The £3 Billion Pound Question

Jason Lowther The Institute for Fiscal Studies’ latest review of English council finances documents why so many chief executives and treasurers have been having sleepless nights since “whatever it takes to tackle Covid” transformed into “as little as we can get away with giving you”. On Wilkins Micawber’s “income” side, Covid has hit councils’ commercial … Continue reading The £3 Billion Pound Question

Social care reform – comprehensive is good, but comprehensible vital

Chris Game Cllr Ketan Sheth’s recent blog on ‘Local Government and the NHS Integrated Care System’ was, as he explained, timely for him personally – as an elected London borough councillor about to take on a novel scrutiny role in a new ICS. For us Midlands readers it was timely too, for reasons most easily … Continue reading Social care reform – comprehensive is good, but comprehensible vital

Children’s Services Spending: Where has the axe fallen?

Calum Webb (University of Sheffield) and Paul Bywaters (Huddersfield University) Children’s and Young Peoples’ Services, encapsulating children’s centres, safeguarding and social work, family support, services associated with looked after children, often totals nearly £10 billion of spending annually. Despite this, limited attention is paid to how these funds are spent, and much less is known … Continue reading Children’s Services Spending: Where has the axe fallen?