Empowerment of councils is key to improving the ‘entrenched’ problems in health and social care integration, a think tank has claimed.
Pensioners are receiving unacceptable levels of care from the NHS, with hospitals being given financial incentives for bed blocking, according to an independent report.
As we enter the febrile atmosphere of a general election year, it is perhaps fanciful to hope for non-stop reasoned debate over policy between now and May. But we at Localis are hopeful that the decentralisation of power away from Whitehall will at least continue to be a key issue in politics throughout the coming year, as it did in the last.
Some of Britain’s biggest cities are attempting to escape from government control, using widespread public interest in devolution to launch their own bid for freedom, following the referendum on Scottish independence and as part of a nationwide shake-up of local government.
Councils face a 6% cut in spending power next year once ring-fenced funds and pooled resources are excluded from the Local Government Finance Settlement, an analysis by CIPFA has found.
The number of local government employees has fallen by 33,000 since last year while NHS staff numbers are up by 20,000 over the same period, according to figures published today by the Office for National Statistics.
Government planning reforms should be amended to tackle anxieties about inappropriate and unsustainable development, a panel of MPs has urged.
Plans for the UKs first municipal bonds agency have been given the green light to enter the launch phase.
The Sheffield city region has won a devolution deal that includes greater powers over transport, skills and housing, without the imposition of a directly elected mayor.
Councils need tougher powers to crack down on the proliferation of betting shops, the LGA has said.