What next for health and care?
In the second round table discussion hosted by The MJ and the National Audit Office, participants discussed the challenging relationship between the health and social care sectors. Michael Burton reports
Recruitment and retention: Who will be left to care in the future?
Auditors, academics, practitioners and unions are pointing to the recruitment and retention issues in adult social care as one of the country’s biggest domestic issues. Mark Conrad examines the problem.
The words 'light touch' should never refer to public expenditure
Abdool Kara on local enterprise partnership accountability and transparency.
EXCLUSIVE: Government knew provisional settlement was wrong
Whitehall officials rushed out the provisional local government finance settlement days before Christmas despite knowing the figures it was based on were wrong, The MJ has learnt.
Former LEP chair accused of cover-up over deal
MPs have accused an ex-local enterprise partnership (LEP) chairman of a ‘cover up’ after he refused to reveal details of a deal to develop taxpayer-funded land.
The MJ/NAO round table: Fallout from the Budget
The MJ and the National Audit Office have launched a series of round table debates with local authority chief executives and directors whose outcomes will help inform the NAO’s forthcoming programme of reports. The first, held last month, asked invited participants to comment on chancellor Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget. Michael Burton reports on the conclusions
We need a system of fairer funding fit for the 21st Century
Responding to recent challenges to fair funding lobbying efforts by the County Councils' Network, Cllr Nick Rushton says it is time to take a look at the facts.
Auditors in fresh LEP warning
A National Audit Office (NAO) report on the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) LEP has warned that the Government’s ability to respond to failure was ‘limited’.
Concentrate on consensus
Chair of the Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities, Sir Stephen Houghton, urges local government to resist the temptation to argue among itself on fair funding.
Fair funding feud: Let's put the whole truth on the table
In response to criticisms of county council's fair funding lobbying tactics, Tony McArdle kicks back, demanding the whole truth.
Counties in plea for 'life raft' funding
County councils today pleaded for ‘life raft’ funding over the next two years or warned a ‘depressingly long’ list of public services could disappear.
Abdool Kara: Councils are being economical with the truth
Different council groups are lobbying for a bigger proportion of government funding as ministers undertake their fair funding review – and some authorities are massaging the statistics to make their case. Abdool Kara explains.
EXCLUSIVE: Fair funding fears as councils fight for share
A senior sector figure has torn open fresh wounds, accusing councils of stretching the truth as they lobby for an ‘unfair share’ of funding.
Counties lobby for transitional grant extension
Counties have been lobbying the Government to increase and extend the transitional grant for the remaining two years of the four-year settlement.
NAO: Public debt levels soaring after seven years of austerity
Britain’s debt crisis has got worse since the financial crash, with liabilities now equivalent to £47,000 per household, auditors have reported.
Goodbye free-flowing grants; hello ring-fences and inspection regimes
Abdool Kara warns that if local government is lucky enough be offered extra funding or flexibility in the upcoming Autumn Budget, it is likely to come with strings attached.
Funds withheld for Leeds LEP
A second local enterprise partnership (LEP) has had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), it has been confirmed.
Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
NAO: Ministers' approach to homelessness has been intentionally light touch
The NAO’s Matthew Wilkins warns pressures on councils to house homeless people in the short-term means they are poorly equipped to prevent it going forward.
Mayor intervenes as auditors probe LEP
The Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGPLEP) is causing the area ‘reputational damage,’ the region’s mayor has warned.