Councils in fresh NHS warning
The Local Government Association (LGA) has issued a fresh warning that the NHS must not forget councils as it embarks on its Long Term Plan.
Social care precept 'avoided catastrophe'
The introduction of the social care precept ‘avoided catastrophe’ but the sector still faces a funding gap of at least £15bn, a senior figure told The MJ’s Future Forum today.
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.
Medway’s mega renaissance
Chief executive of Medway Council Neil Davies wants to brand the whole of Medway as a single high-profile waterfront university city. Dan Peters reports
Councillors meet to set up shadow Northants council
Councillors on the new Joint Committee for West Northamptonshire will meet for the first time this evening to discuss setting up one of the two new unitary authorities replacing the county council.
Scrapping permitted development will lead to better quality housing schemes
Senior researcher at the Fabian Society Jason Brock argues that a broken planning system is harming the future of our town centres and making Britain’s housing crisis worse.
It's time for coherent joined up policies
Lawrence Conway has one thing to ask following the Brexit outcome - and that's for a look at how national policy is put together and joined up.
'Much more to do' to improve quality of Northamptonshire CC services
There is ‘much more to do’ to improve the quality of Northamptonshire CC’s services, two Government-appointed commissioners have told Whitehall.
Tees Valley prepares for take off
Mayor of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Ben Houchen says bringing the local airport back into public ownership means the conurbation is ready to compete – not just with other UK city regions, but globally
Edinburgh facing £30m health and care cuts
Health and social care services in Edinburgh would be ‘jeopardised’ by proposed funding shortfalls, it has been claimed.
Scottish health and social care integration must ‘happen faster’ - report
The integration of health and social care needs to ‘happen faster,’ a report has concluded.
Surrey CC plans full 2.99% council tax hike
Financially troubled Surrey CC has outlined plans to raise council tax by the maximum 2.99%.
Shopping around: councils can find fortune by diversifying into retail
Value still exists in the retail sector, but councils need to understand where to look in order to secure a strong return. By being savvy, they can mitigate the risk and maximise the opportunity, according to James Duncan
Transformation savings at risk
The transformation programme underpinning Surrey CC’s return to financial sustainability has ‘a medium to high risk of slippage,’ the troubled county’s auditors will warn councillors today.
Councils may have to hand back grant
Some of the extra £55m Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) announced by the chancellor in the Budget may have to be handed back by councils.
Future Forum North: AI 'will not reduce workforce size'
Artificial intelligence (AI) will not reduce the size of the local government workforce, a top private sector figure has predicted.
Future Forum North: Manchester bombing was 'toughest time in career' of council chief
Transformational leadership was the key to Manchester’s response to the arena bombing, says the city council’s chief executive, Joanne Roney.
Breaking down the barriers to change
A survey of local authority chief executives and directors by The MJ and BT found strong resistance to transformational change among their management teams. The issues were discussed at a round table with senior staff in the Midlands
Riding the public sector transformation wave
Local government may seem like a plane running on fumes, but #OurDay made clear that local public services are run with passion and determination, writes Dr Andrew Larner.
'Long way to go on integration' - audit
There is still a ‘long way to go’ to achieve integrated health and social care in Scotland, an audit report has found.