The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
Universal local services 'hardest hit' by cuts
Local government will soon spend just half of what central government pays out for public services, new research has revealed.
The benefits of place-based care and support
A fast-changing provider landscape is emerging in health and social care. Ewan King outlines what a place-based system should include and some of the challenges ahead.
Health and care integration must start with Whitehall departments
Tracie Evans argues integrated health and social care outcomes may be difficult to reach unless policy and funding is integrated at the government end.
Call for 'more sustainable' childcare approach
Ministers’ proposed childcare reforms risk repeating the mistakes of the social care market, with providers potentially unable to afford to deliver services, a think-tank has warned.
Shaping social care markets
Whatever the national funding and policy configuration, commissioners and providers need to reinvent their relationship, write Frank Curran and Catherine Taylor.
A turbulent time for talent
Is local government approaching a deficit of leadership? Sam Clayden analyses the results of a new survey of council chief executives, conducted by Penna for The MJ’s Future Forum.
App for real-life recruitment
Buckinghamshire CC is the first authority in the country to use a computer simulation in the recruitment process for social workers. David Johnston explains.
Tri-borough: the sharing model can still succeed
Liz Bruce reflects on her time as a senior manager for the now collapsed tri-borough, but maintains sharing services is still the future for adult social care.
EXCLUSIVE: Child and adult care posts ‘hardest to fill’
Filling children and adult social care positions is causing upper-tier chief executives the biggest recruitment headache, according to an exclusive survey by Penna.
Scorn for Bourne’s £1bn
Government figures claiming councils can raise £1bn through the social care precept are massively inflated from the sector’s calculations, it has emerged.
Councils can’t be junior partners in STPs
Helen McKenna explains the vital role local government must play in health and care transformation plans.
Relationships between councils and the NHS are becoming ever closer but could joint working lead to difficult conflicts of interest for local authorities? Mike Waites reports.
Social care investment is a benefit, not a cost
Andrew Burns says local government will have to explain the positive impacts of investing in social care, rather than focusing on the costs of doing so.
In the same boat?
Dan Peters talks to key figures in the sector about the future for health and social care integration and whether the Government’s National 2020 target is feasible
Let’s get our voices heard
iMPOWER’s Jeremy Cooper says ‘solving’ the problem of delayed transfers is not as simple as merely throwing £1bn at it.
LGA vows to act over counties’ concerns
Local Government Association (LGA) chairman, Lord Porter, has promised to act on Conservative county concerns about the way upper-tier interests are represented.
Stark choices – higher taxes or fewer services?
It is time for an honest debate about what we want from our public services, says Heather Jameson.
Integration future called into question
The future of health and social care integration has been called into question after the NHS signalled a major shift towards an increasingly provider-driven system.
Johnson: Scotland could use debt as bargaining chip
Scotland could use its share of the national debt as a bargaining chip in the independence debate, according to the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.