Information and advice on elderly care improves but some way to go

Older people's charity Independent Age has been collaborating with Socitm’s Better Connected programme on two recent surveys on local authorities' presentation of social care services online. Head of Policy and Campaigns Andrew Kaye discusses the results, published May 16th....Read more

Midland Metropolitan medics to cycle and car-share to work

Birmingham’s new Midland Metropolitan hospital will discourage staff from driving alone to work through 50 parking spaces exclusively for car-sharers, a dedicated bus lane and space for at least 288 bicycles. ...Read more

New rules to raise housing standards present challenges and opportunities for HMO landlords and local authorities

England’s private rented sector comprises 4.4 million households around half a million of these are houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) including buildings split into separate bedsits and shared flats. In the first of three articles on local authority licensing, Idox’s James Carson looks at forthcoming changes to licensing regulations for houses in multiple occupation and the inevitable rise in the number of applications submitted to councils....Read more

Directories and portals to join up social care

Lancashire County Council and Sedgemoor District Council are working with the Local Government Association on a common data standard for local services, to enable directories for use by health and social care providers....Read more

Is "24-hour, fully-mobile, always-on, connectedness" as bad for our physical and mental health as it seems?

Julia Hobsbawm’s - Fully Connected. Surviving and thriving in an age of overload - has much to say that is provoking and ultimately useful to those charged with digital policy making and/or the delivery of local public services....Read more

35 driverless, electric, minibuses are "on the road" in nine countries

Autonomous public transport has implications for health and social care, environment, rubbish and recycling, work & employment, crime & anti-social behaviour, local and wider public transport networks, entertainment and the night economy. ...Read more

Licensing late night cities: a balancing act for local councils

How do services become transformed into digital services and what is the role of service management in digital transformation?

Councils should make more use of pilots and trials to test innovative policy ideas