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You get what you pay for

The Chief Executive of Big Society Capital, Nick O’Donohoe, has called on local authorities to boost their use of Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) to fund their services in the face of shrinking public funding. At BDO we’re fascinated by the potential of social investment to transform local services, which we highlighted in our 2011 report. […]

GUEST BLOG: GETTING BETTER ALL THE TIME

The Better Care Fund is a pooled fund that will be issued to CCGs and Local Councils. It is money which must be spent on implementing integrated health and social care and the tagline is that it will provide an opportunity to transform local services whilst providing people with better integrated care and support. I […]

Story of success

This morning was the ninth workshop in the Whitehall and Industry Group’s Innovation in Delivery series, and the topic of discussion was ‘The Ingredients of Effective Commissioning’. I’ve been to several events on a similar theme over the last 18 months or so, but this one stood out for the quality of speakers, the real […]

ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU

2014: The year of new partnerships 2014 will be the year where we redefine what local service provision means to us.  As councils move away from providing non statutory services and we see an increased variety of private and 3rd sector partners based across the UK delivering our services, we need to consider what is […]

DOCTOR FEELGOOD

We’re approaching the six month milestone of Public Health officially moving back to Local Government and the launch of Health and Wellbeing Boards. Here at BDO, we’re lucky enough to have a fantastic Healthcare Advisory practice which sits alongside our Local Government team and together we have been exploring the impact of the changes to […]

Nothing else matters

Over the last couple of weeks we have been working with a unitary authority to help to identify ways savings can be made in services providing housing-related support to vulnerable people. These services are expecting a 10% cut in funding next year, and up to 20% over the next 3 years. That’s a staggering amount […]

YES I’VE BEEN TO THE YEAR 3000

Last week, I was lucky enough to be shortlisted to be one of the Guardian’s Future Leaders in Local Government (you can vote here for your favourite…! Ahem…) So, apart from making it clear that I had better get a wriggle on in terms of achievements to be able to match those of my fellow […]

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