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Six things the social care green paper must address

January 4, 2018 by Ingrid Koehler

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…


Falling short on social care reform? The manifesto pledges

May 26, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

We’ve all known for some time that radical changes are needed in the way that social care is funded and commissioned by local authorities and for those individuals who don’t qualify for state aid for their social care. The LGiU has produced a series of reports showing that social care,…


What is the future of local government services?

January 20, 2017 by Ingrid Koehler

Local government is facing unprecedented challenges. Our civic discourse seems to be in tumult, finances are dire, but people still rely on local public services for so much and this year our policy themes address each of these challenges. Councils have some tough choices ahead. New duties on homelessness and…


Improving care through failure

October 20, 2015 by Ingrid Koehler

The Japanese art of kintsugi turns brokenness into beauty. The method of repair, using golden seams to rejoin shards, draws the eye to the what was once a point of failure and is now a more beautiful whole.  Having spent the past several months deeply imbedded in the issues around…


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…


The importance of kindness

November 25, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

Kindness and the caring professions. Reflections on the soon to be published Key to Care report.



Diary of a home care worker, Part 5

May 16, 2014 by Ingrid Koehler

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 England highlights the issues of care quality and fair pay…


Diary of a home care worker, part 3

May 14, 2014 by LGiU

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 England highlights the issues of care quality and fair pay…


Children in care and adoption performance tables

November 2, 2011 by LGiU

The government has published new performance tables for every local authority in England on 15 key indicators relating to children in care (also known as looked after children, LAC) and adoption, which rank their performance against each indicator. They were released alongside other initiativesto coincide with the start of National Adoption…