Transforming public services
The decision five years ago to wind up Whitehall’s Transformation Unit resulted in a loss of capacity and expertise, according to Pat Ritchie. Now, the new Prime Minister must embrace post-austerity place-based deals, she believes.
What future for local services?
As public sector finance specialists prepare to attend CIPFA's annual conference in Birmingham this week, speaker at the event Graham Atkins says delays to the Spending Review mean councils must plan for more efficiencies.
Civil service chief calls for more cross-Whitehall working
Whitehall chief Sir Mark Sedwill has called for more cross-boundary working among civil servants to tackle social issues like knife crime, troubled families and mental health.
Troubled Families is not the Holy Grail
There are lessons to be learned from the Troubled Families experiment, as Dan Corry outlines
Keeping intervention uppermost in mind
Dame Louise Casey, creator of the Troubled Families programme, says the vindication given by the scheme's evaluation came as a ‘relief’.But the Spending Review is the chance to ensure investment in early intervention continues. Martin Ford reports
Investing in people always pays off
As this week's report on the Troubled Families Programme shows, investing in people always pays off and failing to do so just impacts on the public purse further along the line, says Heather Jameson
Sector unites in call for Troubled Families funding
The local government sector has urged the Treasury to continue funding the Troubled Families programme following a glowing report on its impact.
New burdens funding to be reviewed
Hopes of increased funding for new burdens have been raised by ministers.
EXCLUSIVE: MHCLG to make 'compelling case' for more funding
Local government minister Rishi Sunak has vowed that his department will ‘make a compelling case’ for more funding ahead of this year’s Spending Review.
Troubled Families funding could be extended beyond 2020
Funding for the Troubled Families programme could continue beyond 2020 after it was found three-quarters of councils are poised to make early intervention cuts.
The trouble with troubled families
In the melee of the adult social care cash crisis, rising children’s services pressures and pothole funding chasms, Troubled Families budgets have been low down the list of priorities, writes Heather Jameson
Troubled Families scheme a 'distraction,' claims Iain Duncan Smith
Funding for the Troubled Families programme would be better spent elsewhere, a former cabinet minister has suggested.
Achieving earned autonomy
A Staffordshire partnership has been making great strides in helping children and families in need in the county, with a big focus on early help. Mark Sutton explains.
How info sharing is improving help for Troubled Families
Stephen Curtis explains why information sharing is crucial to public service reform, while Stuart Bolton and Imogen Heywood take us through the key learning from new research in Staffordshire and Oldham.
Five London councils commission programme to keep troubled youngsters out of care
Five London boroughs have jointly commissioned a new programme to help vulnerable young people stay out of care.
Louise Casey: It's time for local government to show its worth
After an 18-year career in the Civil Service, running the social exclusion and troubled families unit, as well as leading high profile inquiries into Rotherham and integration, Dame Louise Casey talks to Heather Jameson.
Opportunity is knocking for ‘jaw-dropping’ local government
Local government is jaw dropping, can inspire citizens and, at its best, can outshine any part of Whitehall, former tsar Dame Louise Casey has claimed.
An early start is vital
The argument for early intervention sounds straightforward, writes Alison Michalska, but the difficulties lie in evidencing that it is working.
Casey to leave government after two decades
Senior civil servant Dame Louise Casey has announced she will be leaving government in the summer after an 18-year Whitehall career.
Praise for backing of Troubled Families programme
A respected transformation expert has praised the Government for emerging from a ‘stormy period of criticism’ and pressing ahead with its controversial Troubled Families programme.