Councils face £2bn gap to support vulnerable children, LGA highlights

New analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) has highlighted a £2 billion funding gap is expected to open by 2020 as pressures facing children’s services are rapidly becoming unsustainable.

Only a third of councils understand ACS process

Research by Localis has indicated that only a third of council members have a clear understanding of how an accountable care system (ACS) works, prompting concerns over the future integration between health and social care as part of an ACS.

Belfast Council launches £1m ‘Build a Better Future’ fund

Councillor Mary Ellen Campbell, deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, joined three leading local charities at the launch of a £1 million fund for community based groups.

Charity sector hit by tightening council budgets

Data from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has revealed that local government cuts have hit charities with research showing the charitable sector can expect to see ‘little rise’ in government income.

Judge calls to end separation of elderly couples

Speaking at the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (Adass) conference, Sir James Mundy, president of the family division of the High Court, has criticised the separation of elderly couples when one or both are moved into care homes as ‘inhumane’.

Greater Manchester considers plan for clean air zones

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is considering implementing a zone in the city centre which could see drivers of highly polluting vehicles charged a fee.

Councils failing to protect countryside, CPRE warns

The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has warned that councils are failing to apply planning guidance that is designed to protect countryside growth plans.

West Suffolk councils to create single authority

West Suffolk councillors are considering plans to create a new single council to meet future challenges and better drive prosperity in the region.

Local government employees consulted over pay

Local government branches in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are being consulted over the pay claim for the next pay round.

 Smoking should be banned in new council homes, FPH proposes

Prof John Middleton, president of the Faculty of Public Health, has advised that smoking should be banned in some new council homes to protect the health of children.

Mayor donates 15 per cent of salary to homelessness

As his first act as the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham has donated 15 per cent of his salary to kick start the Homelessness fund.

 Corby Council to cut apprentices’ pay

Corby Borough Council is planning to cut the wages paid to apprentices so they are no longer earning the same as their instructors.

Suffolk Council to deliver £35,000 social prescribing pilot

Suffolk Coastal District Council has received £35,000 in funding to help deliver an innovative health project in Leiston, to help give people with long term health conditions non-medical support from the local community.

Metro mayors must support devolution agenda, think tanks says

IPPR North has called on the six elected Metro Mayors and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to unite to call for sweeping new powers over education, health and employment, with strong local checks-and-balances.

10 per cent of councils cut adult social care by a quarter

A new report by researchers at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) which analyses official spending data on councils’ social care spending has found one-in-ten authorities made cuts of more than a quarter.

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