Budgets and efficiency

  • Hopes for legislative backing behind new code

    24 April 2019

    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

    16 April 2019

    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

    16 April 2019

    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

    15 April 2019

    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

    03 April 2019

    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

    02 April 2019

    There are lessons to be learned from the Troubled Families experiment, as Dan Corry outlines


  • Avoiding fiscal risks - and 'daddy dragon' moments

    27 March 2019

    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

    26 March 2019

    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.


  • Resolving digital dilemmas together

    20 March 2019

    Penna hosted its first digital round table earlier this year. Penna’s digital recruitment specialist Jo Cumper describes how leaders from technology joined forces to examine how the digital economy can be driven forward.


  • Reorganisation pause after costs escalate

    01 March 2019

    The leader of Northamptonshire CC has expressed his alarm at the ‘ever-increasing’ costs of local government reorganisation, which could put the 2019/20 budget at risk.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Government must 'step up' on adult social care

    28 February 2019

    The council ranked the best at delivering most for the money it spends on adult social care has called on the Government to ‘step up’.


  • Shared values breed success

    28 February 2019

    Redbridge LBC is ranked number one in the iMPOWER adult social care productivity rankings. Cllr Mark Santos and Adrian Loades describe the council’s winning approach.


  • Council budget 'unsustainable for the future'

    27 February 2019

    Shetland Islands Council will grab £3.5m from its reserves to balance its 2019/20 budget.


  • Top 10 adult care councils

    27 February 2019

    Building on the ranking tables included in iMPOWER’s report Which Councils Are Best?, Jeremy Cooper reveals the 10 councils achieving most for the money they spend on adult social care.


  • Charities find children's 'cuts hotspots'

    26 February 2019

    Per capita funding for children’s services has fallen by more than 30% since 2010, with London boroughs suffering the most savage cuts, children’s charities have warned.


  • Council expects to axe 70 roles

    26 February 2019

    Brighton & Hove City Council is expected to axe 70 roles in an effort to rein in spending over the next year.


  • May defends 'record' SEND funding

    25 February 2019

    Theresa May has defended her Government’s funding of special educational needs and disability (SEND) as she faces of a chorus of calls for more cash.


  • Using technology to make a real difference in social care

    19 February 2019

    Mathew Kendall and David Rees outline how Barnet LBC is increasingly adopting technology-enabled care, integrated into a ‘strength-based’ approach. The early results have been positive.


  • Rotherham scandal continues to hit council finances

    19 February 2019

    The aftermath of Rotherham’s child exploitation scandal continues to hit council finances with an overspend of nearly £16m in its children and young people’s directorate.


  • Worcestershire leaders warn care funding must change

    18 February 2019

    Worcestershire CC has committed to a £23m boost to social care in its budget for next year.