Childhood obesity is a national problem and one which isn’t going away. Data published from the national child measurement programme (NCMP), in October showed the rate of severe obesity among year 6 children had increased by more than a third since 2006/7. In the borough of South Tyneside, levels are higher than the national average, with […]
The Care Quality Commission has just published its annual state of care report looking at the quality of health and social care and the issues facing these vital sectors. It’s widely acknowledged that both health and care are facing a fairly acute funding crisis, the CQC highlighted the good – that quality of care is […]
As Parliament grinds to a halt, we reflect on the situation in local government left by the vacuum of policy strategy on social care and funding, as well as the impact of a No Deal Brexit on councils. Plus we launch our #LocalGovReads campaign, asking what local government is reading over the summer, and some […]
LGiU’s Hannah Muirhead visited South Tyneside Council to sit in on a Dementia Friends training session for councillors and to learn about the measures the council is taking to become a dementia friendly local authority
We welcome this week’s publication of the Local Government Association’s Green Paper on Adult Social Care and wellbeing The Lives We Want to Lead. Someone had to do it. The Government’s promised green paper appears to have been kicked beyond the long grass and into dense thicket, and it’s beyond time local government took the […]
New research from UNISON seeks to draw out what council cuts mean to those who access services and the workers who are delivering them. Nona Buckley-Irvine explains.
Today marks the 70th Birthday of the NHS. As relative youngsters (the LGiU is about half your age) we congratulate you on the institutional longevity. As individuals, we are profoundly grateful for the free access to health care and to those clinicians who have helped us in our own times of need. I used my […]
Local authorities are going to have to publish revised Statements of Gambling Policy by January next year. Rob Burkitt of the Gambling Commission explains how these can help councils better protect their communities.
If you missed them why not catch up on our long reads: more indepth than a blog post but still a one-sitting read, we look at subjects from flooding to local taxation and a whole lot more in between.
It’s a New Year and our still sort of new government is still promising to address the social care crisis with a green paper that may be late and – if hope fails to triumph over experience – too little. It’s not hyberbole to say that the social care system is on the brink of […]