Local Authorities

Is Payment by Results Making Things Worse?

Dan Corry | Posted 29.07.2015 | UK
Dan Corry

The way the public sector procures what it wants has been changing in recent times, and this looks set to continue. And this will affect organisations across the board, from charities to local authority commissioners.

Local Authorities Need a Joined-Up Approach to Better Support Young Carers

Javed Khan | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Last week was National Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the great work of carers that also highlights the very real challenges these people face on a daily basis.

A Truly Open General Election? Not Quite

Jeni Tennison | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Jeni Tennison

The UK is in the top spot on the Web Foundation's Open Data Barometer, but how transparent are our elections? It turns out, not very.

Child Neglect Can Be Stopped in Its Tracks: The Right Information Will Help Reach Children Early

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Children who may be suffering or who are at greater risk of neglect, but whose circumstances do not reach an authority's threshold to receive social care support, are less likely to get the help that they need. Instead, their situations can be allowed to deteriorate to become even more desperate or dangerous. It is a tragedy that due to a lack of gathering the right information, children whose lives could be improved are needlessly put at further risk. Child neglect can be stopped in its tracks.

The Need for a Revolution in Local Authority Commissioning

Andy Winter | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Winter

Local authorities are facing an unprecedented squeeze on their finances. The 'Graph of Doom' that illustrates how councils will have no money to spend by 2020 have become familiar. Local government, as we know it, cannot survive in its current form.

Summertime Sadness For UK parents

Ellen Broomé | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ellen Broomé

The summer holidays are meant to be idyllic days spent with family having ice cream on sunny beaches. Unfortunately, for many parents the long summer holidays are a source of worry and stress. As schools break up, this is the last week that many parents will know what to do for childcare.

Things Can Only Get Better?

Stephen Evans | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK Politics
Stephen Evans

The General Election is just 10 months away. But the focus of its debate is a generational challenge to share the benefits of growth, in an environment of ongoing reductions in public spending. The good news is that the current squeeze in living standards is not inevitable and there are choices we make to reach a different outcome.

Is 'No S**t Sherlock!' Appropriate For Council Posters About Dog Poo?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

"No S**t Sherlock!", the new slogan for a local anti-dog mess poster campaign, has been causing a stir at council meetings and on social media. San...

Consistency and Quality of Information Needed By Children's Homes From Local Authorities

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Just days after Michael Gove's recent comments about local authorities and other agencies supporting children's homes new research shows that the consistency and quality of information given by councils to children's homes providers needs urgent improvement.

Residential Child Care Providers' Response to Secretary of State

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Children's homes providers, Local Authorities and Government are united in the aim that the right placement is made at the right time for the right child at the right cost. If are to match the Secretary of State's ambitions we need to be bold and address all the issues we face reforming not only children's homes but Children's Services more widely.

How Can We Raise Standards in the Private Rented Sector?

Dr Jonathan Carr-West | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK
Dr Jonathan Carr-West

There is no one-size-fits-all model of engagement with the PRS. Rather, councils should be given the freedom and capacity to respond to the needs of their local area. We hope these recommendations will prompt further discussion and lead to new conversations with the sector.

Break Down the Barriers Blocking Disadvantages Families' Access to Children's Centres

Matthew Reed | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

The early years of every child's life are crucial to their development. That is why The Children's Society runs a network of children's centres across the country which provide support to families with children up to five years old.

Spending Review: Investing in Museums Makes Economic Sense

Stephen Deuchar | Posted 27.08.2013 | UK
Stephen Deuchar

Museums are a UK success story. Half the population visit them annually - they're even more popular than football matches. Museums contribute hugely to jobs and the visitor economy, as well as providing education and pleasure: eight of the top 10 visitor attractions are museums.

Assessing Risk of Child Abuse Is Not a Numbers Game

Jonathan Wheeler | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK
Jonathan Wheeler

Gove and his department must take a serious look at their policies to prevent such cases passing through the net.

Do You Need A phD To Understand Parking Signs? (POLL)

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK

Motoring organisations have criticised local authorities for using parking signs that "require a PhD to understand". Giving evidence about parking ...

All I Had Was a Problem and a Laptop, But I Won the Battle for My Son's Education

Stacy Stafford | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stacy Stafford

Aaron spent two happy years at the school and settled in well. He thrived in its challenging environment, made lots of new friends and formed bonds with his teachers. Then, in the middle of 2012, the Council told me that they wanted to take Aaron out of his school.

Ministerial Proposals Are Good News for Children Missing From Care

Matthew Reed | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Matthew Reed

Going missing is a critical warning sign that something is wrong in a child's life. Yet evidence revealed that professionals are often slow to respond. This is exacerbated by professionals too often viewing children as the problem - routinely dismissing them as 'troublesome' or 'streetwise'.

Councils Defy Pickles To Put Up Tax

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Councils are in revolt over government attempts to force them to freeze council tax, a survey shows. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has offered...

Honesty and Practical Politics

Mags Waterhouse | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Politics
Mags Waterhouse

Being honest about the limits that face us but having a clear set of priorities shaping our actions allows for a more honest, more human and more humane politics to be shaped.

Is It Only Jam Tomorrow for Disabled People?

Clare Pelham | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

The shocking truth is that at this moment, nearly 70,000 disabled people in this country do not receive care that meets their basic needs, such as washing or dressing, or eating a hot meal every day.

How Long From Bed to Front Door?

Clare Pelham | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Clare Pelham

Ask your friends and colleagues how long it takes them every morning from the unwelcome alarm to the clunk of the front door closing behind them? The answers can illuminate their world view in an intriguing way.

When the Bough Breaks...

Phil Shanks | Posted 20.01.2013 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

The range of needs met through supported housing is indeed diverse and the challenges vary across the country. Leaving the task of allocating resources to local authorities makes sense.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

Time for Local Community Leaders to Collaborate and Put Place First

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In 2013 and over the next few years, I predict that many places will regret the abolition of their LSPs and other places will be creating new local partnership and collaborative arrangements. What they are called is of little matter but what they can achieve can be very significant and relevant to local communities, businesses and citizens. And surely that is the whole point?

Councils Abusing Anti-Terror Laws To Catch.. Dog Owners And Smokers?

PA | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Politics

Powers designed to combat terrorism and serious crime have been used to catch dog owners whose pets fouled the streets and to investigate breaches of ...