Budgets and efficiency
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.
Resolving digital dilemmas together
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
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
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
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'
Shetland Islands Council will grab £3.5m from its reserves to balance its 2019/20 budget.
Top 10 adult care councils
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'
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
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
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
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.