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On the Party Conferences Radar

This briefing summarises policy announcements from the conferences from the three main Westminster parties and comments on the messages they reveal, particularly on how the parties see devolution and the role of local government after next May. It also gives some details on plans for health and social care and how the parties envisage the deficit being reduced if they form a majority administration.

The briefing should be of interest to officers and councillors in all kinds of authority and for partner organisations, and especially for those working in policy, health, social care and finance.

Barker Commission: A threat to social care?


Yesterday the Barker Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care was launched at the King’s Fund.  I can only commend the commissioners’ willingness to tackle some really tough issues. We know that care is in a perilous state. …

Lifting the lives of care workers


We’re looking at new ways to design care services. Innovation could be the key to the looming care crisis.

A skilled workforce for an ageing society


We’ve said it for so long, it’s beginning to get tiresome. We’re facing a crisis in care of monumental proportions. The system is creaking. We need more people to take on caring roles to meet the needs of an ageing …

Key facts on home care: An infographic


With rising needs, we need a lot more care workers, but the pay and conditions on offer aren’t great.  What can we do to ensure we have the care we deserve? There’s still time to contribute evidence to The Commission …

Viewpoint: How can we achieve the home care workforce that we all deserve?


Paul Burstow, MP is chairing the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce. A couple of weeks ago the diary of a home care workershone a light on highs and frankly far too many lows that care workers all around …

The Care Act 2014 – Royal Assent

The Care Bill received Royal Assent on 14 May and has now been passed into law as the Care Act 2014 (the Act).
The Act introduces major reforms to the legal framework for adult social care, to the funding system and to the duties of local authorities and rights of those in need of social care.
The potential impact on local authorities’ finances and on their working practices is enormous.
This briefing summarises and briefly comments on the main provisions of the Act.
It will be of interest to Lead Members for adult social care and children’s services, council Leaders, Chief Executives, Directors of Adult Social Care and Children’s Services and their teams.
A further LGIU briefing on the aspects of the Act concerning children and young people and the cross-over with the Children and Familities Act is forthcoming.

Diary of a home care worker, Part 5


Each day this week, as part of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce, we’re sharing the week in a life of a home care worker. This first hand account from a care worker in the North East of …

Diary of a home care worker: Part 1


An eloquent first hand account of life on the front line of care, part of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce

Viewpoint: Have care reforms helped the people who care?


James Cuthbert from the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce asks if reforms have helped those who do the care.