The Community Wellbeing Board has responsibility for LGA activity on wellbeing, social care and health.
We support and work with councils to help their local people achieve the best possible outcomes across health and social care. We want to ensure that councils are the most improved part of the public sector, and local politicians and senior managers lead the transformation of local places.
To do this, councils need to receive sustainable and fair funding so they can be at the centre of delivering more effective services for local people. With such a broad and demanding agenda maintaining and strengthening our links with councils is a priority – both to support them in the challenges they face but also to ensure that their knowledge and expertise shapes the work we do nationally on their behalf.
The LGA has been working with the Department of Health since 2012. This work includes programmes centred on Health and Wellbeing Boards, social care commissioning and market development, delayed transfers of care, safeguarding, care and health integration and the Better Care Fund.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 promotes a person centred approach which promotes autonomy and for those who may lack mental capacity ensures that decisions made on their behalf are made in their best interests and with the least possible restriction of freedoms.
We are working with key national partners including ADASS, DH, NHSE and the Emergency Care Improvement Programme (ECIP) to develop a new approach to system resilience.
Safeguarding adults is everyone's business. The LGA works with a range of partners to provide information and resources that are designed to help local councils and their partners fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities to adults in their local areas.
The adult social care budget constitutes the biggest area of discretionary spend for councils and supports some of the most vulnerable people in society. Ensuring sustainable levels of funding is critical. LGA work on this is vital to the future of local government as a whole. It also sits alongside another major agenda; system reform.
This joint LGA / ADASS response addresses the consultation's three main questions but begins with wider commentary on the funding environment councils are operating in and the issue of ‘new demand'.
The announcement to delay the second phase of the Care Act is positive recognition by the Government of the LGA's warning that we cannot reform the way people pay for adult social care while the system itself is on such an unstable foundation.
On 13 February, the Department of Health (DH) wrote to each council Chief Executive setting out the final funding allocations for the commissioning of 0-5 children's public health services.
This Task and Finish Group, chaired by Cllr Izzi Seccombe, is overseeing a focused piece of work, addressing how local councils can take a pro-active approach to demographic change, going forward.
The LGA's key messages on the House of Commons debate regarding the future of adult social care: 21 January 2015.
The LGA provides a range of resources for portfolio holders to assist them to meet the challenges of their demanding role. Find out more about how we work with lead members for adult social care.
The LGA provides resources that provides short and long-term solutions to everyday difficulties that may be faced by councils, as well as examples of best practice within the profession and guidance from peers in the profession.
Building on the progress made under the previous challenge launched in 2012, the 2020 Challenge set out more than 50 specific commitments that together will make England the world-leader in dementia care, research and awareness by 2020
11 - 13 October 2017
Organised by ADASS, the LGA and ADCS, this conference is widely recognised as the most important annual event of its kind for councillors, directors, senior officers, policymakers and service managers with responsibilities for children's services, adult care and health in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.
Autumn Statement: No measures to fix social care - LGA responds
23 November 2016
LGA responds to NAO report on financial sustainability of the NHS
22 November 2016
LGA and the King's Fund (infographic)
These infographics from The King's Fund and the Local Government Association set out key facts about the public health system and the return on investment for some public health interventions. You are welcome to use them in your office, in documents or presentations but please credit The King's Fund and Local Government Association wherever you do this.