The road to stability
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
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
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
Has the patchwork of devolution partnerships offered the solution adult social care desperately needs? Heather Jameson examines the case
A new target for inspections
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
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
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
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
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