An intermediate solution
With demands increasing on hospitals and care services, good intermediate care has never been more important, writes Ewan King.
The road ahead for managing social care
Sean Nolan looks at the conflicts ahead for the social care green paper and outlines some of the key approaches CIPFA will be investigating.
'Too much poor care' says social care watchdog
Four in ten care homes inspected this year are not good enough, according to the latest analysis.
Councils win legal battle with health boards
Health boards in Wales ‘misinterpreted’ the law over who is responsible for paying for nurses to deliver social care in residential homes, a court has ruled.
West Suffolk is going Dutch
Tony Goldson explains how a highly successful Dutch care model – Buurtzorg – could revolutionise the British system.
Creating a care system that benefits the majority
It’s no secret our population is increasingly ageing and funding can’t keep up, leaving our underfunded social care system in a state of crisis. Tony Pilkington offers ideas on how the sector must embrace new roles and responsibilities, connecting pe
Griffin replaces retiring Rickards
Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.
Union slams suspension of backdated social care ‘sleep-in’ staff payments
Whitehall action to prop-up social care providers has been criticised by local government’s largest trade union.
Establish long-term sustainability plan, Scottish government told
Councils in Scotland do not have the funding needed for health and social care integration, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned.
Good health starts at the district level
John Fuller reveals plans to open a conversation with government and the NHS about ‘prevention precept’ that recognises districts' role in reducing demand in the care system.
Government acts after sleep-in back pay ruling
The Government has responded after a tribunal ruling granted sleep-in support workers up to six years of back pay.
DoLS delays lead to calls for reforms
Fresh calls have been made for urgent reforms to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system after people were found waiting for proper assessments for years.
Pressure mounts on 1% pay cap
Local government employers are contemplating a two-year pay offer as they battle to keep rises affordable, The MJ understands.
Dispute over child abuse compensation
Lambeth LBC is at loggerheads with a group of child abuse survivors over its proposed victims’ compensation scheme.
Whitehall told social care must become 24/7 sector
Social care services need to become ‘more flexible’ to ensure an ‘effective and integrated urgent and emergency care system,’ the Department of Health has been told.
Putting people first
Both national and local government must seize opportunities to build new partnerships that tackle social challenges in a way that works for everyone by putting people first, writes Steve Reed.
‘Unacceptable’ changes sees LGA withdraw support for guidance
The Local Government Association (LGA) has withdrawn its support from the Better Care Fund (BCF) planning requirements – the latest indication of deteriorating relations between the two sectors.
Anger at U-turn over control of social care cash
Council chiefs have pushed back at ministers’ last-minute decision to exert control over how the £2bn cash boost for social care should be spent.
Spielman heralds new relationship with ADCS
Ofsted’s chief inspector has said she wants to ‘strengthen the relationship’ between her organisation and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).
Gwynne: Stop talking down councils and councillors
Local authorities need to be given back decision-making powers, the shadow communities secretary has said.