We have proved that councils are the place for social care - ADASS
The ‘joining up’ work done by local government during the pandemic has made it clear to Government and Whitehall that social care ‘needs a home’ in councils, says the president of ADASS.
Spike in child abuse
Ofsted’s chief inspector has warned of an increase in the number of child injuries and deaths uncovered by local authorities since the onset of the pandemic.
Redesign services for a COVID era, says CQC chief
The chief executive of the Care Quality Commission has called for services to be redesigned for a ‘COVID era’ that could last for many years.
Care home occupancy down over Grim Reaper fears
People are reluctant to put their relatives into care homes because they think the ‘Grim Reaper is waiting at the gate,’ a senior councillor has warned.
Top civil servant opens up on asylum challenge
A senior Whitehall official has admitted she has a ‘knot in my stomach most days’ as she grapples with the unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) influx.
'Wide-ranging' government care review 'very imminent'
Children’s minister Vicky Ford has promised that the long-awaited review into the care system is ‘very imminent’ and will be ‘wide ranging’.
NCAS: Experts call for a social care solution
There must be ‘no more procrastination’ on resolving the issues of adult social care that have been exposed by the COVID crisis, experts have warned.
Diary still hasn’t decided which of the local government professional groups has the best reputation for partying.
Transformation can still yield more savings, claims mandarin
Further transformation may still help councils make savings in children’s services, a top Department for Education (DfE) civil servant has claimed.
Director recalls 'huge shock' of child abuse scandal
A council criticised for failings over a historic child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring has warned other authorities not to fall victim to complacency.
Burnham calls for transfer of powers from 'dysfunctional' Westminster
The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has called for further devolution of powers to local government in a week of political turmoil in Westminster.
Pressure piled on children's secretary over funding
Councils have increased pressure on children and families secretary Nadhim Zahawi to secure more funding from the Government’s spending review.
Social care projects to explore biometrics and exoskeletons
Projects exploring how exoskeletons and biometrics could be used in social care have been announced.
Ofsted chief warns councils of county lines complacency
Some councils are underestimating the extent of the threat posed by county lines operations to children, the head of a watchdog has warned.
Hancock praises over-40s tax
A tax increase for the over-40s could be introduced to bridge the adult social care spending gap after the health secretary praised the idea.
Reeves: ‘Don’t waste care bids’
Coventry City Council’s chief executive Martin Reeves has pleaded for the sector not to waste the work put into the children’s social care innovation programme.
Cash for innovation programme after minister's praise
The children’s social care innovation programme will receive £100m over its life, the National Children and Adult Services Conference has been told.
Lamb roars against 'ridiculous' health and care divide
Lib Dem minister Norman Lamb has called for an end to the ‘ridiculous divide’ between health and social care.
LGA ponders child sexual exploitation response
The Local Government Association (LGA) could develop a peer challenge programme to specifically deal with the challenge of child sexual exploitation (CSE).
Wilshaw renews Birmingham City Council attack as he defends Ofsted
Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has renewed his attack on Birmingham City Council over its role in the Trojan Horse affair.