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.
Seeing glimpses of the future through the smoke
No matter how good the social care Green Paper proves to be, it won't solve all the sector's challenges - and solutions must be rooted in local communities, says chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Paul Burstow.
See the world through the public’s eyes
How can councils embrace emerging technologies to foster a new relationship with the people and communities they serve? Paul Deegan, local public services lead partner at PwC, explores the issue.
Auditor: Powys failing to improve
Embattled Powys CC is still failing to improve performance standards, an annual audit report has found.
NHS pay rise will 'undermine' integration
Efforts to integrate health and care services will be undermined if some staff are awarded a pay rise while others miss out, the Government has been warned.
EXCLUSIVE: Middle management delaying transformation
Transformational change is being delayed by staff resistance especially at middle management level, according to an exclusive survey of senior council directors and chief executives by The MJ and BT.
Budget 2018: Google and Amazon to be hit by new tax
The chancellor announces a new UK digital services tax aimed at giants such as Google and Amazon
Burnham plans 'as bold as NHS creation'
Greater Manchester’s mayor has heralded a series of health reforms that he claims will be ‘equally as bold as the creation of the NHS’.
Let’s hear it for ‘good help’
Christina Cornwell argues that budget allocations, delivery targets and outcome measures seldom reflect what is important to people. Prioritising system goals and productivity is what is needed
Cllr Adrian Fluker sets out how Maldon DC embarked on council-wide transformation by adopting the Future Model – a complete reimagining, comprehensive restructure and fresh approach to a local authority’s operations
How design is being used to transform services
Sarah Weir explains how design is being used to transform services and improve outcomes in public health and offers a range of examples from councils across the country.
Data – the one prescription we all need
Over the summer I have been visiting councils involved in transformations across the UK, and it is clear to see that a common aspiration is arising amongst us; a need to understand what drives demand for public services. We want to give the best to our local residents by not only creating the ingredients for thriving communities, but also reducing demand and costs for public services.
Partnerships in Places
Alex Bailey outlines his ‘Golden rules’ to avoiding the bruises of place-based partnerships.
Balancing demand is both a science and an art
Management of demand rejects the idea of cuts to achieve short-term aims, says Donna Hall.