• EXCLUSIVE: Councils should consider pressures index similar to NHS

    11 January 2022

    Local government should look at introducing a pressures index similar to the NHS to measure the risks to the critical services it provides, council chiefs have suggested.

  • No holiday for Solihull’s council COVID ‘army’

    07 January 2022

    As the Omicron variant started to take hold over the holidays, Solihull MBC mobilised its multi-disciplinary COVID ‘army’ to monitor and react to a fast-moving situation, says Ruth Tennant.

  • Stop and think again – does the Health and Social Care Bill address the issues? 

    21 December 2021

    Chris J Perry looks at whether the Government should place the cash it intends putting into Health and Social Care into pensions instead, while undertaking widespread organisational changes.

  • The problems with the finance settlement

    17 December 2021

    Ian Miller examines the risks and uncertainties for districts in the provisional settlement, and lists the uncomfortable topics he says ‘cannot be avoided for much longer’.

  • Scottish ministers defend Budget impact on councils

    10 December 2021

    Scottish Government ministers have defended the impact of country’s Budget on councils amid warnings town halls face soaring costs.

  • Buying  benefits for communities

    07 December 2021

    Associate director of CLES Tom Lloyd Goodwin looks at how the quest for social value is being approached through making the most of opportunities within local 'anchor institutions'.

  • Preparation is key

    06 December 2021

    Cllr Carl Jackson outlines how Buckinghamshire Council is attempting to tackle the latest COVID-19 challenge to hit the area.

  • Osborne urges ministers to 'double' devolution efforts

    30 November 2021

    Former chancellor George Osborne has urged ministers to ‘double’ efforts to drive forward devolution and local taxation.

  • County deals: nothing new under the sun

    29 November 2021

    As we move towards county-wide deals, we need to ensure that they are built on true collaboration with equal representation across the tiers, argues Trevor Holden.

  • Social care reform plans fall 'woefully short'

    25 November 2021

    The Government has ‘fallen woefully short of the mark’ with its proposals for social care reform, according to shadow minister for social care Liz Kendall.

  • Javid aims for 'integration by default'

    25 November 2021

    Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has said he wants to push through integration reforms to ‘stop people from bouncing around the system’.

  • A golden opportunity for the sector

    24 November 2021

    Nicola Chiverton says local government is currently enjoying a renewed, positive profile. So now is the time to harness this appreciation and ‘sell’ the personal – and potentially world-changing – benefits of starting a career in the sector.

  • Spinning plates to balance budgets

    24 November 2021

    How do we reduce budgets that have been baked into service provision forever to pay for a step change in direction, asks Tracie Langley.

  • Social care reforms ring alarm bells for council finances

    24 November 2021

    Michael Burton says the Government's decision to rush through last-minute changes watering down the cap on social care costs for poorer householders rather than letting them be properly debated will cause long term damage politically and financially.

  • Supporting our homes, people, and communities this winter

    22 November 2021

    By offering to develop streamlined hospital discharge pathways with commissioners, HC-One is improving outcomes for those admitted to its homes, says Jake Rollins.

  • A bold local route to better mental health

    17 November 2021

    Local Living Well sites put people with complex mental health needs in control of their support and encourages them to set their own recovery goals. The programme is proud of its success, says Tally Daphu.

  • Care England warning over vaccine mandate

    15 November 2021

    Care England has warned councils to expect a ‘big impact’ from the Government’s decision to demand all care home staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Breaking down the walls

    02 November 2021

    Children need their communities, but communities need their youngsters too. And, as Chloë Darlington explains, councils are leaving one of their greatest strengths untapped.

  • The good, the bad and the ugly

    02 November 2021

    If the Government is to hit its goals on integration, prevention and health inequality it needs to fund the NHS, social care and public health properly. But the Spending Review was a mixed picture, says Rob Whiteman.

  • It looks likely that councils will continue to live on the thin gruel

    02 November 2021

    Councils are expected to be allowed to increase bills by 2.8% per year, says Ben Page. 'The bad news is that all this means the now familiar tale of cuts to council services looks likely again unless more cash is forthcoming'