Tag: Local Government Association

Welfare cuts will increase risk of homelessness, warn councils

Welfare cuts will increase risk of homelessness, warn councils

The removal of government funding for local welfare ‘safety net’ schemes in April will be an expensive mistake which could put thousands at greater risk of losing their homes and cost the public purse hundreds of millions of pounds, councils are warning.   New analysis by the Local Government Association shows that local welfare schemes […]

29th January 2015 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to National Audit office report on Better Care Fund

LGA responds to National Audit office report on Better Care Fund

Responding to the National Audit Office report ‘Planning for the Better Care Fund’ on the Better Care Fund, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “This report fails to recognise the significant work that councils and local health organisations have had to undertake to make sure that vulnerable people do […]

11th November 2014 | By | Reply More
£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

£4.3 Billion funding hole in adult social care by end of decade

Services for elderly and disabled residents are in danger of spiraling into crisis after new analysis reveals a £4.3 billion funding black hole by the end of this decade, social care experts are warning.   The Local Government Association (LGA) which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales and the Association of Directors […]

28th October 2014 | By | Reply More
LGA responds to CQC’s latest report on the state of health care in England

LGA responds to CQC’s latest report on the state of health care in England

Responding to the Care Quality Commission’s report on the state of health care and adult social care in England, an LGA spokesman said: “Councils work closely with local care providers to try to continuously improve services for people who rely on care and their carers. “We know that more still needs to be done. We […]

18th October 2014 | By | Reply More
LGA & NHS confederation respond to Barker Commission Report

LGA & NHS confederation respond to Barker Commission Report

Responding to the Barker Commission report proposing the reshaping of health and social care around need, a spokesman from the Local Government Association, said:   “This is a helpful and thoughtful report much of which echoes what local government has long been saying about the need for integrated health and social care and the urgent […]

4th September 2014 | By | Reply More
Supporting an ageing population requires joint work from  range of partners

Supporting an ageing population requires joint work from range of partners

Responding to Age UK’s report on ‘Housing in Later Life’, a Local Government Association spokesman said:   “Looking after older people is one of the most important jobs councils do and we are committed to ensuring our elderly residents have access to the right housing when they need it most.   “Supporting an ageing population […]

3rd September 2014 | By | Reply More
Latest surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

Latest surge in diabetes shows need to reinvest VAT on sugary drinks and fast food

Responding to latest Health and Social Care Information Centre statistics showing a significant increase in diabetes prescriptions, Cllr Jonathan McShane of the LGA’s Community Wellbeing Board, said: “The sheer numbers of people with diabetes shows the very real need to help more of the population improve their diets and lead healthy lifestyles. Diabetes has a […]

12th August 2014 | By | Reply More
LGA RESPONDS TO PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT ON ADULT SOCIAL CARE

LGA RESPONDS TO PUBLIC ACCOUNTS COMMITTEE REPORT ON ADULT SOCIAL CARE

Responding to the Public Accounts Committee report on adult social care in England, Cllr Katie Hall, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “This report is yet another stark warning to government that adult social care funding needs to be put on a sustainable footing or social care services will remain […]

9th July 2014 | By | Reply More
One of the biggest issues facing local public services is the integration of health and social care

One of the biggest issues facing local public services is the integration of health and social care

A programme which targets community-wide “wicked issues” such as reducing alcohol misuse has opened to a new range of applicants.   A second wave of applicants are being sought to take part in the Leadership Centre’s Systems Leadership – Local Vision project. Applications are welcome from across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Each of […]

4th July 2014 | By | Reply More
Council-run initiatives enable elderly to remain independent in their homes

Council-run initiatives enable elderly to remain independent in their homes

Older and vulnerable people in England are being given help to remain independent in their homes for longer through a range of council-run initiatives.   The Local Government Association (LGA) is highlighting the schemes, including handyperson services which provide eligible older or vulnerable residents with free or low-cost vetted staff to carry out home repairs […]

3rd July 2014 | By | Reply More
We need Government to commit more money to Better Care Fund

We need Government to commit more money to Better Care Fund

Responding to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service’s annual budget survey to be released today, Sir Merrick Cockell, Chair of the Local Government Association (LGA), said:   “This report helpfully outlines the scale of the issue facing social care. Our population is ageing and demand for adult social care services will only continue […]

2nd July 2014 | By | Reply More
Reduction in government funding and rise in demand for care services creates £5.8 billion shortfall

Reduction in government funding and rise in demand for care services creates £5.8 billion shortfall

Councils in England face a funding gap of £5.8 billion between March 2014 and the end of 2015/16, new Local Government Association analysis shows. Local authorities will need to make huge savings before next April, equivalent to 12.5 per cent of their total budgets. The LGA said the figures provide a stark warning that the […]

30th June 2014 | By | Reply More
Commitment required to avoid care system spiralling into deeper crisis

Commitment required to avoid care system spiralling into deeper crisis

A five-year commitment to transform health and social care funding is urgently needed to avoid the care system spiralling towards a deeper crisis, council leaders are warning today.   Local Government Association analysis reveals that councils will have to spend as much as 40 per cent of overall budgets on services that care for older […]

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