Adele Taylor is interim executive director of finance and Governance at Cherwell and South Northamptonshire
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Adele Taylor says 'local government can have a reputation for glacial change (unfairly I think), but over this last year we’ve found ways to walk the tightrope to enable things to happen'.
Striking a balance
There have been press mentions of possible eye-watering levels of potential fraud from COVID support schemes, says Adele Taylor. 'Sometimes good enough has to be balanced with recognising the value of getting that public pound to those most in need', she adds
Things will be moving quicker than ever on budgets
'Our medium-term financial planning is just that, a plan with many moving parts', says Adele Taylor. 'All of us are having to revise, review and renew assumptions that we previously made in a world that looked very different from now', she adds.
Green shoots that may buy a little more time
While they might not be enough to bridge the significant gaps in medium-term financial strategies, it's crucial that we don’t forget to listen and look out for green shoots of ideas that should be considered, writes Adele Taylor.
Judging the financial consequences of change
During the pandemic, a more flexible approach to assessing the financial benefits of a change will be crucial in ensuring we make sound decisions for longer-term sustainability, writes Adele Taylor.
We are going to need the right resources
Adele Taylor is proud of local government's response to coronavirus - but the financial plans will now need a serious review
Hoping for more certainty in the new funding world
In budget-setting and medium-term financial planning you can continue to see local government doing its best to respond, says Adele Taylor - but she hopes more certainty 'will allow us to create an even more sustainable environment for communities'.
Supporting rising stars pays dividends
Adele Taylor says she has been fortunate in her career to be advised and mentored by senior officers who encouraged her to get out and network. She has continued that tradition now that she is able to support the rising stars of the future.
A revelatory discovery
Adele Taylor discusses the boundless possibilities offered by grant-finding tools.
Engaging with our partners
We need to be engaging in a better way with local businesses in our areas so they understand how local authorities work, says Adele Taylor.
Putting it on paper
An 'extremely long piece of paper' helped her finance team to understand 'what an integral part they have to play for our stakeholders', says Adele Taylor.
Being creative local leaders is more important than ever
In the context of the current funding risks and uncertainty, councils need to be thinking even more creatively about how they can take a leadership role in terms of solving some of the issues facing our communities, argues Adele Taylor.
Banbury broadens its offer for residents
Cherwell DC bought the existing shopping centre in Banbury and the site for a new leisure and retail expansion. The council has a responsibility to ensure the success of these investments and of the town, says Adele Taylor
Letting teams redesign their own way to success
Adele Taylor says the impressive results of a LEAN approach to eliminating waste show that involving the very people who undertake tasks in redesigning a process means they are more invested in making it work.
We need sustainable funding
We are lurching towards schemes where we can deliver something good or extra just because there is a new 'one-off' pot of cash that can be exploited, says Adele Taylor.
Financial chiefs need to be bridge builders and broadcasters
Finance 'needs to be a visible force' as planning begins for beyond 2020, says Adele Taylor.
We still need to plan for the medium-term
Adele Taylor explains why a medium-term financial strategy is still important for councils, despite the funding unknowns after 2020.
Crunching those numbers in super-quick time
The skill finance teams need in their DNA is 'to be able to do that quick and dirty analysis almost immediately', says Adele Taylor.
Adele Taylor says the 'so what?' question is a really important one that brings you back to why you are doing things and, most importantly, what changes mean for residents, service users, businesses and staff.
Our financial futures are in the balance
With so many issues being considered that will affect our future funding, the importance of all of our income streams continues to increase, writes Adele Taylor.