Opinion

  • Public Finance
    17 Apr 09
    HELEN DISNEY | Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s government these days brings to mind the image of the proverbial headless chicken. It keeps on running wildly, lurching from side to side, even after...
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    In a recent Public Domain column, Colin Talbot discussed the prospects for light-touch regulation in the public sector
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    Where on earth has local government minister John Healey been to form the view that the Local Government Pension Scheme is sustained by actuarially-based contributions?
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    My initial response to the suggestion by Gary Simmons that the local government pension scheme should become unfunded (pay as you go) was incredulity
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    I agree with Gary Simmons that local government pensions should be unfunded
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    Paul Cook hits the spot. While global finance goes into meltdown, we have to count up the number of hours of unused flexitime and annual leave as of March 31
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    VIVIENNE RUSSELL | Public sector pay made a dramatic return as one of the nation’s favourite political footballs this week.
  • Public Finance
    10 Apr 09
    PETER HETHERINGTON | For those children of Thatcherism fed on a diet of red-blooded capitalism, civic entrepreneurship — indeed, anything reeking of public sector initiative — was seen as an...
  • Public Finance
    9 Apr 09
    RHIANNON SOPER | The first quality assurance visits to CIPFA members who provide accountancy services to third parties have been a success.
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    Iain Macwhirter completely misrepresents the Scottish Labour Party’s submission to the Calman Commission
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    It was interesting to read that the government has lent its support to the idea of a Post Office ‘people’s bank’
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    All over England, accounts closing meetings have been convened and closing programmes have been dusted down.
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    IAIN MACWHIRTER | Peace has broken out in Holyrood.
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Presidents and prime ministers found their way to London this week to discuss ways to save the global economy. Up for discussion were bail-outs, fiscal stimuli and greater...
  • Public Finance
    3 Apr 09
    PETER WILBY | The phrase ‘two nations’, which dates back to the title of a novel by former prime minister Benjamin Disraeli, used to mean rich and poor, North and South or rural and urban. Now it...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 09
    MARK HORSFIELD | Councils rely heavily on the income generated by their investments, but a fall in the interest rate has stemmed this revenue stream.
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 09
    COLIN TALBOT | While ministers impose tougher constraints on the financial sector, a government paper promises to reduce the regulatory burden on the public sector.
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 09
    MIKE THATCHER | It is not uncommon for local authorities to take umbrage at Audit Commission reports. The watchdog often finds itself under fire for imposing excessive bureaucracy, for being too...
  • Public Finance
    27 Mar 09
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | Around Whitehall, Hazel Blears and Phil Woolas are increasingly known as the good cop/bad cop pair when it comes to immigration.
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    I agree that those of us who believe in ‘good, politically neutral statistics’ should support Karen Dunnell, the head of the Office for National Statistics.
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    It is a bit ironic for Steve Bundred of the Audit Commission to be warning us to prepare for cuts in public spending
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    From a professional viewpoint, I welcome yet another challenge that local government accountancy colleagues will meet with vigour and resolve.
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    JOHN THORTON | PF’s new monthly column aims to cut through the IT hype and suggest new ways of using technology in public services.
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    TERESA PAYNE | Great progress has been made by many councils in the seven years since the launch of Comprehensive Performance Assessments.

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