• Copeland to ask Government for £1.5m capitalisation

    17 January 2022

    Copeland BC is to ask ministers for access to £1.5m in support after a Government-commissioned review laid bare the financial issues facing the authority.

  • Ready for the resolution

    11 January 2022

    At the opening of 2022, Ann McGauran and Heather Jameson look at what the coming year may bring – all the priorities and the unresolved policy problems that will make up our New Year's resolutions.

  • Council finances fared better than expected in COVID crisis, says IFS

    11 January 2022

    The cost of COVID for councils has been far less than expected, research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

  • Government defends care reform funding

    14 December 2021

    The director general for adult social care said the £5.4bn sum was a ‘building block'.

  • Copeland in 'Section 114 territory'

    08 December 2021

    Copeland BC is ‘heading rapidly towards its minimum level of reserves and an expectation internally of issuing a Section 114 notice,’ an external assurance review of the council’s financial position has found.

  • Local audit’s perfect storm

    08 December 2021

    The chair of the Public Accounts Committee has suggested the volume of late audits means Whitehall is ‘flying blind’ on council finances. Will the situation improve any time soon and how concerned is the sector? Naomi Larsson reports.

  • Prudential code changes sparks fear for district finances

    07 December 2021

    Plans to change the rules on prudential borrowing have provoked fears that district councils’ finances will be at risk if they are unable to invest commercially.  

  • Road to reform – a blurred vision 

    07 December 2021

    Achieving the Government’s vision for the future of adult social care will take much more investment than is set out on the face of the white paper, says health and social care policy manager at CIPFA Dr Eleanor Roy.

  • Nottingham uncovers serious finance error

    03 December 2021

    Nottingham City Council is taking urgent action after uncovering a serious accounting error while it battles with its failing finances.

  • 'Tis the season to be merry - and for change

    01 December 2021

    There has never been a more exciting time to be a procurement expert in the public sector, says Rob Whiteman.

  • Slough goes back to basics for financial health

    24 November 2021

    There are no quick fixes to Slough’s financial problems, but the council is committed to achieving the improvements residents have every right to expect, says Steve Mair.

  • LGA members accuse CIPFA of 'mission overreach'

    18 November 2021

    Proposed changes to finance rules have provoked anger from the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • ALATS can aim to cultivate an environment supportive of finance chiefs

    17 November 2021

    Tony Kirkham has taken up the reins as the new president of the Association of Local Authority Treasurers Societies (ALATS). He says that with the right conversations with chief financial officers 'we can deliver improvements'.

  • Authorities under pressure

    17 November 2021

    Fears about councils’ financial sustainability remain in the wake of the Spending Review, including concerns about the costs of reform to adult social care. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Whiteman wades into report row

    15 November 2021

    The chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has waded into a row over the publication of a lessons learned report.

  • Councils told to face up to financial challenges

    03 November 2021

    Local authorities urged to face up to the tough financial decisions in wake of Wirral and Peterborough reviews.

  • Minister warns Wirral and Peterborough on finances

    02 November 2021

    Two councils that applied for capitalisation directions from the Government failed to face up to their financial shortcomings, reviews have found.

  • Valuing the relationship between HR and finance

    02 November 2021

    The chief executive of CIPFA recently raised many thought-provoking suggestions on the recruitment challenges of HR and OD leaders that a close relationship with finance colleagues may help with, says Jonathon Sheppard.

  • Commissioners to monitor Slough improvement plan

    26 October 2021

    Mismanagement and a dysfunctional culture contributed to Slough Council’s financial meltdown, two Government-ordered reviews have concluded.

  • CIPFA blocks publication of failed project review

    25 October 2021

    The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has refused to publish a report assessing whether it has learnt lessons from a failed counter-fraud project.