Public Finance

Articles from No. 10, October

Africa on the Move
Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred Waterfront or Zanzibar packed with tourists, a bustling marketplace in Kigali, thousands of oil and gas workers arriving at Lagos International Airport in Nigeria. Such images - positive, vibrant and energising - offer...
Barker Offers Radical Prescripton for Care
The debate on how we pay for social care continues to evolve. It's now more than three years since economist Andrew Dilnot delivered a highly praised report on how social care might be funded. His conclusions attracted significant consensus, and many...
Blue Light Integration 'May Lead to Police Mergers'
A former policing minister has said plans to further integrate emergency services could eventually lead to force mergers, but insisted these would be determined locally rather than imposed by Westminster.Speaking to Public Finance, Damian Green, who...
Change at the Chalkface
david cameron'S replacement of Michael Gove with Nicky Morgan as education secretary caused consternation among reformers whilst exciting enthusiasm in many staffrooms. Reformers fear his changes will be watered down by his successor; many teachers hope...
CIPFA Events
GPFA, 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. GDveringfinance, governance and performance topics across...
CIPFA to Advise on Budget
The Welsh National Assembly's Finance Committee has turned to Scotland, and to CIPFA, for specialist counsel in scrutinising the Welsh Government's 2015/16 Budget.Don Peebles, head of CIPFA's Scottish operations and of Devolved Government, took on a...
Clegg Backs Town Hall 'Freedom from Dank Vaults' of Treasury
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has indicated he would back a new constitutional settlement between central and local government that would lead to greater fiscal decentralisation across England.Speaking to Public Finance, Clegg said the coalition government...
Coming Up
POLICE REVIEWHM Inspectorate of Constabulary will give final details of changes to performance measurement for police forces later this year. The watchdog has proposed a programme of inspections, known as PEEL, to examine police efficiency, effectiveness...
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.clpfa.org/events for our full listing.9 October LondonCIPFA...
Councils 'Have the Cash for Care Act'
Health minister Dan Poulter has insisted implementation of a host of reforms to social care will not place undue pressure on local authority budgets at a time of binding constraints in town halls.Speaking to Public Finance, Poulter said the Care Act...
In Brief
FIVE BECOMES ONEO'Dowd wins reform agreementNorthern Ireland education minister John O'Dowd has confirmed that a single body will replace the province's five education and library boards. Plans for the Education and Skills Authority had been delayed...
Look North
THE POWERHOUSE OF LONDON dominates more and more. And that's not healthy for our economy. It's not good for our country. We need a Northern Powerhouse too.' So said George Osborne at a speech at Manchester's Museum of Science and Industry in June. Some...
Northern Exposure
Let's have a heated debate, as Mrs Merton used to say. And heated the Scottish independence debate has certainly been. Politicians who moan about the apathy of the electorate have been shaken by the passions expressed in the referendum campaign.As PF...
Numbers Game
July was another month of healthy recovery for the UK job market and ministers were quick to highlight a series of positive statistics.Unemployment continued to decline, hitting 6.2%, the lowest level for six years, while the number of people claiming...
Opinion Letters
Shires will pay the price for focus on cities'New money, new infrastructure, new transport, and real new civic power too'. Sounds great! And, according to George Osborne, that's what's on offer in this year's Autumn Statement. But only, it seems, if...
That Sinking Feeling
local government faces unprecedented financial challenges. We are, at best, halfway through the longest period of austerity the country has ever known with a future of continuing constraint to follow. At the same time as downward pressures on budgets...
The Spectre Haunting Politics
It's called Europe and, despite David Cameron's best efforts, the issue is proving toxic for the Conservatives and wider Westminster politicsThe defection of Tory MP Douglas Carswell to Ukip has brought to life once again the power of Europe to shake...
Tweeting about a Revolution
What used to be called the water-cooler moment could now more rightly be called the Twitter or Facebook moment Staff are now as likely to pick up news or gossip about where they work from email or social media as from official communications or colleagues.Where...
Watchdog Watch
WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD OF REGULATION AND INSPECTIONNational Audit OfficeThe government still has a long way to go before it has proper control of the £40bn it spends annually on contracts with the private sector, the National Audit Office has said.Auditors...
We Have the Technology
A health website initially developed by researchers at Boston Children's Hospital in their spare time claims to have identified the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a week before it was officially identified by the World Health Organisation. HealthMap detects...
We're Avoiding the Tough Choices
I recently heard about a senior journalist who, stepping into a new role analysing Westminster politics, said they had no time for the usual political gossip. While many colleagues might still be obsessed with the comings and goings of politics, there...
What about the Workers?
TODAY'S PUBLIC SECTOR employees have experienced unprecedented structural and organisational change in local government. According to recent research by Zurich Municipal, amid challenging budget cuts, job losses and pay freezes, local authorities have...
Whole Numbers
THE WHOLE OF Government Accounts is a project familiar to a large cross-section of people across the public sector. But what exactly is it, where is it going, and how can it support the management of the public finances?WGA is a comprehensive, audited...
Zero Pay Intolerance
the coalition's policy on pay is the most restrictive in the history of the public sector. Pay settlements have been held at zero or 1% since 2010, and look set to remain at these levels until 2016 at least. This is despite an improved economy, and a...
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