• Mapley to take over from Whiteman at CIPFA

    16 February 2024

    Hertfordshire CC boss Owen Mapley will take over as Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) chief executive officer when Rob Whiteman retires, it has been announced.

  • Accountancy bodies move to offer dual membership

    12 February 2024

    Two accountancy bodies are putting the ‘finishing touches’ to the registration process for an accelerated route to dual membership.

  • In praise of a useful financial firebreak

    29 January 2024

    A section s114 notice does not provide a ready-made solution to councils’ funding problems, but it is an important first step on the long and difficult road to redemption, says Iain Murray.

  • Providing piecemeal offerings fails to fix the underlying causes

    23 January 2024

    'As the public sector purse becomes tighter at a time when demand outstrips supply, a longer-term strategic style of service delivery emerges as a platform for reform', says Rob Whiteman.

  • Lyons: Where are we now?

    23 January 2024

    The Lyons review of local government was published 17 years ago. If the inquiry recommendations had been put in place, would local government be in the position it is now? The MJ gathered a panel of experts – including Sir Michael Lyons – to ask just that. Michael Burton reports.

  • Call for MPs' help over ‘inadequate’ settlement

    18 December 2023

    Councils are to turn to MPs to make the case to the Government following the announcement of an ‘inadequate’ £64bn finance settlement.

  • Gove announces finance settlement

    18 December 2023

    Michael Gove today announced England’s provisional local government finance settlement for 2024-25, with councils set to receive an above-inflation average 6.5% increase in funding.

  • How bad does it have to get?

    11 December 2023

    The current situation of financial failure shows just how pressing the case for reform of local government finance has become, writes John Sellgren.

  • How can further local authority failures be prevented?

    06 December 2023

    There is evidence in a new report from Grant Thornton that in each case of serious local government failure one or more links in the chain of safeguards has been weak or altogether broken, says Paul Dossett.

  • Autumn Statement: public services bear brunt of tight spending plans

    24 November 2023

    Jeff Matsu fears the Autumn Statement paints a picture of a chancellor trading up investment in public services for quick wins rather than committing to longer-lasting systems of reform.

  • Fundamental reform of council funding will require a cross-party initiative

    21 November 2023

    If the next Government sticks to current commitments, performance in services will deteriorate further, says Rob Whiteman.

  • Peer reviews: The heat is on

    20 November 2023

    Is corporate peer review a robust enough way to predict the risks of a future section 114 or is it just one improvement tool in a system of assurance? Dan Peters examines the evidence.

  • How government can support the retention of essential service delivery

    15 November 2023

    Senior consultant at CIPFA Penna Karima Dakhama looks at how local authorities through innovation can ensure the retention of essential service delivery across the UK.

  • Perry bemoans police probe speed

    06 November 2023

    Croydon LBC’s elected mayor Jason Perry has bemoaned the speed of the Metropolitan Police’s investigation into the council’s former leadership over the authority’s financial collapse.

  • Rebuilding audit

    30 October 2023

    Local government minister Lee Rowley sets out more details on proposals to clear the serious external audit backlog and ensure a focus on current rather than historical assurance.

  • Minister’s concern over Warrington debt

    19 October 2023

    Local government minister Lee Rowley has expressed concern over Warrington Council’s levels of debt in a leaked letter to leader Russ Bowden.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Sector to plot solutions for 'broken' finance system

    13 October 2023

    Local government is planning to collectively come up with some innovative ideas about how the ‘broken’ finance system could be improved, The MJ has been told.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Elected mayor in law change call

    02 October 2023

    Croydon LBC’s mayor Jason Perry has called for the law to be changed to give councils greater powers to hold officers and councillors to account.

  • Whiteman announces retirement

    26 September 2023

    Finance chief Rob Whiteman has announced he will retire in June.

  • Perfect place

    22 September 2023

    Jonathan Werran reports from a policy event that teased out how lessons from the past could indicate what reform towards single placemaking budgets might offer.