Tony Kirkham

Tony Kirkham

  • Pressing on with spending plans despite uncertainty

    04 December 2018

    Newcastle City Council has just launched its medium-term plan for consultation, says Tony Kirkham. Waiting for stability seems even more risky, he adds.


  • Scrapping the HRA borrowing cap is not enough

    24 October 2018

    The Society of Municipal Treasurers welcomed the Government’s announcement that the borrowing cap on the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) would be scrapped, but Tony Kirkham says on its own it will not be the 'game-changer'.


  • Telling the truthful story of local government finance

    04 September 2018

    Our ability to communicate in different ways with residents is something we are aware of but in today’s financial climate we don’t seek to enrich our conversations with customers, writes Tony Kirkham.


  • Why is children's services demand soaring?

    09 August 2017

    Tony Kirkham looks at the possible reasons for increases in demand and costs for children's services.


  • Is the apprenticeship levy an opportunity or a joke?

    28 June 2017

    Tony Kirkham supports apprenticeships but says they must be developed in all shapes and sizes so they are a genuine opportunity rather than just another tax.


  • Short-term objectives reap short-term gains

    22 March 2017

    Tony Kirkham says it is vital councils do not use additional social care cash to put off the evil day.


  • Crow like a rooster

    24 January 2017

    In the Chinese year of the rooster, Tony Kirkham explains why councils must be trustworthy, hard-working and sociable, but also shameless attention-seekers.


  • Change your approach to finance

    23 November 2016

    Local government must think differently about business rates retention or communities will suffer, warns Tony Kirkham


  • An uncertain future?

    05 October 2016

    Councils are unsure what they will look like in three years' time but community engagement is helping to shape that future, explains Tony Kirkham


  • An eruption in local government

    02 August 2016

    Serious national uncertainty means councils face an uphill struggle to submit efficiency plans, says Tony Kirkham


  • An open goal on economic growth?

    21 June 2016

    Tony Kirkham asks what a local football team being in the Premier League does for a region's economic growth


  • Keeping the public on side

    04 May 2016

    Public concern about shrinking services persists and councils must learn to take communities with them and ensure they are part of every solution, says Tony Kirkham.


  • Why get involved in local government finance

    15 March 2016

    Director of resources at Newcastle City Council, Tony Kirkham, on the local government finance officers of the future.


  • 'Get busy funding, or get busy closing'

    27 January 2016

    Tony Kirkham reflects on the cases of a number of councils facing financial catastrophe, taking lessons from a Hollywood prison-escape classic


  • It's the little things

    25 November 2015

    Tony Kirkham explains how devolution and business rates reforms must improve the current system


  • Seeking a sustainable future

    06 October 2015

    Tony Kirkham shares financial management solutions from a landmark meeting of local government treasurers.


  • We need to fix roof once and for all

    12 August 2015

    It was John F Kennedy who famously said: ‘The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining’ – and on the face of it this seems to be good advice, Tony Kirkham writes.


  • What being commercial means

    24 June 2015

    Local government could be more commercial but what does that mean, asks director of resources at Newcastle City Council, Tony Kirkham.


  • Leaving Las Vegas for financial accounts

    06 May 2015

    Just back from Las Vegas – didn’t manage to win any money but did get married in true Vegas style.


  • Leaving Las Vegas

    17 March 2015

    Tony Kirkham reflects on reforming the business rates system through the prism of poker skills and an imminent visit to the gaming capital of the world.