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Loneliness and social isolation in older people

February 22, 2016

Feelings of loneliness and social isolation are particularly acute for older people. How can councils combat loneliness? This briefing summarises recent research on this critical issue and considers the effects of loneliness on health and services. It also looks at the evidence for different interventions.


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Celebrating older people

October 1, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

Today is Older People’s Day in the UK and the UN International Day of Older Persons and this weekend it’s grandparents day.  I’ve spent the last year or so deep into social care policy. Frankly, it’s all been a bit doom and gloom. Key to Care focused on the grim…


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Update on the Care Act

August 13, 2015

Following local government representations the government decided to postpone implementation of some of the Care Act, notably the cap on contributions and the increase in the threshold. What are the implications and will the savings made by the delay be used as additional funding for social care?


Integrating health and social care: The Better Care Fund and its chances for success

January 13, 2014

The Integration Transformation Fund has been renamed the Better Care Fund and the final guidance, planning templates for local Better Care Plans and good practice tools have been issued, available variously on the websites of: ◾the LGA ◾NHS England. This policy briefing summarises and comments on the guidance, drawing on…


Progress in adult social care 2012-13

September 24, 2013

The second annual assessment of progress on priorities for adult social care found: - a reduction in the number of people receiving a council-funded service - a reduction in the numbers of reviews - service users' perceptions of quality of life and control over daily life increased slightly - self…


The Care Bill

May 16, 2013

The Care Bill builds on the draft Care and Support Bill published last year. All the major elements of the draft bill remain – wellbeing, prevention, carers’ rights, choice and personalisation. Most of the changes from the draft bill are around the detail, but nevertheless will involve some reconsideration by…


A Good Death: the role of the local authority in end of life care

December 7, 2012

This briefing outlines the findings of a new LGiU report, supported by Home Group. 'A Good Death: the role of the local authority in good end of life care' looks at the role of local authorities in end of life care provision and considers how councils can best develop their…



Final report of the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People

July 3, 2012

This briefing summarises and comments on the recently published final report of the Commission on Dignity in Care for Older people and its recommendations. The briefing will be of interest to health and social care commissioners, councillors with a health and/or social care remit, members of Health and Wellbeing Boards…


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