Council withdraws from partnership to concentrate on transformation
Surrey CC’s human resources (HR) and organisational development (OD) departments have withdrawn for at least a year from a three-council partnership as the authority concentrates on transformation.
Eeh by gum! Stop with the jargon!
West Yorkshire folk are known for their plain-talking style.
ACOs’ need local flavour
Accountable Care Organisations could help deliver health and social care integration, but if they are to be successful, local government cannot be excluded from the conversation, argues Nathan East.
We need to be using the 'C' word - conversation
We need to be talking with, not to, our communities about what would work in their places, writes Louise Round.
Key to successful transformation lies in finance teams - report
Finance teams are key to driving transformation in local government, according to a new report.
Rutland shakes-up management team
Rutland CC has shaken-up its senior management team, with three directors taking on new roles.
Better Care Fund stand-off continues
The stand-off between the Local Government Association (LGA) and Better Care Fund (BCF) officials will continue after Smith Square refused to endorse the latest guidance.
Councils should hire a 'public entrepreneur' - report
All councils should appoint a ‘public entrepreneur’ to lead innovation and transformation, a report today has urged.
Simon Stevens outlines 'opportunity to review' Better Care Fund
The social care green paper and NHS’ 10-year plan provides an ‘opportunity to review’ the Better Care Fund (BCF), NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has suggested.
Delays hit Capita contract
Capita’s provision of human resources (HR) and payroll service to five councils is ‘still not meeting required performance standards’ while delays have hit information technology (IT) transformation, a report has revealed.
Our economies are constrained by centuries old boundaries
Ian Miller calls for a bottom up approach to LEP boundaries in the future.
Leadership in public sector reform
Gemma Matin talks to leading figures about the perceived leadership qualities needed to reform public services.
Making the break from centralism
As the NHS hits its 70th birthday, Jon Rouse talks to Heather Jameson about the progress of the Manchester health devolution and whether Bevan’s vision for the NHS is being realised
Finance director in transformation spending warning
Reading Council has been warned it has no room for ‘slippage’ in pursuit of savings following concerns over how other authorities have used capital receipts.
Understanding the reasons behind change
Sandra Dinneen on embracing and shaping change at the local level.
Delivering on housing – rethinking the norm for different results
In his Soapbox column on the 100 year anniversary of Lloyd George’s ‘Homes fit for heroes’ speech, Paul Wheeler called for homes at rents and prices that people can afford (The MJ, 31 May). This isn’t a new problem of course, but it is one that increases in importance year on year. Figures released in January this year found the number of local authority-owned homes in England decreased by 0.7% to 1.60m by April 2017. At the same time, 1.16m households were on local authority waiting lists.
There is no room for heroes in today's health and care landscape
Ewan King explains why systems leadership is more important than ever in the age of integrated care systems.
There are huge opportunities for districts to grasp
Collaborating and transforming is in districts' DNA, writes Louise Round.
Funding fail for information sharing crack team
A ‘crack team’ launched to improve information sharing across the public sector has announced it is scaling back its work after failing to secure funding.
What price dignity?
iESE’s Andrew Larner looks at the impact of its Care Funding Calculator and asks what a fair price for a bespoke care package is today?