Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman

Rob Whiteman is chief executive of CIPFA
  • Investing in infrastructure is key to turning the tide on inequalities

    15 March 2022

    The Government needs to act to ensure pre-existing inequalities don't worsen, says Rob Whiteman. Investing in infrastructure is a good place to start.


  • Supporting a more financially resilient sector

    01 February 2022

    Rob Whiteman looks at CIPFA's eight assurance reviews of the councils that asked the Government for capitalisation directions, and reviews the common themes that emerged.


  • '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.


  • The good, the bad and the ugly

    02 November 2021

    If the Government is to hit its goals on integration, prevention and health inequality it needs to fund the NHS, social care and public health properly. But the Spending Review was a mixed picture, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Adjusting our approach to ESG treasury management

    28 July 2021

    CIPFA will be working to strengthen treasury management practice by including updates on environmental, social and governance related matters to the existing risk management section of its treasury management code, says Rob Whiteman.


  • The financial hole is not as deep as it looks

    16 June 2021

    We can say with confidence that the hole councils are in is not as deep as it looks, says Rob Whiteman - 'but we still have a tremendous amount of work ahead to ensure the financial sustainability of councils, moving forward'.


  • Consider the risks of terminating COVID support prematurely

    05 May 2021

    Currently additional COVID support beyond June is in doubt. 'The uncertainty this poses for councils cannot be underestimated', says chief executive of CIPFA Rob Whiteman.


  • The funding puzzle stays unsolved

    24 March 2021

    CIPFA's council tax data revealed the average council tax bills for band D properties in two regions of England will now exceed £2,000. Taxpayers will begin to ask what they get for this, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Libraries are vital to tackling loneliness

    08 December 2020

    The UK's libraries are a key element in tackling loneliness and isolation, says Rob Whiteman. Yet CIPFA data shows that total spending on libraries in Great Britain has decreased by 2.6% from 2018/19.


  • What can we take away from Croydon’s s114 notice?

    19 November 2020

    It’s immediately clear from Croydon LBC’s section 114 action that local government must recognise and respect their collective responsibility for maintaining a council’s financial health, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Move to a true local state

    28 October 2020

    We have now reached a turning point 'where devolution to a true local state would not only achieve improved public service outcomes but could genuinely save lives', says Rob Whiteman.


  • We share the Redmond Review's key aims

    16 September 2020

    CIPFA supports the key objective of the Redmond Review to ensure the statutory framework for local government financial reporting aids transparency and accountability, and its focus on longer-term sustainability is vital, says Rob Whiteman.


  • Don’t seek to override local choice on development

    25 June 2020

    Rob Whiteman hopes the ‘sorry episode’ of the Westferry Printworks application ‘once and for all stops the periodic demands from developers to erode councils’ planning powers’


  • The care home sector 'entered the pandemic on the back foot'

    24 June 2020

    The suggestion that a 'protective ring' was cast around care homes is difficult to swallow, writes Rob Whiteman. The sector was 'certainly not given the tools to cope with any kind of financial shock ahead of time', he adds.


  • Slipping through the cracks

    01 June 2020

    CIPFA and Xantura have set up a data partnership to support the local authority fight against COVID-19.The key aim is to find and protect those in immediate need, say Rob Whiteman and Wajid Shafiq.


  • Questioning the quantum

    11 May 2020

    The ‘business as usual’ funding envelope is not enough in a time of emergency. Rob Whiteman advocates a rethink of the planned fair funding review.


  • The importance of reserves

    01 April 2020

    Coronavirus is going to place an unparalleled strain on local government services, says Rob Whiteman. The instinct of many councils not to plunder their reserves has been entirely vindicated by the arrival of this most rainy of ‘rainy’ days.


  • Budget 2020: Public Works Loan Board consultation is welcome

    13 March 2020

    The Chancellor’s announcement of a consultation on revising the terms of borrowing from the Public Works Loan Board is welcome, says Rob Whiteman - but the Chancellor’s fiscal announcements 'didn’t match what we in the sector had hoped for'.


  • A Budget isn't what's needed

    19 February 2020

    By nature a Budget is short-term, says Rob Whiteman. He argues that while more funding is always welcome it does not solve the systemic funding crises facing many areas of the public sector.


  • How will Brexit impact UK public services?

    09 January 2020

    A area of primary concern for CIPFA is the lack of an economic impact assessment on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, says Rob Whiteman - and without that we are 'flying blind'.