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Ebony Hughes

Ebony Hughes

6 reasons why this financial challenge requires a different mindset

Local authorities face the triple challenge of remaining resilient, ensuring they are financially sustainable and protecting outcomes.

May 6, 2020

Do councils have the financial resilience to survive Covid-19?

Is the allocated emergency funding sufficient?

April 6, 2020

Keeping tomorrow on today’s agenda – the crucial role for Directors of Resources in 2020

How to avoid coronavirus derailing the delivery of savings and resulting in an unsustainable future

April 1, 2020

Day in the life of a Director… Ebony Hughes

“What I love about the role is how I get to satisfy my intellectual curiosity and love of insight, working…

March 6, 2020

Local government budgeting: a complicated solution in a complex world

Financial strategy, planning and management requires a huge overhaul.

February 4, 2020

What was missing from the LGA’s ‘Making Sense’ report on children’s services

The Local Government Association (LGA) recently published a research report on children’s services. While the report – ‘Making Sense: Understanding…

June 27, 2018

Pinball kids: time to say game over

The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield OBE, recently published the 2018 Stability Index, an annual measure of the stability…

June 11, 2018

Accountability in children’s care placements is only part of the equation

A recent media story (‘Councils not held to account for commissioning social care, claims MP’)  reported the debate in Parliament’s…

March 9, 2018

Putting children’s needs first will help reform the care placement system

Last week another of the essays from our second Shining a Light collection was published in the MJ.  The essay…

November 28, 2017

CIPFA conference reflections: Ebony Hughes

This blog is one of two reflecting on the CIPFA conference. My overarching reflections were that: 1.  The financial precipice…

August 8, 2017

Tackling demand in children’s services

We know we must change, we can see it is possible, now to work out how. We recently co-authored an…

March 28, 2017

Back to work: Returning to consulting and children’s services

This week a date arrived that I had for a long time felt far off on the horizon: My return…

October 5, 2016

Workforce and transformation: Lessons from children’s services

On the 6th of October a number of eminent voices in the care sector will come together for the Social…

September 22, 2015

Our Clients: Often Similar, Never The Same

At Impower, no two projects are the same, even if the subject matter and objectives are similar the route to…

June 29, 2015

Why We Need Whole System Transformation

The recent spike in demand at the front door of social care, and of early help services has thrown into…

December 8, 2014

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