CIPFA in further property investment crackdown
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.
CIPFA proposals to 'revolutionise financial reporting'
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
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
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
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
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
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
Former president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Gren Folwell, has died.
CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'
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
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
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?
Gary Fielding would much rather get his finance team off the accounts as quickly as possible and 'engaged in helping to provide financial management'.