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(Guest blog post by Age UK, first appeared at http://ageukblog.org.uk/2011/11/07/do-you-know-a-councillor-who-deserves-an-award/#more-1320.) Recent research for Age UK showed that more than half of people over the age of 60 say they have never had contact with their local councillor. Yet despite this lack …
This blog post looks at the areas of the Dilnot report that affect local government the most. It is based on a policy briefing available to all LGiU members
Councils are already bearing the ‘hidden’ costs of funding care as self-funders run out of money. Beyond the national level, what will the Dilnot report mean for local authorities?
Andrew Sparrow is covering the Dilnot report press conference over on the Politics Live blog. There has just been two really relevant questions (with interesting responses) about the active role local councils should be playing in signposting residents to the …
The Dilnot report hopes the capped amount people pay for care will allow the insurance market to expand to fund care home places. It’s hoped the cap will allow the insurance market to expand to fund care home places, pooling the risk among a wider group and reducing the numbers forced to sell their homes.
A better market for insurance to meet care costs is what LGiU argued for in our Independent Ageing report.
The all time most popular post on this blog was this one on the Conservative’s localism green paper where we summarised Conservative policies. The LGiU has welcomed the commitment to localism but we have been pushing hard for a wider …
I went along to the launch of a new report by UNISON on personalisation yesterday. The report, written by senior academics at Bristol University, argues that underfunding is leading to increased privatisation and plummeting standards. The report calls for a …
The Government published its Ageing Strategy yesterday. It has been due out for a while and we have been talking to DWP Ministers and officials about it, particularly around the recommendations of our Never Too Late for Living report on …