Setting out our stalls ahead of the Autumn Budget
As we move to set our own budgets and medium-term financial plans, we have to remain vigilant to all the emerging risks and pressures in a continually uncertain world, writes Adele Taylor.
Supporting communities to deliver change
Adele Taylor asks how councils can co-operate with those in the community with the ability to deliver real change.
We have to marry our numbers and our words correctly
Getting the narrative right on our annual finances, as well as the potential future impact, is more important than ever, writes Adele Taylor.
Collecting debt can be a balancing act
There are steps councils can take to act transparently and fairly when collecting debt, while also recognising the importance of debt collection in funding services, writes Adele Taylor.
Making the mainstream media
It seems now more than ever that the debate over where money is spent by local councils is making front page news in mainstream media.
An intriguing dilemma
The evolving technological landscape the nuances around procurement will present councils with an interesting new challenge, says Adele Taylor.
Taking care of business rates
A full understanding of the complex picture of business rates reform is crucial if local government is to deliver an effective response to government, writes Adele Taylor
Pick of the bunch
How can local government continue to attract talent into the top roles, asks Adele Taylor
Wings of change
Local government is an innovative sector and now is the time to let loose some financial creativity, says Adele Taylor
Commercialism by any other name
Whether or not progress is badged as commercialism, Adele Taylor says councils must focus on efficiency and keep customers central
Counting the coffers
Adele Taylor says investment from local government now could pay dividends in coming years
Writing's on the wall
Adele Taylor explains how finance officers have a challenging future ahead as roles transform and expectations change
Squirreling away the funds
Adele Taylor questions whether the savings drive means councils are missing out on important opportunities
Stamping on fraud
Adele Taylor explains how creating an anti-fraud framework brings big benefits.
Every penny counts
As the old saying goes: ‘Every penny counts’ and in times of austerity, that is very true, writes Adele Taylor.
We need to tell the story
In recent weeks I have found myself repeating a phrase several times – 'We need to tell the story,’ writes Adele Taylor.
A leap of faith
There’s a bit of a buzz building across Hertfordshire as we await a special day in our diaries, writes director of finance at East Herts DC, Adele Taylor.
Getting full value
Adele Taylor higlights the important role the Social Value Act has to play in transforming service delivery.
Spring cleaning the accounts
Demystifying the complexity of local authority accounts is a necessary piece of de-cluttering, claims Adele Taylor.