Local authorities defended the pay packages and stressed that salary was only part of the total.
I'm a 23-year-old young person who enjoys an active and event-packed lifestyle. I've auditioned for X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and The Voice and it's not unheard of to see me zip wiring through the air or abseiling.
If any authors were going to make the case for local government as a crucial element in the democratic viability of our unitary
As summer ends, the news is of children's nurseries and older people's care homes facing closure. The reason is simple - state
If the Government is serious about looking after the most vulnerable children in society, it must urgently re-invest in local services that are proven to tackle the root causes of neglect and abuse - not just hope it can firefight the symptoms.
With the right political energy, the government could work with treatment agencies, their partners and people with lived experience of substance misuse to shape the new outcome measures it has announced. And furthermore, it could provide a mechanism for agreeing the secure, stable funding that will be necessary if local areas are to achieve those outcomes.
There are so many lessons to be learned from the horrific events at Grenfell Tower and we will be digesting them for some
In many ways the planning system has done a good job: trying to balance competing demands for scarce resources and mediating between economic forces and the views of local communities. And, over the years, it has proved remarkably resilient.
Connected, Collaborative Care: People Who Use Social Care Must Be At The Heart Of Our Digital Developments
Digital solutions are no substitute for face-to-face support, but their contribution must be considered when developing support services, not least because they offer an opportunity for disabled people to have more control over their lives.
The current crisis in social care in England (and let's be under no illusions, for 'crisis' is what it is) should come as no surprise. Demand and need for social care, especially but not exclusively, for elderly people, has been rising for many years, and is forecast to grow at accelerating rates for many more years. as it has for younger adults.