Essential reading: Health and social care

Adult social care is an extensive and complex function of local government and is among the biggest calls on council budgets. Demand is growing and the pandemic threw the perilous state of these services into even sharper relief. Councillors are often approached by people in their wards, individually or in local forums, for help over social care issues. You will need to develop a good understanding of how it operates and establish effective communication with the adult social care management team in your council.

We have picked out a few items from our huge library of local government content that we hope will provide you with inspiration, ideas or just food for thought and make you want to delve deeper into the LGIU’s local government resources.

This page is part of LGIU’s resources for new councillors.

Primer: Adult social care

This publication covers some of the main issues in adult social care, particularly topics that may be raised by local people seeking advice from their councillor. It also identifies sources of more detailed national information. Read this longread.

Review of Adult Social Care in Scotland

This policy briefing provides a useful overview of a recent detailed independent report into the state of Scottish adult social care provision. Read this briefing.

Bundle: Public health

This is a round up of LGIU content taking a wide ranging look at public health issues. There is a particular focus on health inequality and its exacerbation by the pandemic. Go to this bundle.

Health, public health and social care round-up

Social care and health services have a huge impact on quality of life and are inextricably linked to so many other areas of local government provision. LGIU produces a monthly roundup summarising new policy, research and publications that are relevant to elected members and officers. Read the latest roundup.

LGIU health and social care resources

You can browse the full health and social care catalogue on our topic page. Go to the topic page.

Keep up to date on health and social care with LGIU

Sign up to our website and we will keep you up to date whenever we publish something on a topic you are interested in. Create your website account, it’s free and easy to do, when you get to the ‘My interests’ page select ‘health and social’ and any other topics you want.

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LGIU was founded in the UK in 1983. Now as  LGIU England & Wales, LGIU Scotland, LGIU Ireland and LGIU Australia, we work for and with local authorities around the world, helping them to serve their local communities more effectively. We provide our members with the mix of insight, ideas and innovation that they need to get the job done and plan for the future. Put simply, we are here supporting local government every day. Find out more about LGIU membership or register for free on our website.