• Better Care Fund stand-off continues

    27 July 2018

    The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.

  • Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund

    20 July 2018

    The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.

  • Brokenshire considering new devolution models

    10 July 2018

    James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

  • Forbes calls for new funding approach

    05 July 2018

    Senior vice-chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), Cllr Nick Forbes, has called for a ‘very different approach’ to the way councils are funded.

  • Green Paper 'must address cash shortfalls'

    03 July 2018

    MPs have urged ministers not to ignore ‘worrying’ declines in social care budgets as the UK prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the NHS.

  • Health and social care inequality 'holding back integration'

    02 July 2018

    Social care must be treated as an equal partner of the NHS if integration is to succeed, a report has found.

  • Hillier laments Whitehall cost shunting

    29 June 2018

    An influential MP has raised concerns about Whitehall cost shunting.

  • Let local government drive health care

    27 June 2018

    Back in 1954, secretary of state for health in the UK, Aneurin Bevan, examined reforming local government and the role it plays in the health of the nation in an article for The MJ

  • Making the break from centralism

    27 June 2018

    As the NHS hits its 70th birthday, Jon Rouse talks to Heather Jameson about the progress of the Manchester health devolution and whether Bevan’s vision for the NHS is being realised

  • Put health and care on an equal level

    27 June 2018

    There cannot be a sustainable NHS without a sustainable social care system, and the two co-dependent services need to given parity, as Aneurin Bevan recognised. Cllr Izzi Seccombe argues that the Government needs to address the crisis in social care funding by providing councils directly with extra cash to plug the gap.

  • Cash injection for the NHS

    27 June 2018

    Bob Neill celebrates the NHS budget rise of £20.5bn by 2023/24

  • Metaphors aplenty

    25 June 2018

    While the delays to the publication of the Government’s social care green paper disappointed the sector it did at least provide some entertaining metaphors from commentators.

  • Social care green paper delayed - again

    18 June 2018

    The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.

  • Rising social care costs spell doom for services

    13 June 2018

    Council spending on adult social care is squeezing cash out of other services, fresh analysis from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has shown.

  • Hospital admissions could have been avoided, say MPs

    08 June 2018

    Nearly 1.5 million emergency hospital admissions could have been avoided if the right care had been in place, MPs have warned today.

  • Minister urges councils to implement child protection information sharing

    06 June 2018

    Councils yet to sign up to a child protection information sharing system have been urged to do so.

  • NHS crisis for its 70th

    29 May 2018

    Two major reports this month said it would not be possible to maintain current levels of health and care service provision without passing the burden on to residents through increased taxes. Sam Clayden reports.

  • NHS funding review must have local focus

    22 May 2018

    In order to deliver a progressive, integrated health and care service that succeeds locally and nationally it is vital any central review addresses local government finance. Cllr Peter Box explains.

  • Social care at 'clear fork in the road'

    16 May 2018

    Social care in England is at a ‘clear fork in the road’ between retaining the current system or making it free like the NHS, according to a study from two major health think-tanks.

  • County considers closer collaboration with NHS

    14 May 2018

    Lancashire CC is considering closer collaboration with the NHS to avoid duplicating service provision and to cut costs.