Andrew Cozens is an independent health and social care specialist. He was previously stategic lead for adult social care and health at the Local Government Association.
Shock news: there is new money flowing around the care sector.
A guest briefing from Andrew Cozens, independent social care and health specialist
The absence of any robust coordinating mechanisms makes planning for exit difficult
Should the Care Quality Commission inspect the commissioning of social care by councils?
A guest briefing from independent social care and health specialist Andrew Cozens
As false dawns for social care go, the latest must be the most disappointing in years.
The wrestling for control of the better care fund continued this month with the Local Government Association disassociating itself from the guidance on how it should be managed.
So the Conservative manifesto has largely binned the leftovers from the social care reform dish prepared by Sir Andrew Dilnot in 2011.
The chancellor has not fixed the social care crisis with his announcement of £1bn now and half of that over the following two years.
How will the NHS and social care issues play out in the local elections for councils and mayors in May?