• 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’.

  • More cash needed to improve outcomes - report

    11 November 2019

    More money on top of spending pledges made by the Government ahead of the General Election will be required to improve outcomes, public sector experts have warned.

  • IFS research claims councils need billions more in funding

    10 November 2019

    Councils will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament if they are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.

  • 'Public outcry' needed to spur social care reform

    30 October 2019

    A ‘public outcry’ about the state of the social care system is needed to spark the political will to find solutions, a top mandarin has said.

  • LGA fears over audit delays

    28 October 2019

    Problems with completing a large number of audits on time could lead to councils being penalised, the Local Government Association (LGA) fears.

  • Finance head quits after damning CIPFA report

    22 October 2019

    Windsor & Maidenhead RBC’s head of finance, Rob Stubbs, has resigned from the authority weeks after a damning report from experts, The MJ has learnt.

  • What does our sector want?

    15 October 2019

    It seems the appetite for localism and fiscal devolution is outweighed by fears the burden of care will swallow up all the resources, according to the findings of a survey of chief executives. Heather Jameson reports

  • Working towards collective responsibility in financial management

    10 October 2019

    Rob Whiteman says CIPFA’s Financial Management (FM) code launched today will provide consistent standards for the sector, rooted in transparency.

  • Putting our finances on a secure footing

    09 October 2019

    Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.

  • CIPFA proposals to 'revolutionise financial reporting'

    09 October 2019

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has floated the idea of scaling council financial reporting requirements depending on factors such as the size of the authority.

  • Think tanks to produce ‘toolkit’ to improve governance

    07 October 2019

    A project part-funded by Whitehall and the Local Government Association aims to produce ‘practical support’ and a toolkit to improve councils’ corporate governance by next summer.

  • Call for new audit oversight body

    02 October 2019

    A new type of oversight body for local audit that would take a strategic approach to addressing the sector’s sustainability challenges is needed, a top auditor has suggested.

  • Managing finances: Getting back to the basics

    24 September 2019

    The new CIPFA Financial Management Code will allow us to get back to the basics of public service in the current climate, says Rob Whiteman

  • LGPS 'long way' from being forced to ditch active

    20 September 2019

    Council pension experts believe the sector is a ‘long way’ from being compelled to slash costs through passive investment management despite renewed Treasury pressure.

  • Former CIPFA president lands insititute job

    04 September 2019

    Former Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy president Andrew Burns has joined the institute as associate director for local government.

  • Tributes paid following death of former CIPFA president

    22 August 2019

    Former president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Gren Folwell, has died.

  • CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'

    19 August 2019

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) must double down on efforts to include indicators that are forward-looking in its financial resilience index, a senior sector figure has suggested.

  • Jenrick to check councils' borrowing bids

    19 August 2019

    New local government secretary Robert Jenrick will take a fresh look at councils excessively borrowing for commercial reasons, The MJ understands.

  • Learning lessons from LEPs

    14 August 2019

    Aileen Murphie examines the role, progress and development of local enterprise partnerships from the eyes of the National Audit Office.

  • Can't we keep things simple?

    14 August 2019

    Gary Fielding would much rather get his finance team off the accounts as quickly as possible and 'engaged in helping to provide financial management'.