Clive Betts warns that with little clarity on how much extra money will be spent next year, there is the prospect of social care unravelling unless councils receive more money to fill the existing funding gaps.
September 24, 2021
Arts Council England will stand with local authorities that seize the chance to build a vibrant new reality for every place, born out of creativity, says Darren Henley
September 24, 2021
Finance directors now need a good grounding in adult social care if they are going to understand the implications on the budget, says Adele Taylor
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