The link between poor housing and poor health has long been established. Steve Matthews explains how services are being integrated in order to tackle the problem in Blackpool Poor health has long been associated with poor housing. The Public Health...

Local government minister Kris Hopkins has visited south London to see how services to residents are being improved through collaboration. The minister visited the Peckham Hub, where local providers, charities and councils are piloting Pathways to...

Julie Griffin, head of Co-operative Working at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, writes about the authority’s ambitious services redesign, which aims to improve lives through partnership and innovation Local authorities are having to find increasingly...

Peter O'Reilly, Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Greater Manchester, writes about the often under-estimated role of fire and rescue services in wider public service reform. It's easy to understand the concept of public sector reform when your...

Surrey Fire and Rescue Service has made two successful bids to the Fire Transformation Fund which will transform the way emergency services are delivered. The first successful bid is an award of £340,000 for collaboration between Surrey Fire and...

Actions to stimulate economic growth and tackle the reform and decentralisation of public services are delivering real improvements across West London . Our six boroughs have a long and proud track record of working together that's already...

Local Government Minister Kris Hopkins has announced the names of 73 successful bidders to the Transformation Challenge Award after they set out how they will improve residents' health, education and job prospects and reduce the demands they put on...

As part of Better Local Services month Fire, Resilience and Emergencies Minister Penny Mordaunt blogs about how emergency services are changing. Read her blog here . Find out more about Better Local Services month .

Fire Minister Penny Mordaunt today (17 October 2014) announced the winners of a £75 million fund which will improve frontline services and save taxpayers over £300 million. The Fire Transformation Fund, announced last March, is giving £75 million...

Local authorities cannot afford to 'meander' on their journey to service transformation, given inevitable cash cutbacks over the next Parliament, ministers have warned. The warning came following last week's announcement of the 80 local authorities...

Health and social care services in North Somerset could be further integrated, if a bid for Government cash is successful. North Somerset Council and North Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group have submitted a joint expression of interest to the...

Funding totalling £9m is to be invested in enabling councils to share staff and services on a range of projects which participants claim will save more than £100m in a decade. Read the full article in the Local Government Chronicle.

Local government minister Kris Hopkins has announced that 33 winning bids from 80 councils will share the cash. The winning local authorities estimate their proposals will save more than £10 for every £1 of Transformation Challenge Award money...

An award-winning service working with offenders within the community has pledged to save millions for partner agencies. The One Swindon: 5 wards project, which helps rehabilitate offenders by working with them on projects in the community, has been...

The Christchurch & East Dorset Partnership has been awarded a government grant of £160,000 to take forward a project to introduce a joint planning system. The funding comes from the Department for Communities & Local Government in the form of a...

A radical move to merge three councils in a ground breaking union to save £6 million are to be discussed. A business case outlining how North Dorset District Council, West Dorset District Council and Weymouth and Portland Borough Council could work...

A £9m Government fund has been divided between 80 councils to support joint service improvements, including three districts set to share a chief executive. Malvern Hills, Cheltenham and North Dorset have been given £1.4m to help them share a chief...

The 10th September was the third workshop to design the West London Alliance's (WLA's) Mental Health and Employment Trailblazer. As part of the Growth Deal (whereby local enterprise partners can seek freedoms, flexibilities and influence over...

Authorities planning to submit a bid to the Transformation Challenge Award (TCA) have been invited to attend free Cost Benefit Analysis workshops which are taking place across the country. The free half-day sessions are being offered as part of the...

This document is designed to provide an introduction to the methodology and to act as a supporting document to the CBA workshops delivered by New Economy in May and June 2014. It aims to provide a 'hands-on' guide to CBA, specifically aimed at...

An introduction to Cost Benefit Analysis and its role in the Transformation Challenge Award process including case study examples of building up the costs and benefits of a service transformation proposal