Councils are looking at going beyond shared services to merging to form new authorities. What does this mean for finance and democratic accountability?
Local authorities to take part in non-binding collaboration agreement. West Berkshire Council and Oxfordshire County Council are planning to share various IT developments and experience under a new digital collaboration agreement.
The Don’t Drink and Drown campaign, run by Royal Life Saving Society UK, is launching on Monday (4 December) with a week-long drive to share the message that alcohol and water can be a fatal combination.
Council bosses are paving the way for a merger of roads departments in Inverclyde with those in East and West Dunbartonshire. Proposals have been drawn up to share services among the three local authorities to help save money.
The UK Government has dismissed a call to reverse the devolution of responsibility for the British Transport Police to Holyrood after the force's planned merger with Police Scotland was branded "dangerous" and "reckless".
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAT) and Salford Royal NHS FT have combined to form a new healthcare organisation responsible for serving over 1 million people.
York Housing Association (YHA) has joined Karbon Homes as an independent group member. The new partnership, which was officially approved today (Dec 1) has been supported by YHA’s residents and stakeholders.
Plans to create a West Suffolk council by combining Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council have received initial approval from Sajid Javid.
A proposal to merge two Somerset councils has received initial approval from the secretary for communities and local government.
Authorities, care providers and CCGs must work closely with the NHS to make health devolution work, says the chief executive of Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership (GMHSC).
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Cannock Chase District Council and Stafford Borough Council plan to bring environmental services together which covers licensing, fly-tipping, food safety and contaminated land.
West Berkshire and Oxfordshire County Council have signed a digital collaboration agreement. Announcing the agreement in its Digital Services Blog, West Berkshire says that, in the spirit of LocalGov Digital, it’s a non-binding collaborative agreement between the two councils.
Details of the £600m devolution deal for Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils that was promised in the Chancellor's Autumn Budget, have been revealed.
Lewisham is a great place to live, with a strong and diverse community. Yet, despite being situated in the heart of London, on the doorsteps of one of the wealthiest cities in the world, tens of thousands of Lewisham residents live in poverty.
CITY deals for Tayside, Stirling and the Borders were among the measures unveiled in the Chancellor’s Budget yesterday.
The Conservatives have sought to put their Northern Powerhouse ambitions back on track after the Chancellor announced a major devolution deal in the North East.
For several years collaboration with the widest range of partners has been identified as important within the public sector to deliver enhanced services to the community. More recently the Policing and Crime Act 2017 introduced a ‘Duty to Collaborate’ with a specific reference to the blue light services.
Drew Markham, Service Strategist at Fordway, discusses why successful public sector digital projects are 50% technology and 50% culture.
NLGN recently published a report discussing the need for local authorities to adopt a bold ‘changemaking’ approach if they are to survive, deliver top quality customer service and remain relevant.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the region’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) are engaging in a mutually beneficial MOU collaboration that promotes both community safety and effective response in the case of emergencies.
The government has agreed a second devolution deal “in principle” with the West Midlands mayor and combined authority to address local productivity barriers, and has also committed to looking into further devo deals across the country.
A highly successful, evidence-based domestic violence and abuse identification and referral programme (IRIS – Identification and Referral to Improve Safety) developed by researchers at the University of Bristol has launched as a social enterprise today, with plans to scale up its activity and grow the programme across the UK and internationally.
A deal to give London unprecedented devolved powers over health and care has been signed by officials today. The agreement includes calls for the NHS to sell off unused land and buildings in the capital and reinvest the money in community and public services, with surplus land being marked for housing.
On the face of it, it is the national NHS/social care crisis in action at two hospitals in north Hampshire.
Last week, The Gazette reported on Autumn Action at Hampshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where a concerted effort was made over three days at the end of October to cut down emergency department waiting times and improve patient flow.
Councils have urged the government to speed up the devolution process and counteract the spread of funding coming from over 70 different centralised sources.
The use of robots can help transform the way our healthcare system is managed, says Stephen Sutcliffe, director of Finance and Accounting at NHS Shared Business Services.
Fly-tipping enforcement in parts of south Warwickshire is to be carried out by Rugby Borough Council. Warwick District Council has agreed to trial a shared service for 18 months, which will see Rugby investigate issues on behalf of Warwick and then recommend enforcement action that needs to be taken.
Two Staffordshire councils could join forces to tackle issues such as fly-tipping in a bid to save cash.
A scheme to support economic growth by upgrading Ings Lane in Kirkbymoorside is scheduled to begin this month.
