Public Finance

Articles from No. 12, December

Ageing Population Is a Bigger Threat Than Brexit
The ageing population is a bigger challenge to public services than Brexit. That was the verdict of Scottish finance directors at CIPFA Scotland's annual public finance debate in Edinburgh on 9 November.Participants voted by a margin of more than two...
An Eye on It All
Good governance might seem an unlikely saviour. But that is what it was for Belfast Council's team driving through a project to deliver super-speed broadband to their city.The constantly changing programme involved lots of partners, all with their own...
A Sophisticated Approach to Risk
CIPFA is about to publish its updated Prudential Code for Capital Finance in Local Authorities and Treasury Management in the Public Services: Code of Practice and Cross-Sectoral Guidance Notes. At the same time, the Department of Communities & Local...
At the Fulcrum
Mike Driver has big plans for the finance function across Whitehall. He wants to organise it better, think more intelligently about its processes and introduce more collaboration."I believe that, if we're really going to change the way in which the function...
A Year That Trumped Many Others
01 In January, prime minister Theresa May became the first world leader to visit newly elected US president Donald Trump. What did she offer him?a) A private tour of 10 Downing Stb) A golfing holiday in Scotlandc) A weekend at Chequersd) A state visit02...
Call to Act Now to Replace EU Funds
* UK ministers should bring forward a replacement for European structural funding as soon as possible - and ensure it is generous and flexible enough to fit Scotland's circumstances, Scotland's economy secretary has said.Keith Brown, cabinet secretary...
Cipfa Events
CIPFA offers events around the UK to members and non-members alike. Our events range from small workshops for local CIPFA members through to large scale conferences aimed at professionals across most disciplines in the public sector. Below are the upcoming...
Deal with Brexit First
Running the government is more technical and complex than it used to be. In terms of driving efficiencies, the easier things have been done. To deliver further efficiencies or, indeed, just to move forward, we are now talking about very large, complex...
Districts Oppose a Unitary Shift
Six district councils could be about to disappear in Dorset - three of which would prefer to continue.There are proposals to create two unitary councils from the existing nine authorities. One would cover the coastal strip between Poole and Christchurch,...
Frauds and Fortunes
Fake news. That was the word of the year, according to the people at Collins dictionary. Reithian ideals appear to have given way to Russian bots. Theresa May suggested as much recently when she told the Lord Mayor's banquet that Russia was "weaponising...
Housing Biggest Area of Council Fraud
Housing continues to account for the highest value type of fraud for local authorities in Great Britain, rising from ?202m last year to ?263m in 2016-17, writes Emily Twinch.This is according to CIPFA's annual Fraud and Corruption Tracker due out as...
How to Address Common Types of Unhealthy Team Conflict
Conflict in the workplace is rife, whether it's power struggles within teams, personality clashes or arguing over who gets the desk nearest the window.It's bad for both the people and the organisation. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel...
Hub Exceeds Expectations in Finding Council Fraud
The pioneering London Counter Fraud Hub has uncovered far more cases of potential fraud than anticipated, early results showThe hub is an ambitious data-sharing project led by Ealing Council and London Councils. CIPFA runs the project together with partners...
In Brief
HEALTHCAREBenefits of protecting health cash disputedHealth and wellbeing In Wales is at risk despite budget plans to continue to ringfence NHS spending, the Institute of Welsh Affairs has told the country's government. The thinktank said this decision...
It No Longer Rains but Pours Data
According to the Paradise Papers, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton allegedly received a ?3.3m VAT refund by importing an executive jet into Europe via the Isle of Man; there is no suggestion he acted illegally. This is just one of thousands of leaked...
Land at the Heart
The size of the NHS estate in England is hard to grasp. Provider trusts occupy 6,500 hectares of land and there are more than 7,600 GP practices, many of them in properties owned by the GPs themselves.A fifth of the property occupied by healthcare providers...
Let People Think and Robots Do
Addressing the Health and Care Innovation Expo in Manchester earlier this year, the health secretary Jeremy Hunt outlined the digital standards he expects to see in place for all NHS patients by the end of 2018.And he is right. In today's world, where...
MPs Call for Laws to End Tax Dodging in UK and Abroad
The government must step up its efforts to tackle tax dodging to ensure funding is not lost to public services, Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge said at an emergency Commons debate on the Paradise Papers.During the 14 November debate, MPs called on the...
Mystery Money
Late in October, global financial advisory firm Appleby posted a curious statement on its website, stating it had been contacted by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) regarding a massive data leak from its offices. The strength...
Nearly Half of EU Doctors Could Leave
Uncertainty over Brexit is driving EU doctors to think about leaving the UK, according to the British Medical Association.A survey by the doctors' trade union found 45% of 1,700 European Economic Area doctors were considering moving to another country,...
Numbers Game
595 infectionsRansomware at the doctor'sNearly 600 GP practices were affected by the WannaCry cyberattack that hit the NHS in May. An National Audit Office study also found that at least 81 out of 236 English trusts were infected, although the Department...
RBKC Spots Signs of Grenfell Recovery
By PF reportersThe Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea said the "green shoots of recovery are growing" after the communities secretary released a report saying it had "failed its community" on the night of the Grenfell Tower fire.Sajid Javid warned...
Shock Answer
I have been involved in a project involving 45 local authorities in 11 countries to better understand how they deployed and developed capacity to deal with financial shocks and austerity following the financial crisis. The effects of these events varied,...
Standard Issued but Far from Set
An international accounting standard has been released for consultation after almost 16 years of preparation but - in a first - an alternative view is included.The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board released its social benefits accounting...
Strength in Unity - or Loss?
When residents in Suffolk Coastal and Waveney were asked whether their councils should merge, there was some surprise the question was even being put to them.Many were under the impression that, after nearly a decade of the district councils sharing...
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