Ringing the changes

Social care is at a crossroads. An ageing population combined with cuts to funding presents an enormous challenge in delivering integrated health and social care that is fit for purpose. Of course, telecare isn’t new – indeed some 1.7 million people in the UK already use the service – but changes in technology mean that…

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Care and dementia

Beth Britton is a campaigner, consultant, writer and blogger specialising in issues affecting older people, health and social care and specifically dementia. For the past few years dementia has been a hot topic of conversation, leading to a focus on caring and supporting people with dementia that was certainly never as significant when my dad…

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Building opportunities

What role should local authorities play in meeting the housing needs of their local population? That’s the question that a government review, by housing experts Natalie Elphicke and Keith House, sort to answer in its report published early this year. As discussed in our Thought Leader article Unlocking the door, nowhere near enough houses are…

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Unlocking the door

Last year in the UK, 100,000 too few houses were built. Most housing experts agree that 220,000 to 250,000 new homes are needed each year in the UK to meet demand. In 2014, the figure was not quite 141,000. The problem isn’t new – for more than two decades the gap between supply and demand…

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Thought Leader Spring 2014 (Care)

Read a discussion of the key findings from the ‘Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce’, and find out what local authorities can do to stimulate, manage and shape the adult social care market following new duties placed on them by the Care Act 2014.

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Thought Leader Spring 2014 (Housing)

Discover how commissioners can get the most social value from their contracts, the benefits of bringing empty homes back into use for homeless households and how call centres are vital to customer satisfaction.

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Poll positions

Hands up who knows about the Social Value Act? Going by the reaction of the audience when we raised the topic at the Homes Event last month, the answer seems to be ‘too few’.

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Thought Leader Winter 2014 (Housing)

Discover how commissioners can get the most social value from their contracts, the benefits of bringing empty homes back into use for homeless households and how call centres are vital to customer satisfaction.

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Thought Leader Winter 2014 (Care)

Read a discussion of the key findings from the ‘Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the Future of the Home Care Workforce’, and find out what local authorities can do to stimulate, manage and shape the adult social care market following new duties placed on them by the Care Act 2014.

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Delivering social value

Hands up who knows about the Social Value Act? Going by the reaction of the audience when we raised the topic at the Homes Event last month, the answer seems to be ‘too few’.

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