Budgets and efficiency
Even in difficult times, we need to encourage innovation in social care
Despite the current financial pressures, Ewan King argues innovation is needed now more than ever.
Cambridgeshire CC calls for fairer funding
Cambridgeshire CC’s leader has called on the Government to implement a fairer funding deal for the county.
Delayed transfer punishments 'frankly bizarre'
The country’s most senior care director has rebuked attempts to penalise cash-strapped councils over delayed transfers of care (DTOC).
A critical time for children’s services
Alison Michalska explains the urgent need for government action and national attention on the state of children’s services, while Jenny Coles calls for a national strategy to end child poverty, and Ian Thomas puts forward the case for government investment in the Autumn Budget.
Andrew Burns: We must be better at justifying our commercial decisions
Andrew Burns outlines some of the key principles enshrined in the upcoming revised CIPFA Prudential Code amid fears the Autumn Budget may restrict councils’ ability to make commercial investments in property, especially outside their own area.
UC: This is what we're doing, now DWP must respond
Jo Miller outlines the sector's gripes with the rollout of universal credit, and outlines some of the things councils are doing locally to mitigate the impacts.
Scottish councils given warning of further local cuts
Scottish Labour’s deputy leader has warned councils they face £800m more cuts to local services by 2021.
Welsh finance deal confirms cash for key services but core funding reduction
Welsh local authorities will receive £4.2bn to spend on key services in 2018/19 – but councils have warned they are still bearing the brunt of austerity.
Winter is coming – but don’t overlook the other pressures
Raise the profile of social work, cut out the arguments with health and stop getting sidetracked by the ever looming winter pressures, says Margaret Willcox as she speaks to Sam Clayden ahead of the National Children and Adult Services Conference.
Council considers cutting 300 staff
Hundreds of staff at East Renfrewshire Council could be axed in an attempt to close a £26m funding gap.
We need intellectual bandwidth, capacity and resources to halt a children's crisis
A crisis is coming to children’s services and the Government has yet to acknowledge the problem, let alone respond, writes Adam Lent.
We can be the solution, not the problem
As the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities’ meets for its Annual Conference in Crieff this week, Les Sharp and Archie Dryburgh identify the three biggest challenges facing local authorities in Scotland and consider how to adapt for the future.
Welsh councils bemoan 'catastrophic austerity'
A seeming increase in Wales’ public sector budgets masks the ‘catastrophic impact that eight years of austerity have had on local public services,’ the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has warned.
Long-term solution call after mortality study
Social care directors have urged ministers to finance a long-term solution to delayed discharges after a damning study linked the issue to increased mortality rates.
South Ribble management restructure on hold
South Ribble BC was unable to agree management restructure plans expected to save £400,000 after the council leader insisted that they must ‘get it right’.
Council calls for end to 'discredited' austerity
Inverclyde Council has called for an end to austerity and demanded a fair local government budget settlement.
Childhood abuse reforms could see Scottish councils face an insurance black hole
Despite council support for a Bill that will allow childhood abuse survivors to sue for historic cases, councils could face substantial costs for damages. Pamela Stevenson urges authorities to build potential costs into future budgets.
White Van Man on ... PFI contracts
When I was a lad my mum used to buy her sofas and fridges and washing machines on the never-never. You know, buy now, pay later, say a tenner a month for about three years by which time whatever you’d bought had fallen apart.
Government has to recognise the extraordinary challenges councils face
John O'Brien looks ahead to the Autumn Budget, warning the pressures feel extraordinary.
Property portfolio purchase
Spelthorne BC has bought property at Heathrow Airport for £45m. This is the latest addition to the council’s property portfolio, which includes BP’s office park purchased for a reported £360m last year.