• Exploring a risk business

    19 September 2018

    What started out as a conversation with his chief executive, resulted in a dissertation on the impact of commercialisation on local authorities. Robert Weaver delves into the aspects of non-financial risk and its implications

  • SOLACE: Peer reviews should be made mandatory and transparent

    24 August 2018

    Council chief executives have suggested that the Local Government Association’s (LGA) peer reviews should be made ‘mandatory and transparent as they were originally intended to be’.

  • Whiteman urges STPs to set own agenda

    21 August 2018

    Sustainability and transformation partnerships (STP) should seize the initiative to push forward with their own agenda, a senior sector figure has urged.

  • CIPFA faces member rebellion over traffic light index

    20 August 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is facing opposition from its own members to its proposals for a traffic light-style resilience index, The MJ understands.

  • Critical thinking for critical times

    15 August 2018

    CIPFA’s Rob Whiteman highlights the need for bold, detailed planning and decision-making to stem the tide as local authorities continue to provide services while lobbying for much needed resources from Government.

  • Council tax revaluation calls grow

    10 August 2018

    Finance chiefs have said it is ‘untenable’ for local government to rely on the creaking council tax system without a politically-challenging revaluation of properties.

  • CIPFA guidance to strengthen finance officer LEP role

    10 August 2018

    Moves to strengthen the role of Section 151 officers in local enterprise partnerships (LEP) have been made by the Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

  • Whiteman: NHS will benefit most from Spending Review

    09 August 2018

    Councils were this week warned not to expect a significant windfall in next spring’s Spending Review by the man who represents local government finance officers.

  • Evolution, not revolution

    08 August 2018

    New CIPFA president Sarah Howard talks to Dan Peters about the recent financial problems facing the sector, the controversy over the proposed financial resilience index, and how transparency and trust are key to getting back on track.

  • New CIPFA president aims to simplify accounts

    03 August 2018

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) new president has said she wants to use her year at the helm to simplify council accounts.

  • No timescale for 100% business rates retention

    01 August 2018

    The Government has reaffirmed its long-term commitment to 100% business rates retention but ignored calls to detail a timeframe for implementation.

  • We can do more with less when we collaborate

    24 July 2018

    Working better with our partners will further economic growth and enhance the quality of life for our communities, writes Jill Penn.

  • MHCLG to consider financial sustainability ahead of Spending Review

    23 July 2018

    Marsham Street will embed its local authority sustainability tool in its preparations for next year’s Spending Review.

  • A fork in the road to austerity

    18 July 2018

    Could CIPFA’s plans to create a financial resilience index for councils help rescue local government from further catastrophe? Nathan Elvery explains why he thinks a ‘traffic light’ rating could be heading down the wrong road.

  • Sunak questions outsourcing model

    17 July 2018

    Conservative local government minister Rishi Sunak has questioned the current model of outsourcing in the wake of Carillion’s collapse.

  • County chiefs show red to traffic light ratings

    16 July 2018

    County council chief executives have broken cover to warn that plans for a traffic light-style financial resilience rating system ‘risk over-simplifying complex issues’.

  • Government should have 'performance tracker'

    12 July 2018

    Government should have a ‘performance tracker’ to check the impact of its spending decisions, Institute for Government associate director, Dr Emily Andrews, has said.

  • Page: Northamptonshire is wake up call

    11 July 2018

    Public services are lacking the insight offered by the Audit Commission when it comes to an early warning over financial problems, pollster Ben Page has said.

  • CIPFA president warns of trust breakdown

    11 July 2018

    There has been a ‘universal breakdown in trust’ in public services, the incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), Sarah Howard, has claimed. 

  • Brexit has caused slowdown - economists

    11 July 2018

    Economists who are both pro and anti-Brexit agree the referendum vote has caused a slowdown in the economy, the Institute for Government’s Gemma Tetlow has said.