Public Finance

Articles from No. 5, May

A Failure of Culture?
Very recent events suggest there is work to be done if Lord Nolan's Seven Principles of Public Life are not to be taken for granted. But how do you go beyond tick-boxes?Next year it will be 20 years since Lord Nolan first set down the Seven Principles...
Bad Service? Blame the System
The way in which we deliver our public services means that the most vulnerable and those with complex problems inevitably get a raw deal. And yet we seem incapable of changing.For a start, when services are deemed to be unsatisfactory we still see structural,...
'Beware of People with Big Bang Solutions'
mgel edwards is two days into his new job and faces the full Public Finance entourage. Invading the Nuffield TrusfsJmp re s s ive headquarters in central London, writer, photographer and photographer's assistant take over the 'dining room' ready for...
Charitable Obligations
charities in one form or another have been around for hundreds of years; indeed England's oldest continuing almshouse, The Hospital of St Cross in Winchester, Hampshire, was founded in the 1130s. Since then, charitable activity has grown considerably,...
CIPFA Events
CIPFA, the leading public finance and accountancy body, is the major event and course providerforthe public services. Our events range from tech nica I updates to conferences on strategic issues. Coveringfinance, governance and performance topics across...
Cities Guru Calls for More Fiscal Freedom
Increased fiscal devolution to cities is a 'necessity' to boost the growth rate of the UK, a leading economist examining plans to increase the powers of municipalities has told Public Finance.Jim O'Neill, the chair of the City Growth Commission established...
Coming Up
NIGHT COVERNational Audit Office inspectors will evaluate how well out-ofhours GP services across England are performingand how effectively clinical commissioning groups are managing the contracts. GPs have been able to opt of organising out-of-hours...
Conferences
CIPFA runs key conferences across a range of areas, from technical guidance to debate, with food for thought provided by leading speakers, experts and commentators. Search under 'conferences' at www.cipfa.org/events for our full listing.May 14 -15 WinchesterAudit...
Counting Down to Polling Day
This year's local elections are, alongside the vote for the European Parliament, the parties' last big political test before next year's general electioaVotes taking place on May 22, including all-out polls in 32 London boroughs, will also gauge popular...
Devolution Revolution?
Whatever the result of Scotland's independence referendum, greater devolution would seem to be inevitable across the UK.As Iain Macwhirter points out in this month's cover feature (pages 24-29), a No vote on September 18 will trigger a number of compromise...
How to Build Your Personal Brand
The widespread belief used to be that if you do your best at work someone will notice. In many cases, unfortunately, that is not enough. Changes in technology, the organisation and the economy have led a growing number of people to realise that if they...
New Age of the Machines
in march, the prime minister announced funding of £73m to 'put the boosters' under research into technologies that support the Internet of Things and help the UK to take the lead in what he described as a new industrial revolution. What is the IoT and...
Nobody Likes Us
Election season is upon us. This month there will be a UK-wide vote for the European parliament alongside mainly city-based local polls. The 11 new councils in Northern Ireland will also be elected, in shadow form. In Scotland, on 18 September, the most...
Numbers Game
The UK economy continues to show robust health, with the jobless total falling to a five-year low and average earnings growth finally matching increases in inflation.Unemployment fell by 77,000 to reach 2,243,000 in the quarter to February 2014. Meanwhile,...
Putting the Public into Health
It has been one year since the transfer of public health responsibilities from the NHS back to where it belongs in local government. This change represents the greatest opportunity to improve the public's health in 40 years. Councils are best placed...
Race to Invest Given £1Bn Boost
International investors look to be taking Scotland's increasingly fractious independence debate in their stride, according to the Scottish Futures Trust.The trust, set up to develop alternatives to the Private Finance Initiative model, is non-partisan,...
Rainy Day Man
who knew that annuity drawdowns, pension accrual rates - and all the other arcane paraphernalia associated with retirement planning - could be this thrilling?Until the chancellor dropped his pension reform bombshell in the March 19 Budget, few people...
Spending Chief Signals 'Squeeze' on Whitehall Pay
There are 'inexplicable' differences in pay across the civil service that need to be examined as part of the government's deficit reduction programme, a senior Treasury figure has said.Speaking at CIPFA's World Class Performance Symposium on April 3,...
Taking It to the Max?
THE UNIONIST CAMPAIGN against Scottish independence isn't going to plan. George Osborne's rejection of the Scottish National Party's plan for monetary union with an independent Scotland may even have backfired. In a Yougov/Times opinion poll at the end...
That's Why Councils Went to Iceland
with councils set to recoup the majority of the deposits initially lost when Iceland's leading banks collapsed, some four years before the recovery of funds had been predicted, the work of the Local Government Association and local authorities can be...
The SILK ROAD
the welsh assembly Government had to wait 12 long months before Westminster responded to the Silk Commission's proposals on devolution of fiscal powers to the nation.Cardiff had hoped for a response in spring 2013, but it was November before David Cameron...
Treasury Guidance to Help Councils Make Reform Case
A new government tool to improve the cost-benefit analysis of public service reforms could help councils make the case for local changes that improve provision and cut costs, according to a sen tor figure involved in its development.The government published...
Voice of the Nations: In Brief
CREATIVE THINKINGStability for arts fundingCreative Scotland has published a 10-year plan aimed at restructuring public support for the creative industries. It aims to create new stability in support for Scotland's arts companies by establishing a £90m...
Wanted: Local Vision
The Labour leader has made a start with proposals for enterprise and extra ministers for the regions, but a permanent shift of power out of Whitehall is neededEd Miliband's announcement on boosting local enterprise partnerships and appointing Whitehall...
Watchdog Watch
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF REGULATION AND INSPECTIONAudit CommissionNew outsourced audit contracts could save local authorities as much as £80m by the end of the decade as a result of lower fees, the Audit Commission announced.The commission has...
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