Michael Burton is editorial director of The MJ
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
Is economic forecasting an art or science?
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 Civil Service has little to obstruct even if it wanted to
Michael Burton in defence of the Civil Service.
Time for a united front on finance changes
The sector would be far stronger on controversial finance issues if its lobbyists could first agree a united front, argues Michael Burton.
Britch made redundant after Norse restructure
One of the architects of a major local authority-owned contractor has parted company with the firm after 25 years.
Is transformation an achievable task?
Local authorities are pinning their hopes on service transformation to secure their future, but is it an impossible task? The MJ and PA Consulting hosted a round table discussion with leading local authority chief executives to consider options for service redesign while below a case study highlights a project at Hampshire CC.
'Fourth option' could deliver £6bn for regeneration
Some £6bn could be invested into regeneration by adopting a ‘fourth option’ for local authority property projects, a study into a new model of delivering services has claimed.
The public sector has to pay the right price for the job
As debates about public sector contracting flare across the country, Michael Burton argues that in or out house, the work has to be done at the right price.
Storm clouds gather over the sector
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.
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
New name is a smokescreen for inaction
The new labels for the government departments responsible for local government and health and care is just another cop-out, argues Michael Burton.
Social care directors in honours list
Social services directors featured prominently in the New Year’s Honours List.
Public sector borrowing continues to fall
Borrowing continues to fall while the reclassification of English housing associations’ debt from the public to the private sector from November knocks £300m a month off public sector debt, according to the latest figures.
Public sector employment figures show a rise in workers
Austerity is over judging by latest public sector employment figures which show rises in health, central government and police.
What works well in local government
Every chief executive is familiar with problems, challenges and failures – but what about successes? Michael Burton reports on a recent round table debate which looked at the positives in the sector.
Devolution is the PM’s ally in helping the ‘left behind’
Michael Burton argues the Prime Minister should seize control of the devolution agenda if she is to build an inclusive economy.
Budget forecasting for public finances is hit and miss
One conclusion from covering many Budgets is that forecasting is more an art than a science, writes Michael Burton.
IFS questions government's ambitious housing targets
It is impossible to predict ‘with any confidence’ that ambitious targets to build 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s will ever be achieved, according to the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) think-tank.
The reorganisation bandwagon rolls on
Reorganisation has to deliver a solution to a problem, rather than being an end in itself, writes Michael Burton.
Javid rejects DCLG capacity fears
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has rejected accusations that his Whitehall department is too stretched to handle devolution bids.