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Bolton council buys shopping centre as part of £1bn town centre masterplan

15.06.18: Bolton Council has purchased Crompton Place shopping centre in a £14.8m deal. The move has been funded by the council’s £100m town centre fund, which is financed through a low interest loan and repaid using dividends from Manc... more >

Government under pressure as NAO finds universal credit not delivering value for money

15.06.18: Universal Credit (UC) has not delivered value for money and-- it is uncertain that it ever will, according to research published by the National Audit Office (NAO) today. The roll out of the new system has taken significantly longer than fi... more >

Over 15,000 delayed transfers of care down to delays in arranging care packages

15.06.18: The proportion of delayed transfers of care due to shortcomings in social care has decreased over the last year, according to the latest figures from NHS England. In April 2018 there were 145,000 total delayed days, a decrease from the previous... more >

Hunt admits imminent long-term NHS plan likely won’t include social care

14.06.18: The health and social care secretary has clarified that long-term plans for the NHS and for social care will both happen, but very likely not at the same time. His comments, made at this year’s NHS Confederation conference, seemed to... more >

On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14.06.18: David Phillips, associate director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, gives his analysis of the Barnett Formula post-Brexit and asks: how will we replace EU funding to the devolved governments and local areas of the UK? The UK is due to... more >

Lambeth to create 738 homes on brown-field site

14.06.18: London’s borough of Lambeth now has planning permission for 738 new homes. A Grade II listed gas holder— in which natural or town gas is stored at ambient temperatures— will be dismantled, restored and rebuilt as part of a new... more >

Wigan take ‘major step’ forward in integration of health and social care

14.06.18: Wigan has established a single commissioning function in a major step forward in the integration of health and social care. Through appointing Donna Hall, chief executive of Wigan Council, as the new accountable officer for the Wigan Clinical C... more >

Unresolved business rates appeals divert £2.5bn away from public services

13.06.18: Over 130,000 business rates appeals from 2010 remain unresolved, according to the LGA. In the past eight years, over a million businesses have challenged their business rates bills, but the latest figures show that 133,060 appeals have yet to b... more >

Councils spend £100m on fire safety post-Grenfell – but many denied any government help

13.06.18: London councils have spent almost £100m on safety measures since the Grenfell Tower tragedy last year, new figures have revealed. The spending was declared by 24 boroughs in response to Freedom of Information requests by the BBC, and has... more >

Confed chair: Health and care funding talk just ‘hot air’ unless sectors work with each other

13.06.18:  The chair of a leading NHS body has called for greater collaboration between community-based and NHS healthcare, and reinforced arguments for a 4% increase in funding to improve healthcare over the next 15 years. Speaking at the NHS C... more >

Public support ‘compelling evidence’ for increased social care spending

13.06.18: More than 80% of the British public support an increase in social care spending, new figures reveal. The new study, ‘Securing the future: Funding health and social care to the 2030s,’ carried out by the Health Foundation and Institu... more >

Somerset should form three unitary authorities, MP suggests

12.06.18: Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, has revealed that he would be open to a council merger, backing MP James Heappey’s recent suggestion of forming three new councils. Writing for the Western Daily Press recently, Hea... more >

Wales council mergers ‘not in interests of residents,’ says Denbighshire

12.06.18: Denbighshire County Council has warned that plans to force councils across Wales to merge would “undermine their ability to deliver services.” In a special council meeting yesterday, the council agreed to a formal response to the gr... more >

Half of children’s budget spent on 73,000 children in care

12.06.18: Almost three quarters of children’s services budgets are spent on those in severe need, a report published today has revealed. According to the research carried out by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) for the Children’s Commis... more >

Health and social care reforms must be better communicated, MPs warn

12.06.18: The government and the NHS must improve how NHS reforms are communicated to the public, the Health and Social Care Committee (HSCC) has warned. Rising demand and cost of health care means that services need to be changed and better organised ar... more >

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On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

14/06/2018On a cliff edge: The Barnett Formula

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The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

29/05/2018The work of the vanguards can help overcome the challenges of integrated care

Following the announcement of the second wave of integrated care systems (ICSs), NHS Providers, the NHS Confederation, NHS Clinical Commissioners (NHSCC) and the LGA refl... more >
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25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this feeling of imminent change than the article James Palmer, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, has penned for us on p28. In it, he highlights... read more >