The work, which will cost up to £475,000, is the result of a partnership between Ryedale District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and local businesses.
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Prime Minister Theresa May has announced that a £20m fund is to be set up to drive the development of new technologies in public services.
The Brunel Partners Academic Centre for Health Sciences – a pioneering new partnership between Brunel University London, Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Central and North West London (CNWL) NHS Foundation Trust – was officially launched at Brunel’s Uxbridge campus on 17 November.
A report suggesting that scrapping district councils could save £2.9bn a year has prompted anger from the District Councils Network (DCN).
A new thought leadership report published by NLGN discusses how local authorities must change over the coming months and years if they are to survive, deliver top quality customer service and remain relevant.
The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the government will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018.
The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham has established an ‘Insight Hub’ team that works closely with the leadership of the organisation. In this interview, Sal Asghar, Strategy and Performance Manager, and Pye Nyunt, Insight Hub Manager, tell us how data is being used to drive policy.
A deal unveiled today will give London’s NHS and councils the “freedoms and powers they need to provide the very best health and care services”, according to the chief nursing officer for England.
A new initiative bringing different parts of the public sector together in an effort to reduce ‘bed blocking’ has been officially opened at Poole Hospital.
Steve Rotheram is making ten new pledges to transform Liverpool City Region. He says the devolution process is a journey not a destination, and the Leaders of the region’s six districts had not created a Combined Authority to attract modest additional resources but to deliver transformational change.
West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has officially ended its partnership with Sunderland based housing association Gentoo Group after new rules were introduced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Health Education England is launching an online workshop to gather views on digital readiness.
Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue has teamed up with Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue (CamSAR) to introduce a new welfare unit for staff to use in the event of long-running incidents.
A new blog post outlining how public sector organisations can benefit from a shared services centre argues that they are one of the most effective ways to maximise resources.
Andrew Grant, CEO of Aylesbury Vale District Council, recently addressed the AWS Public Sector Transformation Day, where he outlined the journey the council has made from a traditional inwardly focussed council to an innovative, forward thinking and commercially orientated organisation.
A new company established by Cotswold District Council and three other councils has officially launched, despite concerns over ‘democratic accountability’.
The plan to merge South Hams and West Devon district councils will not be recommended to the Government after councillors at one of the authorities voted against the scheme.
Department for health releases document including an assurance framework for 2018 the day before Halloween.
Zurich Municipal’s 2017 Senior Managers’ Risk Report, which examines changing attitudes about the role of the public sector in an era of austerity and commercialisation, has suggested that councils are facing an identity crisis.
Public sector organisations are underestimating the complexity of managing a service transition and their new services will fail if they don’t get the full backing of their staff.
A group of housing associations in South Wales are considering setting up the sector’s first offsite housebuilding factory in the region.
A joint Dundee City Council and Angus Council project to bring long-term privately-owned empty homes back into use has been nominated for a national award.
This report by the Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) for Keepmoat Regeneration/ENGIE sets out the case for developing specialist retirement housing for people aged over 55.
Crescendo Systems, a digital dictation and clinical records management firm, has become the first customer on the new networking framework.
A private company could take over Northern Ireland's planning services, it has been revealed.
The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham and Agilisys will be teaming up to showcase their transformation story at the upcoming Local Government Strategy Forum.
A bold new vision to make Greater Manchester one of the best places in the world to grow up, get on and grow old has been unveiled.
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is the latest local authority to turn to technology in order to transform its social care delivery.
A new report has revealed that, while the majority of adult social care is good, future quality is precarious as the system struggles with complex new types of demand, access and cost.
Scotland faces the likely closure of many of its fire stations, five years after the emergency services were converted from regional authorities into a single national force.
Integration of health and social care in Bracknell Forest, Berkshire, is working particularly effectively according to the latest CQC report.
A Bill to establish, and make provision about, the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care; and for connected purposes. This Bill is expected to have its second reading debate on Friday 1 December 2017.
Client demand for a more business-like local authority legal service is driving two London councils to join forces with a regional ABS powerhouse.
The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing is focused on finding ways to improve the sharing of information to enable better outcomes for service users – mainly in the public sector. It is launching an annual state of the nation survey for the public service to gather and track your thoughts, opinions and beliefs about information sharing annually.
Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team is the first in the North East to share a base with firefighters. They have been formally welcomed to Redcar Community Fire Station by Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade and since moving in earlier this year have already attended nearly 50 incidents.
In this testing financial and political climate collaboration between public services has never been more necessary. We need to carry on making the case, says Henry Kippin.
