Pension funds get option for new financial status
Standard documentation is being produced to help councils and local government pension funds wanting to secure a new financial status.
CIPFA proposes tougher code
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed its proposed changes to toughen the prudential code.
Warning delivered as councils continue to draw on reserves
A top finance expert has issued a fresh warning after figures showed councils were financing more of their expenditure from reserves and collection fund surpluses.
The road ahead for managing social care
Sean Nolan looks at the conflicts ahead for the social care green paper and outlines some of the key approaches CIPFA will be investigating.
CIPFA set to target CAs
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is expected to focus on combined authorities when it publishes a new version of its prudential code.
90% ‘very dissatisfied’ with VOA rates appeals system
Nearly 90% of people appealing against their business rate levels are unhappy with the Valuation Office Agency’s new appeals system.
When it comes to commercialisation, we can't afford to do nothing
As councils rush to buy up commercial property, questions are being asked about the capacity and capability of the councils taking on these ventures. Hiba Mahamadi asks whether the risks are worth the financial reward.
Scots warned over health and social care strategy
Scottish councils do not have the funding needed for health and social care integration, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned.
Sector chiefs’ warning of hollowed out Whitehall
Senior sector figures this week called for clarity amid escalating concerns Whitehall is too stretched to tackle critical financial sustainability issues.
Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg
Councils must provide moderation and balance in their commercial endeavours, warns Pete Moore.
Professional ethics standards get a tune-up from institute
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has drawn up new standards on professional ethics.
CIPFA conference: Boylan hits out at 'initiativitis'
The chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority has attacked the 'initiativitis' that has dominated housing policy.
CIPFA: Institute to toughen prudential code
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has pledged to 'toughen' the prudential code amid claims councils are 'betting billions' on property purchases.
CIPFA conference: Councils will be at back of queue
Councils will be at the back of the public sector queue for additional funding, a senior local government figure has warned.
Councils are plugging the gap
There are some who criticise local government for being bureaucratic and lacking in creativity. In reality, local councils are innovative in plugging the income gaps left by austerity says Paul O'Brien
Sustainability, collaboration and digital
On becoming CIPFA president, Andrew Burns says he will concentrate on financial sustainability, tighter collaboration between public services and the role of digital developments and automation.
Austerity fears grow amid business rates uncertainty
Continued ‘major uncertainty’ over the Government’s business rates retention plans is forcing finance experts to devise policy in a vacuum, experts warned this week.
Public sector pay cap remains in force
The Government has held firm in the face of pressure for it to ease-up on below inflation pay awards for public servants.
Council finance chiefs urged to remain vigilant
Council chiefs must continue to remain vigilant in scanning ahead for warning signs of a financial crisis over the next decade, experts have warned.
100% business rates retention legislation dropped
The Local Government Finance Bill has been dropped from the legislative programme, leaving plans for business rates retention in limbo.