• Slipping through the cracks

    01 June 2020

    CIPFA and Xantura have set up a data partnership to support the local authority fight against COVID-19.The key aim is to find and protect those in immediate need, say Rob Whiteman and Wajid Shafiq.

  • EXCLUSIVE: No bail outs for commercial investments

    22 May 2020

    Plans to bail out councils struggling with their finances could vary between authorities - but they will not cover commercial investments, The MJ understands.

  • EXCLUSIVE: New rules would see councils warn ministers before a s114

    21 May 2020

    Finance directors would need to warn the government before they issued a Section 114 notice during the coronavirus pandemic, if new rules get the go-ahead.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts braced for lost income

    13 May 2020

    Woking, South Norfolk and Craven DCs are likely to be the hardest hit when it comes to lost income.

  • Treasury criticised for 'attack' on council sovereignty

    12 May 2020

    A Treasury crackdown on local authorities using cheap finance to buy commercial property for rental income is an ‘attack on the sovereignty of councils,’ a senior councillor has said.

  • Facing down an uncertain future

    12 May 2020

    Already cash-strapped following a decade of austerity, councils now face fighting a national crisis on a basic budget with their financial futures left in the balance. Heather Jameson reports.

  • Warning over coronavirus and commercial investment cocktail

    11 May 2020

    Worried finance chiefs have warned some councils that invested in commercial property have been put at increased risk by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Questioning the quantum

    11 May 2020

    The ‘business as usual’ funding envelope is not enough in a time of emergency. Rob Whiteman advocates a rethink of the planned fair funding review.

  • We must take stock

    06 May 2020

    Sir Bob Neill says that in the ‘grown-up public discussion’ that he hopes will take place after the pandemic has subsided, ‘we should give serious thought to what is expected of local government’

  • CIPFA: 17 years to work through council housing waiting list

    04 May 2020

    It could take up to 17 years to re-house individuals and families on the waiting list for council housing, data analysis by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed.

  • CIPFA releases new deficits guidance

    28 April 2020

    Councils will not be required to put aside money from their general reserves to support future funding of any dedicated schools grant (DSG) deficit, new guidance has confirmed.

  • Crisis has exposed council finances, Whiteman tells MPs

    27 April 2020

    The coronavirus crisis has exposed just how far public services have been cut, finance expert Rob Whiteman has told MPs.

  • Councils urged to help struggling care providers

    20 April 2020

    Care minister Helen Whately has urged local authorities to use government funding to help any providers who are struggling.

  • Looking beyond the lockdown

    15 April 2020

    We may be in the midst of the coronavirus crisis, but what will happen to public finances when we come out the other side, asks Michael Burton

  • Coronavirus cash allocations are 'out of date', says IFS

    14 April 2020

    Out of date spending assessments mean councils may not be getting their fair share of cash to deal with the coronavirus crisis, latest figures from the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) have revealed.

  • Bid to relax accountancy codes rejected

    07 April 2020

    Plans to streamline the preparation of last year’s local authority accounts to reduce the burden on finance departments struggling with the impact of the coronavirus have been scrapped after regulators objected.

  • Coronavirus cash is not enough to cover costs of crisis

    07 April 2020

    The Government is looking at a ‘package of measures’ to financially support councils hit by soaring costs and plummeting income amid the coronavirus crisis.

  • Council staff warn fraud is a major risk for local government

    31 March 2020

    Two-thirds of local government professionals think fraud is a major risk for councils, a new survey has revealed.

  • Fraud in times of crisis

    31 March 2020

    As CIPFA publishes research showing local government professionals believe fraud is a major risk, Marc McAuley says we must learn from past mistakes.

  • Coronavirus fraud warning

    27 March 2020

    Finance experts have warned coronavirus could bring an increased risk of fraud.