• ‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

    26 March 2020

    Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

  • Working together in tough times

    23 March 2020

    Director of Public Health at Birmingham City Council Dr Justin Varney outlines how the city is co-ordinating its COVID-19 outbreak response and planning for future challenges.

  • £3bn bed blocking coronavirus cash injection

    19 March 2020

    Almost £3bn of the Government’s £5bn Covid-19 funding will go towards freeing up at least 15,000 English hospital beds by the end of next week, the Department of Health and Social Care has announced.

  • The wellbeing of individuals and their wider community is key

    18 March 2020

    COVID-19 has put public health at the top of the nation's priorities, and it's vital to remember that the wellbeing of individuals and their wider community are key to creating a place-based agenda, writes Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Fit for the future

    18 March 2020

    Surrey County Council and PwC outline the ‘very clear and powerful’ shared ambition driving their joint approach to transformation – focused on creating an inclusive and healthy place where people are proud to live.

  • We need to invest in social infrastructure to tackle health inequality

    12 March 2020

    Writing on Social Prescribing Day, Fay Holland says we need to invest in public health budgets and services if we are to strengthen the social infrastructure of communities.

  • LGA chairman self-isolating due to coronavirus

    12 March 2020

    The chairman of the Local Government Association, Cllr James Jamieson, is self-isolating after being exposed to coronavirus.

  • Budget 2020: £5bn emergency fund to fight coronavirus

    11 March 2020

    The Government has promised to deliver a £5bn emergency fund to help manage the extra pressures the NHS and social care are facing in the wake of coronavirus.

  • A tough balancing act for councils

    10 March 2020

    Managing and mitigating the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on local communities poses a huge challenge for councils, but it’s one they’ve been planning for. Naomi Larsson reports.

  • Keep calm and collaborate 

    10 March 2020

    Dr Jeanelle de Grucy says the next few weeks will be difficult – but collaboration and openness are our greatest assets in tackling the coronavirus. 

  • Hancock announces May talks on social care

    06 March 2020

    Health secretary Matt Hancock has urged MPs and peers to come forward to help secure a cross-party consensus on adult social care.

  • Using design to closing the health gap and improve later life

    04 March 2020

    In the south west of England, the Transform Ageing programme has been exploring how to improve people’s experience of later life and close the health gap , says Paul Burstow.

  • ‘A roadmap towards a good society’

    04 March 2020

    Sir Michael Marmot’s damning report on health inequalities found that, while there has been limited action by Government, many local authorities have taken forward the recommendations outlined in his 2010 review. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Addressing health inequalities is in the sector’s hands

    25 February 2020

    The Marmot review shows a stalling in life expectancy. Heather Jameson says the figures are 'a shaming indictment of a country that is moving backwards, failing in the very basic ambition of making each generation's life better than the last'.

  • Life expectancy stalls for the first time in a century

    25 February 2020

    Life expectancy has stopped improving for the first time in more than 100 years and has declined for England’s poorest women, according to a new study.

  • An allied approach to success in Oldham

    05 February 2020

    Dr Carolyn Wilkins outlines Oldham MBC’s journey to further health and social care integration and her ambitions for the future. She says it’s time ‘to gain an even deeper understanding of our place, assets and resources’.

  • Commission puts health devolution back on political agenda

    03 February 2020

    A new commission calling for the devolution of health and social care services has been launched.

  • Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

    24 January 2020

    London Councils has called for more devolution to boroughs of decisions on the GP estate.

  • Row over SNP funding of councils

    23 January 2020

    Local government is ‘treated far better in Scotland than it is elsewhere in the UK,’ the Scottish National Party (SNP) has insisted.

  • Unblocking the blocks

    21 January 2020

    Reading has seen a 15% decrease in delayed discharges of care compared to last year. Seona Douglas outlines the key approaches she believes have made a difference.