The MJ Future Forum 2015

The MJ Future Forum 2015

The MJ Future Forum - our annual 24-hour seminar on the impact of the Budget and the state of local government finances - is taking place now. Keep up to date with what is happening here and on twitter with the hashtag #mjforum15


MJ Forum 15: Kerslake - We can't repeat cuts that went before

MJ Forum 15: Kerslake - We can't repeat cuts that went before

Implementing the same level of cuts to local government in the next five years as seen in the last Parliament would be ‘utterly wrong’, Lord Kerslake has warned.

Town halls ‘need their own OBR’

Local government needs its own version of the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) now the Audit Commission has been scrapped, former acting chair of the watchdog, Sir Michael Lyons, has claimed.

SOLACE: Government DIP hit 'chaotic and costly'

Government measures issued this week aimed at making it easier to dismiss council chief executives will increase costs and cause chaos, council chiefs have warned.

MJ Forum 15: £500m funding boost to unlock property assets

Up to £500m is being made available to help the public sector unlock the value of property assets, it was announced at The MJ's Future Forum.

MJ Future Forum 15: Bichard: NAO will become more important

The chair of the National Audit Office (NAO) has predicted the organisation will become increasingly important to local government chiefs.

MJ Future Forum 15: Consultants must be won over to make integration work

Senior health professionals must be persuaded to support the health and social care integration agenda, or attempts at transformation will fail, delegates at The MJ’s Future Forum event were told

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That’s not the way to do it

MJ Forum 15: Kerslake - We can't repeat cuts that went before

Last week’s Budget contained too much pre-election Punch and Judy knockabout and too little long-term consideration of how best to meet long-term public finance challenges, laments Rob Whiteman.

A good record to build on

The Government can be proud of its track record and Bob Neill argues that we should allow it and local government to finish the job they started

Budget tax on pensions may mean career rethinking

Thank goodness, not just for the Institute for Fiscal Studies, but for the Office for Budget Responsibility to which I turned to discover the real state of the nation, rather than the long-winded political party manifesto that is now the Budget.

Plugging the watchdog gap

One of the first acts of the new secretary of state, Eric Pickles, when he came into post in 2010, was to scrap the Audit Commission’s inspection role.

It’s time to regulate the regulator

Cllr David Simmonds calls for a full independent review of Ofsted.

Budget sins of omission

Chancellor George Osborne’s pre-election Budget shied away from confronting the issue of fiscal devolution which urban centres require to drive sustainable long-term growth, argues Andrew Carter

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Best Practice

Building a compelling alternative for the public sector

Building a compelling alternative for the public sector

Surrey CC and East Sussex CC on their partnership covering human resources, IT, property and finance - business services that currently account for a combined direct annual budget of more than £60m.


Putting care at the top of the agenda

Putting care at the top of the agenda

Dan Peters travels across south London with local government minister, Kris Hopkins, as he gains an insight into a project being run as part of the Better Care Fund and another, financed by the Transformation Challenge Award.

Private sector

Councils get £9m boost from shelved superstore

Somerset CC and Sedgemoor DC have received almost £9m from supermarket giant, Tesco, after the company shelved plans to build a superstore in Bridgwater.

Authority joins forces with FM group

Plans to create a new joint venture between the Norse Group and Middlesbrough Council have taken a step forward after councillors voted to start work on a business case.

Serco publishes profit losses

The boss of Serco has admitted 2014 was an ‘extremely difficult year’ after profits at the outsourcing group collapsed.