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Commentary on Dawn Baxendale’s mooting of social care moving into the NHS
Concern expressed that councils are preoccupied with coping with cuts and not planning ahead sufficiently for a more connected world
“Because of where the NHS sits in the national psyche, should it be one system? Should we be running social care at all?”
LGC commentary on developments at the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers summit
Jo Miller has railed against the “terrifying, inept, grossly unfair” impact of the government’s failure to plan ahead for sustainable public services, in her final conference address as Solace president.
“There are no strings attached.” That is the unambiguous response from the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to LGC’s natural scepticism that ministers really have had an epiphany about the importance of council housing.
Commentary on Theresa May’s pledge to abolish the cap on councils borrowing against housing revenue accounts.
Numerous questions need to be answered before councils can start to become major housebuilders once more.
Commentary on the Local Government Association rejecting calls for national recycling rules
When Labour hasn’t got any clear policy on Brexit (the most significant post-war UK political development, which happens on 29 March next year), it is unsurprising it has postponed a decision on its flagship local government reform.