Oxfordshire CC and Cherwell DC have appointed Yvonne Rees as their joint chief executive.
Ministers to 'review local government taxation'
Senior ministers have told the sector they are in favour of looking at local government taxation, The MJ understands.
Council launches commercially-driven strategies
Scarborough BC has launched two new commercially-driven strategies as part of its bid to achieve financial sustainability.
Minister signals further Universal Credit changes
More changes are in the pipeline for Universal Credit, work and pensions minister Esther McVey has revealed.
Public finances perform better than expected
The public finances continue to perform better than expectations, although total borrowing is up year-on-year even before the promised increase in health spending, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.
More voter identification trials needed - Electoral Commission
Trials of voter identification have worked well, according to the Electoral Commission’s official evaluation.
Could CIPFA’s plans to create a financial resilience index for councils help rescue local government from further catastrophe? Nathan Elvery explains why he thinks a ‘traffic light’ rating could be heading down the wrong road.
No light at the end of the tunnel says the OBR
If you find the Brexit car crash all too depressing then why not lighten your mood with a flick through the latest analysis of the public finances from the Office for Budgetary Responsibility? Its opening paragraph gives a cheery flavour of what is [..]
Ministerial question mark over outsourcing
Two government ministers last week warned councils not to be too reliant on single suppliers. Heather Jameson comments.
Progress is being made
Andy Burns looks back on his year as president of CIPFA
Striking the right balance
Just as football fans are driven to distraction over inconsistent decisions by referees, so too is local government agitated by erratic verdicts on performance targets and Government interventions. Dan Corry suggests the right balance is an [..]
Many councils across the country are cutting their budgets for parks and open spaces, with some even looking to sell off these areas of land. Garry Payne explains how Wyre BC has continued to invest in its parks, making significant improvements for [..]
The breaking of ground on the £400m International Advanced Manufacturing Park at Tyneside will herald a new era for the North East’s growing advanced manufacturing sector. Cllr Iain Malcolm and Cllr Graeme Miller explain.
Children’s care services are sleepwalking towards another tragedy not helped by differing levels of inspection says an all-party group of MPs. Former minister Tim Loughton describes the findings of their report.