Jonathan Carr-West speaks to BBC Gloucestershire about the role of the council in tackling benefit fraud. From 1 hour 9 mins in.
LGIU response to the Chancellor’s Budget
LGIU Statement: Our response to the May 2021 polls delivery plan
LGIU Statement: Government must hand power down to level up
Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, explains the human cost behind a failure to provide adequate support to self-funders of adult social care.
Chris Horlick, Managing Director – Care of Partnership, discusses in the MJ why it is so important to consider the impact of care costs on council budgets and recognise the pressures that local authorities are under.
The Guardian Local Leaders Network: Funding reductions due to government miscalculations: expert views
Councils could lose out on £95m of funding next year after the government underestimated how much financial protection local authorities need against fluctuations in business rates income. Jonathan Carr-West explains why this shows a fundamental dysfunctionality in the relationship between local and central government.
Laurie Thraves, LGiU Policy Manager, discusses the lack of local government support for self-funders of adult social care.
New research published by localist think tank LGiU shows that self-funders of adult social care present a significant financial challenge for local government, threatening the entire structure of the social care system. 57 per cent of individuals fund in full or in part their residential and nursing care, but a substantial number are falling back…
Self-funders make up a huge proportion of the social care system, yet little attention is paid to making sure they get the access they are entitled to. Everyone, including local government, stands to lose
Directors of adult social services are well aware of the additional pressures facing their budgets by an increasing number of people who, having funded their own care for many years, are increasingly turning to social services departments for help. The situation was raised in an LGIU report published today.
A survey of 23 local authorities by insurer Partnership and thinktank LGIU revealed that 53 per cent did not refer individuals for advice after an assessment, with only 17 per cent referring individuals for advice before an assesment.
The Local Government Information Unit today launched its ‘Independent Ageing 2013’ Report which suggests that without effective support for the 57% of older people who fund all or part of their own care the entire structure of social care is at risk.