News

CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'

CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) must double down on efforts to include indicators that are forward-looking in its financial resilience index, a senior sector figure has suggested.

Future of work survey to inform thinking

Local government workers have been invited to take part in a new survey on the future of work.

Councils push for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation

Bath & North East Somerset Council has joined calls for powers to regulate Airbnb accommodation.

North Yorkshire mulls utilities flood defence funding

North Yorkshire CC is to look at funding flood defence work through contributions from utilities companies.

Unprecedented joint Spending Review bid floated

An unprecedented joint bid could be made to next year’s Spending Review by Core Cities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England.

Promising findings from social work pilots

Devolving budgets to frontline workers to directly support families could reduce the likelihood of children going into care, pilots have found.

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Opinion

Learning lessons from LEPs

CIPFA index 'must be forward-looking'

Aileen Murphie examines the role, progress and development of local enterprise partnerships from the eyes of the National Audit Office.

A robot takeover? Why the future of government is about innovation not machines

Vicki Sellick explains why Nesta is launching a survey ahead of its Government Innovation Summit next month on how skilled public servants feel about making change in their role.

The Prime Minister must fix the Special Educational Needs funding system

The system of ‘misaligned incentives’ for Special Educational Needs, with local government as the ‘funder of last resort’ is fundamentally flawed, says Robert Pollock.

It's time to go beyond GDP

Methods such as GDP and GVA have been traditional ways of measuring what matters in our economy - but Andy Norman argues inclusive growth is the future.

It's time for us all to grasp the complexities of local places

Lawrence Conway says that as we travel to an unknown point in time for our economy, our role as place shapers and leaders in our communities will be some of the essential ingredients in how successful our future will be as a district council.

Give councils the powers, funding and tools they need to deliver

James Jamieson has a message for Boris Johnson: Give us the powers, freedoms, flexibilities and funding and we will deliver your post-Brexit vision that transforms this country for the better.

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Best Practice

Navigating Digital Transformation

Navigating Digital Transformation

Lucy Woods at legal firm Ashfords shares her top tips for getting the best outcome from digital procurement.

Analysis

Fuelling the future

Fuelling the future

Hiba Mahamadi looks at how the two councils who have stepped in to the energy market have fared so far and at whether the future lies in striking up white label partnerships.

Private sector

Councils asked for verdict on Persimmon overhaul

Councils are among the 100,000 organisations approached to take part in an independent review into housebuilder Persimmon.

Acquisition delivers revenue boost for Mears

Mears’ acquisition of a rival social housing business has helped drive up its revenues so far this year.

Morgan Sindall capitalises on council contract wins

Morgan Sindall’s property services arm has helped bolster the group’s profit margins this year.