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.
Nearly a quarter of Scottish councils warn of effective bankruptcy, as every single council plans spending cuts to services, affecting millions of residents
LGIU response: Commons LUHC Committee report on financial distress in local authorities
LGIU Response: Provisional 2024/25 Local Government Finance Settlement
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.
Authorities must provide access to earlier financial advice for self-funders to prevent hardship for them and reduce risks of them falling back on local authority funding, says think-tank report.
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 (‘self funders’) the entire structure of social care is at risk.
Laura Wilkes from the Local Government Information Unit said this was “great news” for local government. She said: “We have seen real results from the pilots and now is the time for councils to get on and push forward with this way of working to support communities to take more local control.”
Laura Wilkes, policy manager for the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU), has said today’s announcement of a £4.3m funding boost for bottom-up, grassroots community initiatives could fail unless councils gain greater freedoms to innovate and reinvest savings in preventative services. (£ subscriber access only)
Jonathan Carr-West argues that long term changes to our society, economy and environment require us to think radically about what local services look like.
Tottenham & Wood Green Journal: War of words as Lynne Featherstone and Catherine West prepare for General Election clash
Cllr West, who lives just off Hornsey Lane, Highgate, and was voted the best council leader in the country by the Local Government Information Unit earlier this year, has thrown down the gauntlet and wasted no time in criticising her rival.
Guardian Local Leaders Network: The 2013 spending review lacks the initiative to localise public spending
Once again local government is asked to take the biggest cuts in the spending review announced by the chancellor, writes Jonathan Carr-West.
Facing a further 10% cut, councils need radical autonomy on how they spend and raise money. Today’s Spending Review did not deliver that, says Jonathan Carr-West.