LGA urged to act on LOBO loans
Campaigners have called for Smith Square to investigate and pursue the brokers, banks and advisers ‘complicit in the misselling’ controversial Lender Option Borrower Option (LOBO) loans.
Raft of cuts after first Section 114 in almost 20 years
The stark reality of the financial cliff-edge facing Northamptonshire CC has this week been revealed by its budget plan.
Whiteman: Local government lacks cohesive whole sector leadership
Local government has been warned its inability to establish cohesive leadership and a single vision leaves it prone to the unintended consequences of Whitehall policy.
Councils battle new accounting rules
Councils are battling to persuade the Government to override new rules that will have an 'unintended negative impact' on local authority revenue accounts.
Ministers could have 'too much influence' under new formula
The Government is favouring a new local government funding formula under which ministers would retain a significant amount of influence, The MJ understands.
Property investment crackdown could be 'potentially disastrous' - LGA
A crackdown on council property investment could be ‘potentially disastrous’ for some authorities, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.
Ministers urged not to redistribute EU funding via Barnett Formula
Britain’s government should not default to the out-dated Barnett Formula when seeking to replace EU structural funding and investment streams after Brexit, experts have warned.
'Big question marks' over financial sustainability
Public finance experts have warned there are ‘big question marks’ over the financial resilience of Scotland’s councils following a damning report by the Accounts Commission.
Looked after children has greatest potential for improvement
Financial officers at local authorities believe that the greatest potential for improving children’s services is in the area of looked after children, new research has suggested.
Fraud cases drop but value increases
Local authorities detected and prevented 75,000 fraud cases, saving the public purse £336m in 2016/17, according to figures released by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) today.
Budget: Government favours its own services over local ones
Sean Nolan provides a rundown of the major local government issues confronting the chancellor in the run-up to the Autumn Budget.
Abdool Kara: Councils are being economical with the truth
Different council groups are lobbying for a bigger proportion of government funding as ministers undertake their fair funding review – and some authorities are massaging the statistics to make their case. Abdool Kara explains.
EXCLUSIVE: Fair funding fears as councils fight for share
A senior sector figure has torn open fresh wounds, accusing councils of stretching the truth as they lobby for an ‘unfair share’ of funding.
Counties lobby for transitional grant extension
Counties have been lobbying the Government to increase and extend the transitional grant for the remaining two years of the four-year settlement.
Treasury set to curb borrowing
Chancellor Philip Hammond is poised to crack down on the rules surrounding council borrowing amid increasing criticism.
Mayors versus councils attitude is counterproductive, warns CIPFA chief
Local authorities should not view metro mayors with distrust, the chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) has advised.
Challenge Government data, NAO tells chief execs
Local authorities should challenge data and analysis put forward by the Government, the comptroller and auditor general of the National Audit Office has said.
Sector concerns over fair funding timescale
The results of the fair funding review (FFR) might not be published until weeks before the provisional local government finance settlement at the end of 2019, it has emerged.
The numbers man with a mission
From a trainee at Birmingham to dealing with central government on the future of public finances, CIPFA president Andy Burns walks Heather Jameson through his career so far and looks at the challenges ahead.
New research: Whitehall needs to focus on preventative policies
Whitehall is regularly drawn into costly, reactionary spending cycles to mitigate crises within the NHS and adult social care but is failing to tackle the underlying causes, a study has found.