Analysis

  • Yawning man
    23 May 16
    Facts and figures from the June 2016 edition of Public Finance magazine, on Freedom of Information requests, the relative popularity of chancellors of the Exchequer, ethnic minorities, GDP growth and...
  • Global warming - image: Nasa
    25 Apr 16
    Facts and figures from the May 2016 edition of Public Finance magazine, on public sector employment, academy enthusiasm, trust in government, city regions and Brexit
  • 20 Apr 16
    From next year, council tenants earning over a set amount will pay higher rents, with the extra amount going to the Treasury. This is punitive and will be a bureaucratic nightmare, critics say
  • 29 Mar 16
    The number of government departments in Northern Ireland is being reduced after the assembly elections, to both save money and reflect political changes. How much of a difference will this make in...
  • 21 Mar 16
    Facts and figures from April 2016’s Public Finance magazine, including town vs country priorities, interest rates, Northern Powerhouse prospects and Danish asylum seizures
  • 17 Feb 16
    Facts and figures from the March 2016 edition of Public Finance magazine, featuring public trust in officials, EU vs UK vs US employment trends, inflation, housebuilding and Brexit
  • Polling station
    19 Jan 16
    Facts and figures from the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Public Finance, including employment trends, pensions, cool welcomes across Europe, the perils of perception and a postmortem of election polling
  • 11 Jan 16
    Outcome-based commissioning could help make some public services more efficient as well as help develop new models of provision, experts at a CIPFA roundtable event have said.
  • 22 Oct 15
    A round-up of facts and figures from the November 2015 edition of Public Finance, looking at the living wage, apprenticeships versus degrees, the productivity puzzle and Brexit opinions
  • 1 Oct 15
    Facts and figures from the October 2015 edition of Public Finance, including tax avoidance, the public estate, hiring and firing rates, dissatisfaction with the EU and life peerages
  • 1 Sep 15
    Facts and figures from the September edition of Public Finance magazine, on social housing shortfalls, austerity’s trajectory, asylum seekers and foreign workers, and time lost to strikes
  • 23 Aug 15
    Facts and figures from the July/August of Public Finance, focusing on voter concerns, upcoming cuts, deflation and GDP
  • 20 Aug 15
    The summer Budget heralded the beginning of a new round of reform for the Local Government Pension Scheme. Funds are now working together in an effort to become masters of their own destiny
  • David Cameron has pledged the majority Conservative government will deliver a good life for everyone in the UK. Richard Johnstone looks at the party’s plans for the public finances now it is in sole control of Whitehall
    1 Jun 15
    David Cameron has pledged the majority Conservative government will deliver a good life for everyone in the UK. Richard Johnstone looks at the party’s plans for the public finances now it is in sole...
  • 28 Apr 15
    In a triple whammy, the government has cut town hall funding while creating additional costs and extra work for local authorities assisting people facing destitution.
  • Volunteers working at a food bank
    30 Mar 15
    Two years after a Private Member’s Bill put social value onto the statute book, Public Finance reports from a CIPFA summit to assess progress.
  • Running with Scissors cover
    20 Mar 15
    As the nation prepares for the polls, there’s a reluctance to discuss the details on cuts and funding of public services.
  • 19 Feb 15
    Councils are embracing a fundraising scheme that could save them nearly £1.5bn over 30 years even if they only refinance half their debt. Richard Johnstone on the first ever municipal bond issue
  • 19 Jan 15
    The minister says local authority funding is only being cut by an average 1.8%. But this includes ring-fenced money that makes it harder for councils to find savings
  • 5 Nov 14
    Withdrawal of Council Tax Benefit has resulted in a postcode lottery for households that can’t pay part of the bill. Local authorities are also feeling the effects, with arrears on the increase
  • Scottish flag
    3 Nov 14
    Scotland’s post-referendum debate has put the controversial funding mechanism back in the spotlight. However, its future looks uncertain
  • 23 Sep 14
    All but the poorest pensioners could be asked to contribute more under proposals for the biggest shake-up to the way health and social care is paid for since the NHS was founded
  • 3 Sep 14
    Fraud risks are becoming more challenging and complex yet much of the counter-fraud architecture has disappeared. Vivienne Russell reports on a CIPFA initiative to bridge the gap.
  • 12 Mar 14
    Audit committees give crucial advice to public bodies. New guidance from CIPFA shows how to make their meetings as productive as possible
  • 4 Oct 13
    Three consultations proposing key changes signal some important challenges ahead for the future direction of local government finance

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