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Viewpoint: Providing Care

Alan Long is the Executive Director of Mears Group and a member of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce — The care worker’s diary published this week is the uncomfortable truth facing many providers of home care.  I would love to say that such a situation would never occur in Mears, however…

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Diary of a home care worker, part 3

Each day this week, as part of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce, we’re sharing the week in a life of a home care worker. This first hand account from a care worker in the North East of England highlights the issues of care quality and fair pay and conditions that the Commission…

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Viewpoint: Have care reforms helped the people who care?

James Cuthbert is a member of the Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce and  a consultant working with councils on better commissioning of social care.  The Commission is chaired by Paul Burstow, MP and supported by LGiU and Mears. 

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Viewpoint: How local authorities can help combat loneliness

Cllr Shelagh Marshall is the Older People’s champion for North Yorks County Council. She chairs The Age Action Alliance,  Isolation and Loneliness Working Group. We hear from Shelagh about the important role local authorities can play in combating loneliness. Has your council got loneliness as a priority in its Health and Well Being Strategy?  Have councillors…

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The 2014 CfPS local government Annual Survey is now open for responses.

The Centre for Public Scrutiny’s annual survey takes a comprehensive look at the operation of overview and scrutiny in local government. Since 2004, CfPS has tracked some of the significant trends in the operation of the function in councils up and down the country. This is not just of academic interest – the information recorded has…

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Budget 2014: Comment from Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU

In response to today’s Budget, Dr Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive of LGiU, said: “A penny off a pint, fuel duty rises cancelled and bingo duty halved. As widely predicted, George Osborne’s fifth budget contained lots of popular measures. It was in many ways the definition of a pre-election budget: rewarding saving, reducing taxes for lower…

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Photos from the LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards Ceremony

The LGiU & CCLA C’llr Achievement Awards took place on Tuesday 25th February in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall. The evening provided a brilliant opportunity to celebrate the hard work of councillors across the country and we were joined by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt. Hon. Eric…

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Viewpoint: Payday lending – how can councils help?

The LGiU is working with Citizens’ Advice to help councils better understand how they can support those falling into debt through use of payday loans. We hear from Ashley Scarfield, Campaigns Officer at Citizens Advice, who tells us about the launch of their new series of blogs on how local authorities can tackle irresponsible lending.…

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