Future Forum North 2018

Future Forum North 2018

All the news from our Future Forum North event, which looked at the impact of the financial resilience, leadership, children's services, and much more.


Brexit debates delay provisional finance settlement

Brexit debates delay provisional finance settlement

Tomorrow’s provisional local government finance settlement has been delayed – just weeks after Whitehall agreed to bring it forward and fix a date.

Future Forum North: Sector ‘divided and ruled,’ claims Leeds chief

Leeds City Council's chief executive has issued a rallying cry for local government to come together to celebrate its achievements.

Future Forum North: End 'feudal' NHS structure to create place-based service

Work remains to reform the ‘feudal structure’ of the NHS before the full potential of health and care integration can be realised, The MJ's Future Forum North event has heard.

Future Forum North: Co-designed commissioning answer to outsourcing crisis

Co-designed commissioning is the answer to an era of heightened demand, budget reductions and supplier failures, council chiefs have been told.

Future Forum North: May's Brexit deal will leave UK worse off economically

It is undeniable that the UK will be worse off economically under prime minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal, the director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies think-tank has said.

Future Forum North: 'Government still doesn't think sector is efficient'

Whitehall remains unconvinced that local government is as efficient as it can be, Smith Square’s deputy chief executive, Sarah Pickup, has said.

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Be wary of good intentions

Brexit debates delay provisional finance settlement

New Year’s resolution: however nasty social media might get, don’t let’s lobby for even more powers for Facebook, Twitter or the Met Police to brand what is difficult as hate, argues Claire Fox

Pressing on with spending plans despite uncertainty

Newcastle City Council has just launched its medium-term plan for consultation, says Tony Kirkham. Waiting for stability seems even more risky, he adds.

An independent view of finances is crucial

With the final settlement, budget-setting and the Spending Review all on the horizon, an independent view of finances is crucial, according to Heather Jameson.

‘We can’t go on as we are’

Investing in strategies that reduce childhood poverty is an efficient economic policy as well as the right thing to do, says president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services Stuart Gallimore

More councils need to help drown out the voices of hatred

Many councils are leading the chorus which is starting to drown out the voices of hatred threatening local communities - but more need to join them, says Claire Kober.

Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies

Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.

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Best Practice

Co-production – the way forward for our youth

Co-production – the way forward for our youth

Kate Pieroudis outlines how the Social Care Institute for Excellence is developing a plan to make co-production more recognisable in services for children and young people – and to spread good practice


Redefining the rules about resettlement

Redefining the rules about resettlement

Andy Burnham threatened to pull Greater Manchester out of the asylum resettlement scheme - igniting the debate about refugee dispersal. But forcing councils to take on more families without more funding will make the problem worse, says the sector.

Private sector

In recruitment the art is more important that the science

Julie Towers advocates rigorous assessment and due diligence to test the suitability, experience and capability of candidates; but in her view it’s the ‘art’ that is more important.

Swansea to enlist private sector for tidal lagoon project

Swansea City Council is turning to the private sector in the hope of resurrecting a project for a tidal lagoon.

Helping take the risk out of ventures

The simple principles of planning, appraising and scrutinising investments in new ventures are easy to state and difficult to do, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Sean Hanson.