Analysis

No going back on audit

No going back on audit
By Heather Jameson | September 15, 2020

Heather Jameson talks to the author of The Redmond Review Sir Tony Redmond about the flaws in local government audit, the need for a new body to manage, oversee and regulate – and what will happen if his recommendations aren’t implemented quickly.

  • Community power – a step forwards?

    By Heather Jameson | September 9, 2020

    A recent virtual round table debate hosted by The MJ discussed the recent trend towards councils empowering local communities. Is it a real or just a cynical way of driving down costs, and will it require a significant cultural shift to work? [..]

  • A Programme of change for Scotland

    By Heather Jameson | September 8, 2020

    Scotland’s new Programme for Government offered Indyref 2 as the showstopper, but for local government across the UK the focus will be on the findings of a review to consider the move to a National Care Service. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Mind the gap in Scotland

    By Michael Burton | September 8, 2020

    The latest figures show Scotland’s deficit between income and spending compared to the deficit for the whole of the UK has widened. Michael Burton delves into the statistics.

  • Taxing questions on a flawed system

    By Martin Ford | August 30, 2020

    The Treasury announced a call for evidence on business rates. Martin Ford speaks to experts about the system’s flaws, and whether the Government can enact radical change in a time of coronavirus and Brexit.

 
 

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