New research: Whitehall needs to focus on preventative policies
Whitehall is regularly drawn into costly, reactionary spending cycles to mitigate crises within the NHS and adult social care but is failing to tackle the underlying causes, a study has found.
Andrew Burns: We must be better at justifying our commercial decisions
Andrew Burns outlines some of the key principles enshrined in the upcoming revised CIPFA Prudential Code amid fears the Autumn Budget may restrict councils’ ability to make commercial investments in property, especially outside their own area.
LGA surprised by changes to prudential code
The Local Government Association (LGA) has been left surprised by the extent of proposals to strengthen the prudential code.
‘Give us better access to Brexit negotiations’
Ministers must provide the sector with better access to ongoing Brexit negotiations or risk leaving councils unable to cope with new demands on services, a local authority chief executive has warned.
Brexit cannot allow ministers to run roughshod over communities
Meaningful fiscal devolution is an imperative after Brexit, argues Rob Whiteman.
Budget submissions led by CIPFA Brexit warning
The financial implications of a Brexit deal should be taken into account when the chancellor decides on his Budget, financial experts at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has stressed.
Friction rises as council leaders warn over Whitehall’s threats to withhold bed-blocking cash.
Pension funds get option for new financial status
Standard documentation is being produced to help councils and local government pension funds wanting to secure a new financial status.
CIPFA proposes tougher code
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed its proposed changes to toughen the prudential code.
Warning delivered as councils continue to draw on reserves
A top finance expert has issued a fresh warning after figures showed councils were financing more of their expenditure from reserves and collection fund surpluses.
The road ahead for managing social care
Sean Nolan looks at the conflicts ahead for the social care green paper and outlines some of the key approaches CIPFA will be investigating.
CIPFA set to target CAs
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is expected to focus on combined authorities when it publishes a new version of its prudential code.
90% ‘very dissatisfied’ with VOA rates appeals system
Nearly 90% of people appealing against their business rate levels are unhappy with the Valuation Office Agency’s new appeals system.
When it comes to commercialisation, we can't afford to do nothing
As councils rush to buy up commercial property, questions are being asked about the capacity and capability of the councils taking on these ventures. Hiba Mahamadi asks whether the risks are worth the financial reward.
Scots warned over health and social care strategy
Scottish councils do not have the funding needed for health and social care integration, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has warned.
Sector chiefs’ warning of hollowed out Whitehall
Senior sector figures this week called for clarity amid escalating concerns Whitehall is too stretched to tackle critical financial sustainability issues.
Let’s not kill the goose that lays the golden egg
Councils must provide moderation and balance in their commercial endeavours, warns Pete Moore.
Professional ethics standards get a tune-up from institute
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has drawn up new standards on professional ethics.
CIPFA conference: Boylan hits out at 'initiativitis'
The chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority has attacked the 'initiativitis' that has dominated housing policy.
CIPFA: Institute to toughen prudential code
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has pledged to 'toughen' the prudential code amid claims councils are 'betting billions' on property purchases.