FINANCE: East Cheshire Trust reported a £572,000 surplus at the end of June, £55,000 less than a planned surplus of £627,000, board papers show.

The trust overspent on pay by 2.6 per cent, or £797,000, in the year to date but reports its cost improvement plans are “performing well” achieving savings of £1.62m, 4 per cent up on a year to date target of £1.56m.