Budgets and efficiency
Using technology to make a real difference in social care
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
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
Worcestershire CC has committed to a £23m boost to social care in its budget for next year.
Haringey officers in reserves warning
Officers in Haringey LBC have warned that the Labour administration’s use of £5.5m of reserves to increase funding for children’s and adults social care is unsustainable.
Bath lobbying for tax reforms as it moves to core offer
Bath & North East Somerset Council is expected to become the latest to make a core offer to residents.
Highland budget targets £37.5m savings
Highland Council is targeting £37.5m of savings in a ‘budget for change’.
Union dilution warning over merging of roles
The union that represents senior local government managers has called for the independent roles of chief financial officer and chief executive to be kept separate.
Meeting the needs of looked after children in Oxfordshire
The use of iMPOWER’s Valuing Care needs measurement approach in Oxfordshire has led to a better appreciation of the needs of looked-after children, says Lara Patel.
Think-tanks float extra council tax flexibility
Local government faces another period of tough budget settlements but could be granted more freedom to raise local revenues, according to a report on options for this year’s Spending Review by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the Institute for Government.
Brokenshire in trade-offs warning
Local government secretary James Brokenshire has warned that trade-offs will be necessary in the fair funding review.
Is it time to revisit Total Place?
Total Place began to drive real cross-sector (system) working, says Richard Stay. He believes the need for a focus on place has never been greater, and it’s arguably time to revisit and broaden the concept
Call for tourism tax review
An inquiry into cultural investment in cities has called for a UK-wide review of the benefits of a tourism tax.
Auditor warning over Spelthorne spending
Auditor KPMG has warned of a ‘significant risk’ in the way Spelthorne BC controversially bought a BP business park for £385m.
Labour calls for NAO to intervene in fair funding review
Labour has called for the National Audit Office (NAO) to vet the outcome of the local government fair funding review.
Edinburgh plans 300 job cuts
Edinburgh City Council has estimated it may need to reduce its workforce by the equivalent of up to 300 full-time roles in 2019/20.
LGA faces financial headache
Smith Square has acknowledged the financial challenges it faces as it freezes subscriptions while grappling with declining Government grants and a pension scheme deficit.
Balancing children’s outcomes
As pressures on children’s services budgets rise, London boroughs battle with balancing the books and keeping children safe. Ann McGauran reports on an MJ/Newton round table debate on the issues facing the chief executives of London councils
Projected overspend more than triples
The projected overspend facing Highland Council’s care, learning and housing department more than trebled to £3m in the third quarter, councillors will be told.
NAO highlights weak financial plans
The number of public bodies in England with weak financial plans is ‘unacceptably high,’ the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.
Northamptonshire reduces budget gap but still faces £11m overspend
Northamptonshire CC has moved closer to closing its budget gap, with new figures showing a £19m improvement since July.