faces massive challenges. As part of the National Audit Office investigation into care markets, we brought together some experts to debate the issues. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Our third Integrated Care Systems model would be a real ‘partnership of equals’

    21 January 2021

    The cross-party Health Devolution Commission is proposing a ‘democratic third way’ on integrated care. Steve Barwick and Phil Hope explain.


  • The answers cannot wait for long

    12 January 2021

    If local government is to play the vital role required in the recovery of places and communities, it will need some clarity and medium-term certainty about the underpinning finance regime, says John O'Brien of London Councils.


  • Transforming care in a time of crisis

    15 December 2020

    Gavin Bashar outlines how directors of social care can use technology enabled care services to improve outcomes and efficiency, particularly during COVID-19.


  • Green light for COVID-19 vaccine in care homes

    07 December 2020

    The Medicines And Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has approved a method of splitting batches of the Pfizer vaccine.


  • No place like home

    02 December 2020

    Building on its experiences earlier in the pandemic, Reading Council’s ‘Home First’ is its embedded approach for those leaving hospital or needing more support. Cllr Tony Jones explains why.


  • There’s not enough votes in funding councils

    02 December 2020

    'Whatever the finance settlement brings, it will not be enough', says Heather Jameson. 'Councils will cope as they always do – or most will – and there is another year to make the case for local services, while the Government hopes it all goes away.'