Government thinking is the missing piece to finance reform
In her last column as president of the Society of District Council Treasurers, Norma Atlay says mystery still shrouds the future of local government finance and business rate plans.
Where will the money fall in the future?
Norma Atlay asks the important questions about a fast-changing local government finance system.
Where next for council budgets under siege?
Government policies have done little to ease budget pressures. Norma Atlay asks whether it is time to review the councillor-to-electorate ratio.
How much will change under 100% business rate retention?
Norma Atlay asks whether the new funding system for local government is a case of the emperor's new clothes.
Finding the right financial path
Local government finance officers need to find the safe route to balancing budgets but there are many issues to consider, writes Norma Atlay
Moment of truth
Local government faces two crucial deadline dates in the next few weeks, says Norma Atlay
Districts address finance
Norma Atlay explains the work of districts on show at the recent CIPFA conference
Held to account
Norma Atlay urges local government to respond to a government consultation on strengthening the Local Government Transparency Code.
Fielding the 'hospital pass'
Norma Atlay says devolution of funding cuts mean councils must be ready to make tough decisions on services despite opposition from residents
Looking over the edge
Norma Atlay says local government has been 'taken to the abyss' and shown things could be much worse. But what will big financial changes mean locally?