Andrew Burns is past president of CIPFA
Putting our finances on a secure footing
Andrew Burns examines how councils can ensure financial sustainability and put local services on the right path.
Is this a sustainable first step away from austerity?
Andrew Burns says the Spending Round sent a strong positive signal, but short- and medium-term questions remain over funding – and the macroeconomic climate does little to put services back on a sustainable long-term path.
Progress is being made
Andy Burns looks back on his year as president of CIPFA
Achieving financial resilience and sustainability
Andrew Burns outlines three key lessons that need to be learned if local government is to ensure medium-term financial sustainability.
Lessons for local government in the wake of Carillion
Andy Burns offers some advice for the sector following the collapse of the outsourcing giant.
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.
Sustainability, collaboration and digital
On becoming CIPFA president, Andrew Burns says he will concentrate on financial sustainability, tighter collaboration between public services and the role of digital developments and automation.
Councils must understand the risks of commercial investments
Councils should not take higher commercial risk without the necessary improvement in commercial capabilities, enhanced governance and transparency, writes Andrew Burns.
Social care investment is a benefit, not a cost
Andrew Burns says local government will have to explain the positive impacts of investing in social care, rather than focusing on the costs of doing so.
Promoting prosperity and inclusive growth
If used to give direction to the UK’s economic growth path, the industrial strategy could spark inclusive and sustainable growth, writes Andrew Burns.
Social care doesn't have to be a drag
Ministers need to see the benefits of investing in social care, not the costs of doing so, Andrew Burns explains.
Counting down to the Autumn Statement
Andrew Burns explains how next month's Autumn Statement will lay bare the chancellor's vision for local government and public services
Improving outcomes for people and places
New Government consultations shows it's business as usual after Brexit, but Andrew Burns says councils have an opportunity to change their thinking on local spending
Expect the unexpected
Change is always on the agenda for local government but financial sustainability takes hard work.Andrew Burns explains how officers can deal with the impact of unplanned events
Weather the EU storm
While council chief finance officers can't express a view on Brexit, Andrew Burns says they must plan ahead to ensure local economies safely navigate the EU referendum
A Budget for pensions?
With the Budget less than one week away, Andrew Burns outlines what local government needs the chancellor to deliver on pensions.
There's digital gold in those hills
Andrew Burns considers how analysis of digital data represents a goldmine for local government as the finance settlement fundamentally shifts the agenda
Care funding to remedy NHS ills
Andrew Burns examines the need for funding parity between health and care services
Investment returns must not be compromised
The announcement that chancellor George Osborne would like to see Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) investments pooled on a regional basis has provoked mixed reactions, writes Andrew Burns.
The art of alignment
Andrew Burns introduces a new tool from CIPFA designed to help public sector service providers to better co-ordinate their activities and collective resources.