Abdool Kara

Abdool Kara

Abdool Kara is executive leader for local services at the National Audit Office and former chief execuitve of Swale BC
  • Gauging the benefit of productivity plans

    30 April 2024

    At the least the new Government requirement for productivity plans will give a platform for authorities to show to their residents, and central government, all they have achieved through improving their efficiency and effectiveness, says Abdool Kara.

  • Making economic development a statutory duty for councils would be a rare win-win

    06 March 2024

    The sector wants to make economic development services a statutory duty for councils. Abdool Kara says the challenge for local authorities is to open the Treasury’s eyes to the prize it considers could be available.

  • Don't hold your breath for immediate funding salvation

    08 January 2024

    Like Liam Byrne’s 2010 note to his successor suggesting there was no money left, an incoming government will have little room for budgetary manoeuvre if it sticks to its declared fiscal rules, says Abdool Kara.

  • How about an updated version of Total Place

    23 October 2023

    Abdool Kara says Total Place 'remains to many an idea that has the potential to square the circle of improved outcomes at less cost at a time where there are few other solutions presenting themselves'.

  • Saying goodbye to Local Enterprise Partnerships

    26 August 2023

    As we prepare to scrap Local Enterprise Partnerships, Abdool Kara asks what will we do next to drive sub regional growth

  • Beware the snake oil salesmen of the future

    27 June 2023

    The increase in risky business models in local government has led to the litany of high-profile failures and s114s, says Abdool Kara. If it sounds too good to be true it almost certainly is, he warns.

  • Pondering the 'graph of doom'

    02 May 2023

    The NHS cannot be afforded higher than inflationary financial increases year-on-year ad infinitum without consequence to the rest of the public sector we value, says Abdool Kara.

  • Looking at alternatives to competitive funding pots

    07 March 2023

    Could the resources invested in failed bids, added to the immense resources needed to assess them, be utilised more effectively, asks Abdool Kara.

  • So many failures looks like carelessness, as Oscar Wilde almost said

    10 January 2023

    Some combination of senior councillors and officers is at fault when it comes to council failures so the onus must be on the likes of the LGA, Solace, CIPFA and others to help prevent such cases arising in the first place, says Abdool Kara.

  • The tentative theory of the infinite queue

    26 October 2022

    Abdool Kara considers why a Government should invest in prevention when it will make no tangible difference to reducing need when it has other priorities to focus upon.

  • The case for prevention investment

    30 August 2022

    We may talk in terms of prevention, preservation or perhaps resilience, but the evidence is that placing too low a premium on the future when we are making spending decisions today will eventually come back to bite us, says Abdool Kara.

  • Go with your gut on EDI

    05 July 2022

    If we are going to make progress on equality, diversity and inclusion local government needs to cut the red tape and just do it, says Abdool Kara

  • The NAO will be paying close attention to the progress of levelling up

    11 May 2022

    Abdool Kara says it is straightforward to direct Government capital and infrastructure cash towards the places the market is not investing in, albeit how such places are prioritised can be contested. It is a harder task for revenue spending.

  • Ukraine crisis is 'forging stronger bonds'

    15 March 2022

    The crisis in Ukraine is seeing countries around the world unite in support of its people, writes Abdool Kara. We can and must do everything possible to support staff who are affected by the conflict.

  • A late-notice, short-term and partial settlement poses problems

    18 January 2022

    There may be a clue about why the sector only has a one-year settlement in the lack of announcements around the fair funding review, the overdue business rates reset, and the delayed levelling up White Paper, says Abdool Kara.

  • Finding evidence to support the 'bleedin' obvious'

    02 November 2021

    Abdool Kara asks why such a small proportion of health money is devoted to preventative activities. 'It can only be because the Department of Health or HM Treasury are not convinced by the evidence.'

  • Data shows the difference

    06 September 2021

    Despite all the legislation and guidance, there is still endless variation in local government, says Abdool Kara. Data helps compare the difference.

  • The future is already here

    19 May 2021

    Success can only come from choosing our battles - and our timing - well, and working for change collaboratively across the sector, says Abdool Kara.

  • The White Paper recognises coterminosity makes a strategic difference

    23 March 2021

    Abdool Kara asks if the lessons of Lansley will be learned, 'especially the making-redundant-then-rehiring of health professionals strategy that cost the public purse dearly in 2011?'

  • Councils' role is vital to a fulsome recovery

    26 January 2021

    Some loved ones will not be around to experience the renaissance when it comes. But for those who are, 'the critical role of local authorities needs to be recognised and underpinned' if the recovery is to be swift, says Abdool Kara.