Analysis The MJ

20 12 Analysis Analysis


  • An alternative commissioning model

    By Léonie Cowen and Andrew Rome | March 19, 2018

    High cost residential care for children is a major source of financial difficulties for local authorities. Léonie Cowen and Andrew Rome believe there are more effective and efficient ways of commissioning placements.

  • Operation sanctuary: lessons to be learned

    By Sam Clayden | February 26, 2018

    A serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle has revealed a raft of learning for public bodies, national government and society. Sam Clayden speaks to the reports’ author and the agencies involved.

  • What next for health and care?

    By Michael Burton | February 20, 2018

    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

  • Is economic forecasting an art or science?

    By Michael Burton | February 15, 2018

    Michael Burton reports on a rare interview given by the Office for Budget Responsibility chairman Robert Chote last week at the Institute for Government.

  • The MJ/LGiU finance survey: The balancing act continues

    By Dan Peters | February 13, 2018

    Children's services has emerged as the new biggest risk facing the sector, overtaking adult social care, according to this year's The MJ/LGiU finance survey.

  • Children's services: Improving under pressure

    By Sam Clayden | February 7, 2018

    A recent spate of children’s services turnarounds have provided the sector with a boost. Sam Clayden interviews Steve Walker about a partnership between high-performing Leeds City Council and struggling Kirklees MBC and the looming crisis in the [. [..]

  • Richmond and Wandsworth: The power of two

    By Heather Jameson | February 6, 2018

    Paul Martin speaks to Heather Jameson about Richmond upon Thames RLBC and Wandsworth LBC's shared services arrangements.

  • Storm clouds gather over the sector

    By Michael Burton | February 6, 2018

    A wave of reports last month on the impact of Brexit on local government signals its rise on the priority list for the sector this year. Michael Burton reports.

  • Are we being priced out?

    By Sam Clayden | February 6, 2018

    Public sector workers are experiencing a real-terms pay cut, while senior managers have seen their income cut dramatically in the past eight years. Sam Clayden unveils the latest pay research by Unison.

  • How digital innovation can aid new partnerships

    By Sam Clayden | February 1, 2018

    With council merger, combined authority and joint management plans especially active in the South West The MJ and BT hosted a round table dinner with prominent chief executives from the region to discuss how digital innovation can help progress [..]

  • Rotherham: a place that needed good news

    By Heather Jameson | January 31, 2018

    Rotherham MBC has finally achieved a positive Ofsted rating. The council is now trying to turn around the town's tarnished reputation. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Norfolk CC is back on the march

    By Sam Clayden | January 29, 2018

    After five years as an ‘inadequate’ authority, Norfolk CC’s children’s services have seen a turnaround. Sam Clayden speaks to top officers about its improvement journey to date and its ambitions for the future.