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Care minister Norman Lamb

Lamb proposes single department for health and social care Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015 8:09 am | By David Williams

Health minister calls for Department for Communities & Local Government to lose power over social care budgets

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Manchester deal criticised for lack of GP involvement Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015 7:13 am | By Judith Welikala

Greater Manchester’s £6bn devolution deal has been criticised for excluding GPs from consultation about the new arrangements

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LGC editor Nick Golding

We cannot afford to miss the opportunity provided by combined authorities

26-Feb-2015 | By Nick Golding

LGC’s research into how councils are grouping together in pursuit of devolution shows the level of ambition across the sector, writes LGC editor Nick Golding

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Tony Hunter, chief executive, Social Care Institute for Excellence, and former chief executive, North East Lincolnshire Council

Tony Hunter: Mental health is now part of your remit Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015 | By Tony Hunter

Responsibility for commissioning independent mental health advocates is now with local authorities

Health Service Journal columnist Michael White

Michael White: Ukip U-turns on NHS funding and hops on the consensus bus

26-Feb-2015 | By Michael White

Nigel Farage admits he no longer thinks the NHS’s funding basis needs to be replaced by insurance, as his party issues its much ignored health wish list

Health Service Journal editor Alastair McLellan

Avoiding injustice: why HSJ is not publishing the names of 'unfit' NHS directors Subscription Required

26-Feb-2015 | By Alastair McLellan

Health Service Journal’s Alastair McLellan: ‘The CQC investigation process and its timescales lack precision and clarity’

Fiona Johnstone, director of public health, Wirral MBC

The value of the public health grant extends beyond essential services Subscription Required

25-Feb-2015 | By Fiona Johnstone

Wirral’s Fiona Johnstone says the authority is focusing on balancing place-centred action alongside people-centred interventions

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Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

Darra Singh

Singh: £200bn devolution drive will turn around finance system

18-Feb-2015 | By Sarah Calkin

Independent commission on Local Government Finance sets out radical proposals

LGC news editor Sarah Calkin

'Only a place-based approach will secure long-term sustainability' Subscription Required

18-Feb-2015 | By Sarah Calkin

Independent Commission on Local Government Finance sets out radical vision

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Integration the only way forward for sustainable social care Subscription Required

18-Feb-2015 | By Sarah Calkin

Handing responsibility for social care to the NHS would “no doubt” lead to extra funding but would be a “retrograde step”, the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance has concluded.

Rob Whiteman, chief executive, Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy

Nudges in the right direction can stop the system falling over Subscription Required

18-Feb-2015 | By Rob Whiteman

Cipfa’s chief executive Rob Whiteman says governments rarely implement the results of their own commissions that tell them devolution is required

David Sparks, LGA chair

Devolution is a prerequisite for re-establishing links between people and politicians Subscription Required

18-Feb-2015 | By David Sparks

The LGA’s chair David Sparks (Lab) responds to the Independent Commission on Local Government Finance

Nathan Travis, deputy chief fire officer, Oxfordshire CC Fire & Rescue Service

Our fire and rescue prevention work is keeping people safe and saving money Subscription Required


Oxfordshire’s shift to prevention and joint working has saved 365 more lives and yielded a cost saving of £100m

John Blackledge, director for community and environmental services, Blackpool Council

Our 'mobile tip' collects 116 tonnes of extra waste per year Subscription Required


Blackpool’s innovative outreach service is collecting waste, raising recycling rates and providing employment opportunities


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The children’s services challenge

19-Feb-2015 | By Nic Paton

Nic Paton reports on an LGC roundtable on decision-making in children’s services

Matthew Lees, business manager, Newton Europe

Achieving outcomes through supporting practice in children's services

19-Feb-2015 | By Matthew Lees

Newton’s Matthew Lees says children’s social workers need support

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Latest Comment from LGC's Partners

Phil Ruston, Serco

Modelling the demand as well as the provision of services


Serco’s Phil Ruston on the need for a holistic approach to commissioning

Paul Bradbury, group business development director, Civica

Priorities for local government in 2015 – part two


Civica’s Paul Bradbury explains the importance of digital services

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LGC's integration channel in association with Capsticks

Capsticks partner Robert McGough

In-depth: Prime contractor models


Expert Robert McGough’s detailed paper

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Creating seamless services


Will Sopwith says public agencies must trust each other

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Health Service Journal's Crispin Dowler

It's a historic day for Manchester, but not a 'town hall takeover' Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015 | By Crispin Dowler

There is some way to go before we can say what exactly the Manchester devolution deal will look like, but there is greater clarity on what it is not, says HSJ’s Crispin Dowler

John Hooton, interim chief operating officer, Barnet LBC

The challenges of 2015 are nothing like those of 2010 Subscription Required

2-Mar-2015 | By John Hooton

The long-term future of sustainable budgets in Barnet will depend on our ability to capture returns from growth, says interim chief operating officer John Hooton

Mark Rogers, chief executive, Birmingham City Council

Mark Rogers: We are failing young people on careers support Subscription Required

27-Feb-2015 | By Mark Rogers

‘Every single young person needs access to top drawer, impartial, truly independently commissioned careers education, advice and guidance if our economy is to thrive’

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Councils battle unions over seats on pension boards Subscription Required


Unison says unions must have more say in new governance arrangements

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