We need commitment over funding reform timetables
Tracy Bingham hopes the two-year funding settlement will still happen - 'but we need to know what comes after'. Councils need to be able to plan their finances over a timeframe of at least five years, she believes.
Counting the cost of inflation
Tracy Bingham looks at the pressures facing district councils as inflationary costs hit council budgets hard and interest rates soar
Let councils keep all Right to Buy receipts
More fiscal freedoms for councils will help slow the decline in social housing stock, which is much needed given waiting list statistics, says Tracy Bingham.
Getting the hybrid model right can improve our workplace culture
If we can get the hybrid work model right in local government we can improve our workplace culture, since women will want to stay, and, in turn, we’ll do a bit more in closing the gender pay gap, says Tracy BIngham.
Getting our finance workforce offer right
In the wake of ‘The Great Resignation’ and a skills shortage impacting local government finance teams, Tracy Bingham looks at the scale of the recruitment and retention challenge and how it should best be tackled.
I crave the days when our annual financial cycle was just that
Tracy Bingham realises the world of finance directors and their work is only going to get more uncertain and complex.
A busy summer through to autumn of future funding consultations lies ahead
The outmoded system of local government financing means huge disparities between councils’ funding levels continue and the sector faces a real medium-term period of uncertainty that has been knocking on the door for years, says Tracy Bingham.
Section 25 statements provide crucial context
Tracy Bingham underlines the importance during these times of Section 25 statements made by chief finance officers. They offer an indicator 'for elected members for how financially secure (and indeed insecure) their council is or could be in the future'.
Give districts full freedoms on precepts
Why not remove precepts entirely for all local authorities and leave increases to be determined at the (local) ballot box, says The MJ's new Money Matters' columnist Tracy Bingham.