• Chief executives' development programme launched

    14 June 2024

    A first-of-its-kind development programme designed to meet the needs and future challenges of chief executives from councils across the country has been opened to applications.

  • Councils in financial crisis predicted to double

    04 June 2024

    The number of councils seeking support due to financial crisis is expected to double over the next year unless the next government injects more cash into the sector, senior figures have warned.

  • Money matters

    29 May 2024

    As I retire from my position as the chief executive of Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), I find myself reflecting on its remarkable journey over the last 10 years.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • Whiteman criticises lack of prevention focus in productivity demands

    23 April 2024

    Some ministerial productivity demands are ‘populist nonsense’ more likely to appear in election campaigns than ‘plug material gaps’ in council finances, an expert has warned.

  • We need to measure prevention spend

    16 April 2024

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy will seek to answer how much are we currently spending on prevention, says chief executive Rob Whiteman.

  • Oflog should be handed audit oversight, MPs told

    16 April 2024

    The Office for Local Government (Oflog) should be handed oversight of England’s broken audit regime – a role earmarked for the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) - accounting experts have told MPs.

  • LGA looks to do more to help officers

    03 April 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) is looking to do more to help officers fulfil their roles as part of a policy shift for the politically-led organisation.

  • Retrograde is no way to fund financial recovery

    26 March 2024

    If councils call out the Government for glossing over the facts, they must ensure terms such as balancing the budget and capitalisation are not matters of ‘spin’, says Rob Whiteman.

  • Solace at 50

    20 March 2024

    As Solace hits its 50th anniversary – alongside the anniversary of the 1974 local government reorganisation – Heather Jameson looks at the highlights of an essay collection launched to mark the occasion.

  • Wanted: fiscal reform not fiscal frustration

    20 March 2024

    'To bemoan any Government’s inability to take difficult political decisions when it has been in power for 14 years is to wriggle out of collective responsibility', says Heather Jameson.

  • Accountancy bodies clash over Oflog vision

    15 March 2024

    A row has broken out between two chartered accountancy bodies that had committed to closer working.

  • Don’t leave finance professionals short-changed

    13 March 2024

    Andrew Tromans and Mizan Rouf outline the past and present recruitment challenges in public finance.

  • Books and beyond

    13 March 2024

    Head of libraries at GLL Rebecca Gediking describes how innovation and adaptation are at the heart of a successful, modern library service.

  • A quick fix – but is there any choice?

    13 March 2024

    With news of capitalisation directions being given to several councils, Heather Jameson asks if this risky measure – designed to provide fiscal support – will ultimately provide greater problems down the line.

  • Desperately seeking a long-term diagnosis

    11 March 2024

    A successful economy needs to be built around world-class infrastructure  - and skilled, healthy people and public services are essential to the delivery of both, says Iain Murray.

  • There is no quick fix

    06 March 2024

    The announcement of £2.5bn of ‘exceptional financial support’ for councils will fail to fix local government’s finances, a senior sector figure has said.

  • Growth matters

    06 March 2024

    Tom Stannard talks to Ann McGauran about why strengthening local government’s economic development and regeneration role is crucial if the UK is to drive forward on growth.

  • Selling the family silver is a mistake

    06 March 2024

    The Government is Incentivising councils to sell off publicly-owned assets, 'but these flexibilities should not become business as usual and they are not a sufficient substitute for a reform of our broken funding system', warns Rob Whiteman.