Four key ways to embed a digital culture within organisations have been identified in a recently published report.
About 600 workers are being shifted to a new firm created by four local councils in a plan to share services and operational costs. Publica Ltd will be owned by Cheltenham, Forest of Dean, Cotswold and West Oxfordshire councils.
Shared services are becoming more common across the public sector. It is unlikely that local authorities can function in the future unless they work more collaboratively with their neighbouring service providers.
Wales’ top public spending watchdog has raised concerns about a body that was set up to save Welsh public bodies money – but which has been running at a loss.
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Innovate UK is providing £6m over three years to the Open Data Institute (ODI), to advance knowledge and expertise in how data can shape the next generation of public and private services, and create economic growth.
A fire safety video featuring a Dirty Dancing-inspired version of the fireman's lift has been a hit.
Brexit brings with it an opportunity to harness the power of public procurement to revive local economies, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies has argued.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has welcomed the government's announcement of £3.8m package to end homelessness and rough sleeping in the city.
Care Quality Commission report shows that fewer than one in ten patients saw a pharmacist when they could not see a GP, highlighting the potential for greater use of the community pharmacy service.
Councils will have to be more creative and innovative to provide public services against a backdrop of future budget cuts, an expert has said.
The partnership behind the forthcoming garden waste collection charge in Lichfield is hoping that almost half of residents will be paying to have their green rubbish taken away by the end of next year.
South West Wales Shared Services Group, the body for one of the Principal Areas of Wales, has deployed Citrix ShareFile at Swansea Civil and Family Justice Centre to share millions of case documents securely with different agencies, to speed proceedings for child wellbeing.http://www.information-age.com/south-west-wales-councils-go-paperless-123469039/
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is set to recognise its staff at an awards ceremony this Thursday (October 12).
Keeping children in residential care is expensive. When Birmingham city council saw an increase in older children entering care, largely through behavioural problems, it launched a six-year programme to find foster placements for them.
Brighton and Hove City Council is to merge with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
The agreement for health and care devolution in London is due to be finalised by the end of 2017, according to the chair of the London Health and Care Devolution Programme Board, Will Tuckley.
Arts and Minds, a leading arts and mental health charity, has been running weekly art workshops for people experiencing depression, stress or anxiety in Cambridgeshire for the past seven years.
Health and education are to benefit from the reallocation of money across Stormont departments.
In response to the ever-increasing opportunities to use innovative digital technology to carry out essential admin tasks, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) first developed a ‘Digital Dictation, Speech Recognition & Outsourced Transcription Framework’ in 2010.
The UK has joined all other EU Member States and EFTA countries in signing the eGovernement Declaration in Tallin.
NHS England’s Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) are in danger of missing a trick when it comes to sharing patient data.
This report is an assessment of the state of health care and adult social care in England in 2016 to 2017.
A who’s who of public sector technology experts gathered inside the King Power Stadium in Leicester earlier this week as the winners of the Socitm Awards were announced.
With an eventful – but ultimately disappointing – Conservative Party conference out of the way, all eyes now rest on the chancellor’s autumn budget and the consultation on the future of adult social care that the government has promised.
One in four GP partners are willing to ditch their existing practice contracts and join a collaborative funding deal across their local area, according to polling by a leading think tank.
The frontier between humans and technology has become increasingly blurred; in some instances, we are seeing a merger of human biology and technology into one, in others technology has come to replace traditionally human roles.
Health staff in Derry have taken part in an innovative new training programme aimed at allowing them to understand what people dementia experience every day.
A Yale School of Public Health study finds that strengthening and better integrating social services with health care for people in need may improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs. The study—Patterns of Collaboration among Health Care and Social Services Providers in Communities with Lower Health Care Utilization and Costs— is published in the journal Health Services Research.
One year on from its formation in 2016, the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) used its first AGM to announce a rebate of £1,039,279 to its local authority, housing association and other registered social landlord partners across Scotland.
The first professional catering qualification for health and social care catering – Level 2 Award in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care – developed by the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) and the awarding body of the Institute of Hospitality (IOH), has been officially approved on the Ofqual Regulated Qualification Framework.
Progress is being made behind the scenes on a £1.3 billion City Deal to create thousands of jobs in Swansea and the wider region, a council leader has insisted.
At least 1.8 million people in the UK aged 65 and over could have an urgent dental condition, a new report has suggested. The report, published by the Royal College of Surgeons, warns of at least 1.8 million pensioners suffering with dental pain, oral sepsis or extensive decay in untreated teeth.
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