David Walker

David Walker

David Walker is former director of public reporting at the Audit Commission
  • Telling the whole place story

    13 July 2021

    A Fabian pamphlet calls on Labour to commit to a new Place Audit Office (PAO) within the National Audit Office. John Tizard and David Walker explain

  • Public audit will soon need a spring clean

    19 February 2019

    John Tizard and David Walker make the case for a new way of auditing how public money is spent that uses evidence before spending decisions are made - and includes a new office of the '3Es' (efficiency, effectiveness and equity).

  • The contracting conundrum

    09 May 2018

    Time will tell if outsourcing has had its day as a significant money saving option for the sector. John Tizard and David Walker assess the landscape after this week’s elections.

  • Carillion: Companies can go bust, councils cannot

    22 January 2018

    After the fall of Carillion, and with social care providers on the brink, John Tizard and David Walker demand a reflection on where the last 30 years of competitive tendering has brought us.

  • First cut is the deepest?

    22 December 2015

    Perverse public perceptions are a problem, writes David Walker as he examines what can be done to get the facts right

  • Living the dream?

    03 November 2015

    Migration is becoming a local issue more than ever, and as David Walker says, councils need more control of their house to address the situation

  • The case of the diminishing state

    22 September 2015

    David Walker explains that although public services may be shrinking, they must get smarter

  • Over-50 shades of grey

    24 June 2015

    David Walker raises the debate over the fiscal sustainability of the growing ageing workforce, and wonders if local authorities can successfully plan ahead for social care provision.

  • Something to look at?

    13 May 2015

    With the election fresh in the mind, David Walker says the UK can learn lessons from the Swedes in its approach to school inspections, and more specifically, the issue of accountability

  • Importance of imparting information

    30 March 2015

    ‘Town hall Pravdas’? No. Information is the lifeblood of local government and constricting its flow will cause injury and even death, writes David Walker

  • Time to get real

    06 January 2015

    Councillors must confront residents with the fiscal reality of national spending decisions ahead of this May’s general election, for the sake of local government, argues David Walker.

  • Gauging the pressures

    24 November 2014

    Even if there is a slackening and the timetables are revised the pressure on spending won’t miraculously lift. What can UK authorities do as they await devolution resolutions, asks David Walker

  • Respecting the real headline-makers

    20 October 2014

    Despite UKIP’s successes, David Walker assesses the wider challenges ‘protest parties’ would face in government – and the consistent work local government continues to produce in areas that don’t always make the news.

  • Scottish opportunity or misfortune?

    17 September 2014

    If the Scottish drama is to have consequences for how England’s counties are governed, public opinion has to travel a long way. David Walker looks at the implications of independence

  • Hit the north

    03 July 2014

    Local government should put its many problems to one side and support the chancellor's enthusiasm for re-developing the North, says David Walker.

  • The soft underbelly of local government

    29 May 2014

    Austerity government has seen fiscal tightening strengthen the power of central government treasuries across the EU, and the UK is no exception to this pattern, explains David Walker

  • Hilary Benn's Trojan Horse

    24 April 2014

    The knock-on effects of freezing business rates conceal inherent dangers for local government finances, writes David Walker

  • You know when you’ve been quango-ed

    19 March 2014

    The Coalition’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’ has produced more smoke than fire, with performance and accountability of public bodies murkier than before, writes David Walker

  • A drain on resources?

    12 February 2014

    The abolition of the Audit Commission comes with unforeseen consequences, writes David Walker, who explains how Somerset’s flooding crisis is bringing accountability problems to the surface

  • Stop grovelling and start fighting back

    08 January 2014

    Imagine if, on New Year’s Day, you had woken up to a joint statement by 10 of local government’s finest.