Public Finance

Articles from October 2010

A Case of Wrongful Arrest?
For a quango singled out for abolition, there is a striking sense of purpose about the National Police Improvement Agency. The body was given just two years to live in a consultation paper published by Home Secretary Theresa May in advance of the Comprehensive...
Chequebook Politics
It's not just 'the size of the cheque we give people' that matters, Prime Minister David Cameron told us this week in Birmingham.Yes, but it helps. As the coalition is rapidly finding out, a large chunk of Middle England thinks that losing thousands...
Council Homes Still 'Need £6Bn to Meet Decency Standards'
Councils are urging ministers not to cut capital grants for social housing, warning that a failure to invest now will only increase costs in the long term.The calls, made in the Local Government Association's October 8 document, Council housing - efficient,...
DCLG Minister Stands by 'Radical' Benefit Reforms
Local government rninister Bob Neill has defended coalition plans to introduce benefit limits as 'necessary and fair'.Councils are to have a major role in pushing through the controversial benefits cap, which will ensure state support to out-of-work...
Estate of the Nation
How can a council achieve real physical change at the same time as making unprecedented cuts? How do you facilitate regeneration when grants are shrinking?One area to look for answers to these questions is in an authority's assets. The recent establishment...
Gove to Give All Schools More Freedom and Fewer Inspections
Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged greater freedoms for all state schools, not only those independent of local authority control.And in his main conference address on October 5, he promised a curriculum that put greater emphasis on English...
Most UK Local Authorities Meet CRC Deadlines
All but 48 UK councils registered on time for the mandatory Carbon Reduction Commitment energy efficiency scheme - but officials in charge of the system have pledged a light- touch approach to those falling behind.The deadline for signing up to the CRC...
Neill Backs Place-Based Budgeting
Total-Place style budgeting received a firm endorsement from local government minister Bob Neill at the Conservative Party conference this week.Speaking at a fringe event on October 4, Neill said the coalition wanted to follow through with place-based...
Reviewing the Situation
CHANCELLOR GEORGE OSBORNE'S Spending Review statement on October 20 is only the beginning, not the end. For most Whitehall departments, local authorities, schools, hospitals and GPs, the Osborne announcement will be just the start of a long process of...
Scots Free Travel Scheme Open to Fraud and Error, Say Auditors
Scotland's free bus travel scheme for older and disabled people is open to error and fraud because of inadequate planning, according to a public spending watchdog.In a report published on October 7, Audit Scotland said the national concessionary travel...
Scottish Councils Set to Pioneer Local Tax Increment Financing
Councils in Scotland are to pioneer Tax Increment Financing to fund infrastructure schemes aimed at encouraging economic development.Edinburgh and Aberdeen city councils have agreed to use the system, which allows local authorities to borrow for projects...
Suffolk Deputy Leader Defends Wholesale Outsourcing Plans
Outsourcing almost all services at Suffolk County Council will not be 'a quick fix', but councillors were left with no other option, Public Finance has been told.Jane Storey, deputy leader of the Conservative-run council, defended criticism that offloading...
The Final Frontier
ITS A SAFE bet that finance departments' annual leave calendars will be pretty full after July I next year.The day before is the deadline for councils, fire & rescue and police authorities to complete their first set of financial statements compliant...
There Is an Alternative
IF THERE IS one obsession in public finance today, it is the forthcoming cuts. In Whitehall, there is talk of little else. In local authorities, quangos and other agencies, the ramifications are feared and plans are being made for the post-Spending Review...
When the Brakes Come Off
UKE AN unstoppable train in a disaster movie, the Comprehensive Spending Review is hurtling towards us and we anticipate the crash with a mixture of fear and excitement. But maybe we hope and fear too much.Many people expect the full extent of the cutbacks...
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