Social Care

  • Care Act easements end

    26 March 2021

    Emergency powers allowing councils to suspend Care Act requirements during the pandemic have been scrapped.


  • Sleep-in shifts legal battle ends

    19 March 2021

    A long-running legal challenge by care workers over pay worth £400m has been rejected by the Supreme Court.


  • Hancock's half hour to ease sector concerns

    11 March 2021

    Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has attempted to ease local government concerns about far-reaching NHS legislation plans.


  • Health and care White Paper sends 'wrong message'

    02 March 2021

    Further regulation and intervention will not improve social care, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.


  • MPs attack 'broken' council funding

    11 February 2021

    The Government has promised reform of the system of financing local authorities.


  • White Paper plans to radically reform the NHS

    11 February 2021

    Council leaders have warned that local government needs to be an equal partner in the design of any national oversight of social care as the Government publishes its White Paper plans to overhaul the NHS.


  • Government should invest wisely to harness ‘robot power’

    25 January 2021

    Steve Carefull examines how we can create the conditions for initiatives such as cobots to be scaled into the mainstream to mitigate the UK’s social care workforce challenge.


  • Pushing for real reform

    20 January 2021

    The pandemic was a game changer for the central/local government relationship, says Joanne Roney, who has started her two-year stint as president of Solace.


  • Give districts full freedoms on precepts

    18 January 2021

    Why not remove precepts entirely for all local authorities and leave increases to be determined at the (local) ballot box, says The MJ's new Money Matters' columnist Tracy Bingham.


  • PM wants councils to ‘lead the fight’ on vaccinations

    14 January 2021

    The Prime Minister has promised councils will receive data on the COVID-19 vaccination programme in their areas within days.


  • Our new beginning is here – let’s not make a meal of it

    13 January 2021

    There are some major hurdles ahead, says Heather Jameson. 'Government’s quick fixes – to raise council tax precepts and push councils towards commercialism – now cause more problems than they solve', she adds.


  • Scottish councils call for fair funding to avoid 'damaging consequences'

    12 January 2021

    Council leaders in Scotland have called for an end to small ring-fenced pots of funding and no cap on council tax in this year’s Budget.


  • Warning over integrated care plan

    11 January 2021

    Proposals to merge health bodies into larger regional integrated care systems (ICS) are ‘in danger of missing the real prize of collaborative place-based leadership,’ councils have warned.


  • Give local councils freedoms on workforce vaccination

    06 January 2021

    Councils need the freedoms and flexibilities to determine which parts of their workforce should be prioritised for vaccination, whether they fit the official ‘key worker’ definition or not, says Paul Najsarek.


  • Major incidents over COVID declared

    04 January 2021

    Major incidents have been declared for London, Essex, Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Milton Keynes and Oxfordshire amid fears the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases could overwhelm health services.


  • More a relay race than a marathon

    07 December 2020

    John Henderson describes how Staffordshire CC has mobilised its staff so far to match changing needs throughout COVID-19, and is ‘making choices about which aspects of what we’ve learned and changed we want to retain’.


  • Council taxpayers to ‘pay more and get less’

    03 December 2020

    Local authorities have been left in the unenviable position of raising taxes in an effort to balance their books following the Spending Review, Local Government Association members have said.


  • The devil is in the detail

    02 December 2020

    Tracie Langley says that while the additional Spending Review cash helps, ‘it doesn’t help the base budget position we were already managing’.


  • More cash, but not enough

    01 December 2020

    With its £5.5bn extra funding for local government next year the Spending Review may have delivered more than expected – though this won’t be enough to reverse the cuts since 2010. Heather Jameson reports.


  • Survey shows public trusts councils more than Government on COVID

    30 November 2020

    The findings of a new opinion poll show the public trusts councils more than Government on the response to COVID, says APSE.