• Auditors launch governance and accountability inquiry

    18 September 2018

    Whitehall’s watchdog has launched an investigation into local government governance and accountability that will be delivered to MPs next year.

  • Brum to implement bin strike deal

    17 September 2018

    Beleaguered Birmingham City Council is finally expected to implement the deal that ended an acrimonious bin strike – four months behind schedule.

  • What do traffic jams, hopscotch and skyscrapers have in common?

    14 September 2018

    Diary considers itself something of a connoisseur when it comes to audit reports, but recently found itself considering the images that adorn their front covers.

  • Northants misspent millions of ring-fenced cash - auditor

    13 September 2018

    Millions of pounds have been misspent by Northamptonshire CC, according to auditors.

  • Council accounts held up by LOBO challenge

    21 August 2018

    Auditors have delayed a full opinion on Weymouth and Portland BC’s finances pending the outcome of a High Court challenge against Barclays.

  • Qualified opinion for Lancashire accounts

    09 August 2018

    Lancashire CC’s auditors have issued a qualified opinion on the county’s value for money work amid lingering concerns over children’s services and internal controls.

  • New CIPFA president aims to simplify accounts

    03 August 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) new president has said she wants to use her year at the helm to simplify council accounts.

  • 'Hard decisions' ahead for council facing £23m budget gap

    26 July 2018

    A council that relied on reserves to cover budget shortfalls in 2017/18 has been told by auditors it now faces ‘hard decisions’.

  • County chiefs show red to traffic light ratings

    16 July 2018

    County council chief executives have broken cover to warn that plans for a traffic light-style financial resilience rating system ‘risk over-simplifying complex issues’.

  • Page: Northamptonshire is wake up call

    11 July 2018

    Public services are lacking the insight offered by the Audit Commission when it comes to an early warning over financial problems, pollster Ben Page has said.

  • CIPFA president warns of trust breakdown

    11 July 2018

    There has been a ‘universal breakdown in trust’ in public services, the incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Sarah Howard, has claimed. 

  • EXCLUSIVE: Council faces tribunal flood

    11 July 2018

    Lancashire CC is facing a deluge of employment tribunal claims from disgruntled former managers as it tries to recruit a permanent chief executive.

  • Caught in the traffic lights

    10 July 2018

    As CIPFA members gather in Bournemouth for its annual conference, much attention will be paid to its proposals for a ‘resilience index’. Rob Whiteman explains to Heather Jameson why the system of self-regulation needs to change.

  • £2m Capita repayment after 'fraud'

    10 July 2018

    Contractor Capita has been forced to repay £2m to Barnet LBC following an alleged fraud by an ex-member of staff within joint venture project Re.

  • NAO to reinforce external auditing

    09 July 2018

    The National Audit Office (NAO) is to reinforce the importance of external auditor reporting after warnings were raised but ignored by Northamptonshire CC.

  • Finance director in transformation spending warning

    26 June 2018

    Reading Council has been warned it has no room for ‘slippage’ in pursuit of savings following concerns over how other authorities have used capital receipts.

  • Morse to maintain audit standards

    25 June 2018

    National Audit Office chief Sir Amyas Morse has insisted he will not lower the standards expected from local auditors despite market concentration and plummeting fees.

  • Audit verdict on broadband venture

    13 June 2018

    Auditors have handed Aylesbury Vale DC 22 recommendations to improve its commercial projects after the sale of its broadband company.

  • Auditor attacks Northamptonshire reporting

    25 May 2018

    Financial reporting at Northamptonshire CC was too ‘vague’ and lacked crucial detail prior to the county’s Section 114 notice, a new audit report has revealed.

  • Warning ahead of Big Four shake-up

    22 May 2018

    A shake-up of the Big Four accountancy firms could lead to changes in the new sector-led audit procurement process.