Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman is chief executive of CIPFA
  • Slipping through the cracks

    01 June 2020

    CIPFA and Xantura have set up a data partnership to support the local authority fight against COVID-19.The key aim is to find and protect those in immediate need, say Rob Whiteman and Wajid Shafiq.


  • Questioning the quantum

    11 May 2020

    The ‘business as usual’ funding envelope is not enough in a time of emergency. Rob Whiteman advocates a rethink of the planned fair funding review.


  • The importance of reserves

    01 April 2020

    Coronavirus is going to place an unparalleled strain on local government services, says Rob Whiteman. The instinct of many councils not to plunder their reserves has been entirely vindicated by the arrival of this most rainy of ‘rainy’ days.


  • Budget 2020: Public Works Loan Board consultation is welcome

    13 March 2020

    The Chancellor’s announcement of a consultation on revising the terms of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board is welcome, says Rob Whiteman - but the Chancellor’s fiscal announcements 'didn’t match what we in the sector had hoped for'.


  • A Budget isn't what's needed

    19 February 2020

    By nature a Budget is short-term, says Rob Whiteman. He argues that while more funding is always welcome it does not solve the systemic funding crises facing many areas of the public sector.


  • How will Brexit impact UK public services?

    09 January 2020

    A area of primary concern for CIPFA is the lack of an economic impact assessment on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, says Rob Whiteman - and without that we are 'flying blind'.


  • Get rid of 'delays, deadlock and paralysis'

    06 November 2019

    Continuing to stumble through this 'political Groundhog Day' has real consequences for the services that affect real people every day, says Rob Whiteman - and it’s well past time their needs came to the top of the political agenda.


  • Working towards collective responsibility in financial management

    10 October 2019

    Rob Whiteman says CIPFA’s Financial Management (FM) code launched today will provide consistent standards for the sector, rooted in transparency.


  • Rebuilding trust is a long-term ambition

    06 August 2019

    Making local authority accounts more accessible to the modern-day user will help us shape a more transparent tomorrow, says Rob Whiteman


  • Dear Chancellor

    24 July 2019

    As the dust settles on the Conservative leadership announcements, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Rob Whiteman writes an open letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid hoping for bold, transformative action.


  • Talking about tomorrow today

    03 July 2019

    How can local leaders ensure the continued health of local government finances and deliver sustainable services, but recapture and retain the faith of their communities in their ability to achieve this? Rob Whiteman explains what needs to be done.


  • We need leaders who give optimism that a way through must be found

    26 June 2019

    Rob Whiteman says the expertise and insight of the public finance profession is fundamental to shaping sustainable services in the age of austerity.


  • It’s time to scrutinise scrutiny arrangements

    21 June 2019

    A round table discussion highlighted key questions about what the Government should be doing, says Rob Whiteman, including whether, in the absence of an Audit Commission, it should provide some oversight and coordination to review common themes.


  • Crafting a solution for our sector’s funding

    22 May 2019

    What the whole local government sector needs most is ‘stable, future-proofed planning’, says Rob Whiteman, and a one-year delay to the outcome of the fair funding review could be part of this process.


  • Prevention is better than cure

    14 May 2019

    CIPFA and Public Health England have developed a framework for measuring and evaluating preventative interventions. Rob Whiteman says it takes a holistic view, using cost-benefit analysis to encourage long-term thinking and sustainability.


  • Whiteman: A new code is needed

    03 April 2019

    Chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, Rob Whiteman, says a new financial management code is vital after a decade of austerity.


  • How to get back on track

    20 February 2019

    What the chancellor must do in the Spending Review is tell a coherent story; one that allows for the radical and bold change that puts Government on to a sustainable financial pathway, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Is Government penny wise, pound foolish?

    09 January 2019

    As councils turn more towards commercialism, now is the right time to consider if the public audit model is fit for purpose, Rob Whiteman believes


  • With no long term solutions, the Budget is more trickery than treats

    01 November 2018

    Rather than offering the long-term funding needed by public services, the chancellor dressed up short term cash splurges as the easing of austerity, says Rob Whiteman


  • 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.