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Chief executive appointed to head new partnership

Chief executive appointed to head new partnership

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.

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Opinion

A fork in the road to austerity

Chief executive appointed to head new partnership

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 [..]

Park life

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 [..]

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Best Practice

Ramping up the benefits of IAMP

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.

Analysis

Child welfare under threat

Child welfare under threat

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.

Private sector

Chain ferry contract secured

Wight Shipyard has secured a contract to make improvements to a chain ferry for Isle of Wight Council.

Complex outsourcing 'not an excuse to exclude public'

Increasingly complex modern outsourcing is not an excuse to exclude the public from the design of future partnerships, a think-tank has warned.

Council looks to private sector to spur social housebuilding

Derbyshire Dales DC is considering forming a joint venture to accelerate the building of affordable housing in the district.