Primary care

  • The road to stability

    23 December 2021

    Tris Dyson says it’s time for Government to lead on innovation, to bolster financial resilience and improve access to jobs – and councils are best-placed to connect services.

  • Boroughs in GP estate devolution call

    24 January 2020

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

  • Devolution is the key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan

    07 February 2019

    Now is the time for local government, combined authorities and mayors to work with the NHS, says Phil Hope - to go beyond the ambition in the long-term plan and build a fully devolved integrated community-based health and social care system.

  • There’s no clear solution to the social care conundrum

    21 September 2016

    Has the patchwork of devolution partnerships offered the solution adult social care desperately needs? Heather Jameson examines the case

  • A new target for inspections

    25 February 2016

    This month marks the start of multi-agency inspections of services to support vulnerable children and young people. Ofsted’s Eleanor Schooling explains how assessment will change and what councils need to know

  • Osborne announces health devo deal for London

    15 December 2015

    A radical devolution deal covering health and social care has been launched in London by chancellor George Osborne and health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

  • Making independence pay

    22 September 2015

    With the population living longer and social care becoming more expensive, it is in everyone’s interests to help elderly people maintain their independence, says Cllr Nick Daubney

  • The challenge of sustainable commissioning

    17 November 2014

    David McCullough, chief executive of the Royal Voluntary Service, says, despite the challenges, charities, local authorities and the most vulnerable in society all benefit from a focus on sustainability.

  • Why health inequalities matter

    03 April 2014

    Graeme Betts argues local government’s new public health powers will not make any difference unless a strategy for reducing inequalities in health and an effective programme for delivering it is put in place