Singing from the same hymn sheet
Kevin Foster, David Kuenssberg and Sheila Little outline their hopes for a shared services partnership between Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and Surrey councils, and explain how brand identity is a vital thing to keep.
We must stop our competitiveness within the sector
Section 151 officers have a duty not just to their own authorities, but to the wider sector, argues Sheila Little as she calls for unity on finances.
A welcome step towards more financial control?
With the paused business rates retention steering board and working groups resuming, Sheila Little assesses what this means for the direction of travel of council finances.
One Team approach is creating lasting benefit
By working to make sure staff, partners and businesses are pulling in the same direction, Surrey's head of finance Sheila Little believes her council is tackling existing challenges while unlocking new opportunities.
Thriving not surviving for businesses
By limiting bureaucracy and procedure – and making it simpler for businesses to 'do business' – the local economy would thrive,says Sheila Little.
'A brick in the wall' for the public sector
Making assets work better for local communities is the right approach rather than thinking of them as just a 'brick in the wall' says Sheila Little.
The race for the budget planning timetable for 2013
Sheila Little compares the preparation of the next local budget with the race to prepare for the 2012 Olympic games.
The importance of good transport links for businesses
Sheila Little looks at two stories that highlights the importance of good transport links that help businesses to flourish.
The importance of clear finance management information
Sheila Little says the finance department is moving towards producing much slicker online information.
We need a cap on social care costs
Sheila Little says a cap on care of £50,000 is fair despite the tight budgets.
We all know it will continue to be tough
Sheila Little finds that the recent Audit Commission report on how councils have been coping with cuts is nothing new.
Rising to the financial challenge
Sheila Little looks at how households throughout the country are facing a tight squeeze on their purchasing power.
Sheila Little analyses the eight technical tomes of the Local Government Resource Review.
Finding the right balance
Sheila Little gets ready to answer the sometimes-thorny questions about council reserves.