Budgets and efficiency
'Real cuts' warning after overspend
Rotherham MBC faces having to make ‘real cuts and reductions in service provision’ after recording a £9.6m overspend in 2018/19.
Caring is sharing in the South West
Mel Lock explains how a network of assistant directors of adult social care, sponsored by directors across all authorities throughout the South-West, has been created to share learning and improve collaboration
Council finding it 'harder to identify and deliver savings'
Knowsley MBC is finding it ‘harder to identify and deliver savings’ given the scale of Government funding cuts, senior councillors will be told next week.
No new cash for Greater Manchester local industrial strategy
A former senior civil servant and council chief has questioned the impact of Greater Manchester’s local industrial strategy after it came with no new money.
Driving ahead with digitisation
A digital transformation programme has led to identified savings of more than £580,000 over 10 years at Craven DC, says Paul Shevlin.
A fair care package at a fair price with fair wages
Dr Andrew Larner says it is more important than ever to understand whether a fair price is being paid for a package of care that is fair to the service user
Medway habits must change, officers warn
Medway Council’s ‘reliance on windfalls’ is unsustainable after increased income from local taxation allowed it to balance its 2018/19 budget, senior councillors will be warned.
Letting teams redesign their own way to success
Adele Taylor says the impressive results of a LEAN approach to eliminating waste show that involving the very people who undertake tasks in redesigning a process means they are more invested in making it work.
Can we all work smarter?
Gary Fielding says that even if the government loosens austerity, we probably need to do more work on our savings plans - but can we all work smarter?
EXCLUSIVE: Treasurers reject financial management plan
Treasurers have called for wholesale changes to a planned overhaul of financial management in councils as they rejected a draft code.
Back to austerity as cuts bite
Spending cuts almost as extreme as those back in 2011/12 may need to be made in 2020/21 due to current levels of uncertainty, the president of the Association of Local Authority Treasurers Societies has warned.
‘It starts with our staff’
Debbie Warren outlines how the launch of staff values and awards, promoting collaborative working, and concentrating resources in the spots that need them most is steering Greenwich RLBC’s workforce in a new direction despite challenging times.
Hopes for legislative backing behind new code
An overhaul of financial management in councils could be enshrined in law, according to a consultation that stakeholders must respond to within days to influence.
Why the Public Value Framework matters
Ben Odams asks if the Public Value Framework, released the same day as the Spring Statement, could be the rebooted version of 2010’s Total Place agenda.
Localised council tax support schemes six years on
Stuart Adam and Thomas Pope of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IfS) estimate a quarter of the additional council tax liability created by cuts to council tax support is not being collected, causing problems for households and councils.
Council buys office to generate income
South Cambridgeshire DC has made a £13m investment in a high-quality office building to generate an initial net return of around 5.6%.
Leading the way on financial self-sufficiency
Sevenoaks DC’s approach to property investment ‘has not happened by accident,’ says its chief executive Dr Pav Ramewal. The council has a defined strategy, is clear about the investment criteria and understands its appetite for risk, he argues.
Troubled Families is not the Holy Grail
There are lessons to be learned from the Troubled Families experiment, as Dan Corry outlines
Avoiding fiscal risks - and 'daddy dragon' moments
Tracie Evans says her 'daddy dragon' of the week is not Brexit but the question of what is the optimum number of contractors needed to deliver a very complex organisational transformation.
Counting the cost of Defra's waste plans
A plethora of issues affecting districts keeps emerging from Whitehall, says Ian Miller - but making it easier for those with two homes to know which bin to use is not a sensible basis for policy development.