Austerity

  • CIPFA in further property investment crackdown

    15 November 2019

    The prudential code has been further clarified to ‘ensure that responsible decisions are made with transparency and financial sustainability in mind’.


  • Spending promises ignore the state’s changing nature

    06 November 2019

    Michael Burton asks how much of the 'largesse, if any' of both of the main parties' election spending pledges might flow back into local government, which has borne the brunt of cuts in the last decade.


  • Does our place-shaping role risk being imperilled?

    04 November 2019

    An anonymous writer ponders the incongruity between what the centre expects from local government and the ‘nature, breadth and ferocity’ of the challenges councils are facing.


  • The thoroughly modern approach to public finance

    29 October 2019

    Geoff Mulgan says the public sector needs innovation and experimentation in money every bit as much as in other functions – and he outlines some of the important ideas for bringing it up to date.


  • Wigan’s next chapter

    23 October 2019

    The success of Wigan MBC’s 2013 Deal has prompted the council go one step further with Deal 2030. Alison McKenzie-Folan explains.


  • Victims in the line of fire

    23 October 2019

    Local government monitoring officers are increasingly being caught in power struggles between senior officers and are becoming targets for politicians. How should the problem be tackled? Martin Ford reports


  • Solace Summit: President in collaboration call

    16 October 2019

    A call for collaboration has been made in a speech to the Solace Summit by president Martin Swales.


  • Brexit casts its shadow over budgets

    08 October 2019

    This week’s Green Budget by the Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that the increases in the Spending Round still need to be funded, by tax rises or more borrowing, while a bad Brexit deal will jeopardise the public finances. Michael Burton reports.


  • Austerity could be back, warns IFS

    08 October 2019

    Austerity could make a comeback if the Government is unable to fund its spending increases through tax rises or more borrowing, according to the ‘Green Budget’ published today by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.


  • New leadership role to boost place-based working

    02 October 2019

    Local government’s sole representative on the new National Leadership Centre’s (NLC) board wants to use her role to boost place-based ways of working.


  • Prospering the Warrington way

    01 October 2019

    In the wake of austerity, Warrington’s commercial strategy – mixing small investment with smart aquisitions – is proving a financial success. Dan Peters reports.


  • Let’s make a collective effort

    01 October 2019

    Julie Ogley argues that we need to take a wider view that puts the focus on the integration of adult social care with all other key public services.


  • Don't erode new funding with fresh obligations

    01 October 2019

    The Spending Round was good news for councils, but if there is a systematic erosion of that funding with new obligations 'it risks leaving a sour taste', says Gary Fielding.


  • Social care funding is still a bridge too far

    01 October 2019

    Social care is still the issue that threatens to derail the Conservative party's forthcoming election campaign, just as it did in 2017, says Michael Burton


  • Tory spending plans could be derailed by economic downturn - IFS

    01 October 2019

    Multi-billion pound Conservative spending plans could be derailed by a further deterioration in the economy, a fiscal think-tank has warned.


  • Trading services expenditure increases by third

    30 September 2019

    Local authority expenditure on trading services rose by a third in real terms from 2017/18 to 2018/19, new statistics have revealed.


  • Norfolk considers £16m new savings

    30 September 2019

    Norfolk CC is considering new savings of £15.8m next year on top of already-agreed savings of £31.1m in 2020/21.


  • Growth in council loans and commercialism boosts Arlingclose profits

    25 September 2019

    Financial consultancy Arlingclose has reported a growth in profits, boosted by councils’ ‘overtly commercial agenda’.


  • The new outsourcing landscape

    24 September 2019

    With the impact of austerity and the collapse of high-profile firms like Carillion, outsourcing is under pressure. Council chief executives gathered at a Serco/The MJ round table to look at the future of contracting out. Heather Jameson reports


  • Austerity takes a back seat – for the election

    24 September 2019

    The election battleground is now about which party can be more forceful in turning its back on austerity, says Michael Burton - but the reality of new spending pledges should also be examined carefully.