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Articles from No. 7/8, 2015

Banking on a Green Revolution
Exactly one week after his surprise election victory in May, a freshly reinstalled David Cameron toured the Edinburgh headquarters of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB). It is not clear if the timing of the PM's visit was intended to convey a strong...
Breaking Down City Limits
Therewas considerable surprise when Greater Manchester and NHS England announced groundbreaking plans around the future of health and social care, bringing ?6bn of health and social care budgets together under local control.While a platform had been...
Capital Ideas for Planning Change
Integrated reporting in the public sector could improve the planning of public services across changes in governments and assist in the allocation of scarce resources, experts at a groundbreaking conference have said.Speakers at the first meeting of...
Cipfa Events
CIPFA, the leading public finance and accountancy body, is the major event and course provider for the public services. Our events range from technical updates to conferences on strategic issues. Covering finance, governance and performance topics across...
Collaboration? It's Simple Really
Greater collaboration may hold the key to the future for public services in an era of diminishing resources. Aligning Local Public Services is the timely theme of this year's CIPFA conference. In the run-up, the institute is launching tools and guides...
Conferences
CIPFA hold key conferences across a range of areas from technical guidance to debate and food for thought provided by leading speakers, experts and commentators. Search under 'conferences' at www.cipfa.org/events for our full listing15 JULY, LONDONTreasury...
Dark Side of the Internet of Things
Google recently announced a new operating system, a tiny piece of software called Brillo, designed to connect everything to everything else. If you own an Android smartphone, any product loaded with Brillo will immediately appear on your phone. No installation,...
Defence and Deterrence
Armed with new and better methods of detecting welfare fraud, the government has said it is making it harder for benefit cheats to hide and more difficult for them to escape punishment. However, experts warn that the true extent of fraud - not only across...
Feeback
Please air your views via the comment facilities at publicfinance.co.uk or by email to feedback@publicfinance.co.ukYou get what you pay forEverything Rob Whiteman says in his article about the future of public services is 'true', but there is a bit he...
How to Keep Your Team on Track
As the public sector continues to change, the job of executive managers is to ensure that everyone is on top of their game, motivated and operating efficiently. Too often there are warning signals that the team is being 'derailed', which can result in...
In Brief
GOING STRAIGHT£3m deal boosts prison educationPrisoners in Northern Ireland are to be offered new education and training opportunities under a £3m deal with Belfast Metropolitan College and North West Regional College. Literacy, numeracy and vocational...
NHS Intervenes in Three Counties
NHS England is to intervene directly in the running of health services in three areas of England in an attempt to push through efficiency improvements.In a speech to the NHS Confederation's annual conference, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens...
Numbers Game
$100 trillionMegabucksThe largest banknote issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, worth about 26p when the currency was officially scrapped in June.Worrying trendsIn March 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) began regular polling...
Osborne 'Fixes Roof While Sun Shines'
George Osborne has proposed committing future governments to running a spending surplus when the economy grows as part of a 'new settlement' for the public finances.The chancellor set out a new fiscal mandate in his Mansion House speech on 10 June that...
Power to the People
A month after the election, parliament is consumed with debate about the major constitutional issues of where power lies between the nations of the UK and the country's relationship with the European Union. Resolution will alter the democratic landscape,...
Scottish Tsunami Still Making Waves
The shocks from the SNP's electoral 'tsunami', as the general election result is being called, continue to reverberate through Scottish public life.The only remaining Liberal Democrat MP, Alistair Carmichael, is facing legal action over statements made...
Select Committees 'Need to Be Sharper'
Parliamentary select committees must take a longer-term approach to scrutiny of government to improve the impact they have on the work of Whitehall, the Institute for Government has said.In a report examining the work of select committees in the last...
The £22Bn NHS Efficiency Challenge
Post-election, much has been made of the £8bn cash injection promised to the NHS over the next five years to help plug its £30bn funding gap. While this is welcome, the focus must now shift to the murkier issue of how the health service can achieve the...
The Integrated Man
Walk a short distance on from the eastern end of Princes Street in Edinburgh and you'll come to St Andrew's House, headquarters of the Scottish Government, a rather forbidding 1930s building cast in the dark stone that characterises the Scottish capital....
Two Sides of Sustainability
This year's CIPFA conference, taking place between 7 and 9 July, is entitled Aligning Public Services - forging a sustainable legacy. Sustainable, in this context, refers to the need to deliver adequate services in the face of declining resources.Collaboration...
UC Benefits Could Be Lost in Red Tape
Describing the introduction of Universal Credit (UC) as a big task would be an understatement. The most radical shake-up of the welfare system in at least a generation, it will fundamentally change the approach to improving living standards in the next...
Unhealthy Case of Supply and Demand
The NHS spent £3.35bn on agency staff in 2014/15, up 31% on 2013/14. Monitor and the Trust Development Authority, which regulate NHS hospitals, have linked escalating spending on agency staff to the deteriorating financial position in trusts. So Health...
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