FINANCE: Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership had a surplus of £795,000 by the end of December - £251,000 more than planned.

Spending on wages was £378,000 less than expected, and the “expenditure reserves” column in its February board papers was £180,000 higher than predicted.

There were deficits in relation to revenue from non-NHS clinical work of £168,000 and the CIP Target totalling £603,000.

“Bank, agency and locum spend continues to receive close attention,” the papers said.