Virgin Care sues Surrey CC over ‘flawed’ deal
Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Care Services is suing Surrey CC over the procurement process of a children’s services contract.
Councils are braced for NHS cash raid
Local government is bracing itself for a NHS cash grab as it battles for influence over how to spend the extra £2bn for social care.
Adult social care market 'broken'
The adult social care market is ‘broken’ with services now bought at prices that are unsustainable, a damning report has warned.
Council approves £9m hospital loan
Senior councillors have approved a £9.2m loan to help Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Budget 2017: Hammond announces £2bn social care cash
Chancellor Philip Hammond has promised additional grant funding of £2bn over the next three years in an attempt to plug England’s social care budget gap.
Corridors of Power meets White Van Man
Chancellor Philip Hammond has a dream in which he finds he’s turned into White Van Man ...
Give our councils control over the health service
Control of the health service should be wrestled from the NHS and handed to local government to improve its running, a pair of academics has argued.
CCG deal may create conflicts
Council officers taking leadership roles in a pioneering partnership with a clinical commissioning group could be forced to back controversial decisions their own authority opposes.
STP fears as bosses ‘not confident’ about delivery
Fresh concerns about sustainability and transformation plans (STP) have been raised after a survey found senior council figures lacked the confidence they will deliver on social care.
Deputy promoted to chief at borough
Bill Cullen has been named chief executive of Hinckley & Bosworth BC.
Public service plans raise ‘significant’ concerns
A row has broken out between Lancashire CC and local NHS bodies after ‘significant concerns’ were raised about controversial public service transformation proposals.
PAC chair to address The MJ’s spring forum
The chair of the powerful Commons Public Accounts Committee is a keynote speaker at The MJ Future Forum which takes place in Hertfordshire next month.
Javid ignores calls for more council funding
Whitehall has ignored local government’s calls for new council funding in 2017/18, leaving senior sector figures ‘hugely disappointed’.
Council cuts could scupper transformation
Whitehall’s failure to fund local government could scupper ‘ambitious’ NHS plans to transform health and care, according to a new report by The King’s Fund.
Social care system in 'imminent' danger
One in eight older people are failing to get the care they need, demonstrating the ‘imminent’ danger the social care system is in, a charity has warned today.
DCLG accused of abdicating responsibility over council cuts
National Audit Office boss Sir Amyas Morse has accused central government of an ‘out of sight, out of mind culture’ in imposing council cuts.
Think-tank lures MacDonald from Malaysia
The think-tank Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has appointed Stuart MacDonald as its new associate director.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the world is currently sliding towards a reality which bares an uncanny resemblance to the Terminator films.
NAO warns ‘2020 deadline for integrated care at risk’
The Government’s aim of fully integrated health and social care by 2020 is at ‘significant risk,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
Directors call for £1bn emergency funding
Councils could fail to meet to meet their statutory duties without ‘emergency’ government funding of £1bn, adult social care directors have warned.