Budgets and efficiency

  • 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.


  • Haringey officers in reserves warning

    18 February 2019

    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

    18 February 2019

    Bath & North East Somerset Council is expected to become the latest to make a core offer to residents.


  • Highland budget targets £37.5m savings

    15 February 2019

    Highland Council is targeting £37.5m of savings in a ‘budget for change’.


  • Union dilution warning over merging of roles

    13 February 2019

    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

    12 February 2019

    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

    11 February 2019

    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

    08 February 2019

    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?

    06 February 2019

    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

    05 February 2019

    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

    05 February 2019

    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

    04 February 2019

    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

    25 January 2019

    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

    25 January 2019

    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

    23 January 2019

    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

    21 January 2019

    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

    10 January 2019

    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

    07 January 2019

    Northamptonshire CC has moved closer to closing its budget gap, with new figures showing a £19m improvement since July.