Children in care figures hits record high
Some 90 children a day entered care last year, meaning a record number of youngsters are now in the care system, councils have revealed today.
Health and care reform challenge 'greatest since welfare state creation'
Health and social care face the ‘greatest reform challenge since the creation of the welfare state,’ the chief executive of the NHS Confederation has said.
Pay claims on hold till Budget
Local government employers will wait until chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget before responding to the trade unions’ 5% pay claim, The MJ understands.
Pleading poverty in the run-up to the Budget
As councils put forward their cases for funding ahead of the Budget, Heather Jameson argues the sector's finances really are dire this year.
County funding plans under threat amid uncertain Budget
Counties have intensified their campaign for more funding – targeting the Treasury and urging swift action to tackle escalating uncertainty over revenues.
Budget submissions led by CIPFA Brexit warning
The financial implications of a Brexit deal should be taken into account when the chancellor decides on his Budget, financial experts at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has stressed.
Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.
Canada’s all-time high
Diary has just returned from a whistle-stop tour of Canada, where young hipster prime minister Justin Trudeau has embarked on the legalisation of the profitable cannabis trade.
What happened to county devolution?
Cllr Paul Carter says the Government needs to devolve to two-tier areas as well as just cities.
What districts want
Ian Miller on what district councils would like to see from the Budget and local government finance settlement.
Name and shame threat hangs over councils
Councils that fail to get business rates relief schemes in place by the beginning of next month could be named and shamed by the Government.
Olympic loan fears for council
Newham LBC is to work with various partners to improve the financial performance of the Olympic Stadium, as fears abound that the council may never recoup a £40m loan given for the stadium’s transformation.
‘Ignore’ Whitehall calls to raid reserves, says CIPFA
Councils have been urged to stand up to the communities secretary over their use of reserves and ‘ignore the inaccurate messages’ from his department.
Edinburgh predicts £5m overspend for 2017/18
Edinburgh City Council has been asked to ‘urgently’ identify ways it can mitigate a £5m overspend forecast for 2017/18.
Don't let the Government divide and rule health and care
NHS Providers' Saffron Cordery calls for unity between health and social care as the Government seeks to drive a wedge between the two sectors.
County call for targets rethink
Councils have called for the Government to rethink a threat to strip them of promised cash if they fail to meet ‘undeliverable and arbitrary’ targets.
Care directors 'disappointed' by funding threat
Adult social care directors have been left ‘very disappointed’ after the Government threatened to take away funding from areas that failed to reduce bed blocking.
Tensions rise as NHS fines 22 councils for bed-blocking
The NHS has fined at least 22 councils for bed-blocking and threatened 11 others with charges amid escalating tensions between health and care.
City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal
Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Hammond hints at easing of austerity
Chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted he could ease some of the financial pressures on local government brought about by prolonged austerity.