Opinion

  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 09
    MIKE THATCHER | It was billed by the prime minister as an opportunity to rethink the role of public services in light of the ‘biggest global financial market failure in history’.
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 09
    TONY TRAVERS | There is little doubt that the Office for National Statistics has problems.
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    I have to say that the cover of the February 20-26 edition of Public Finance (‘Saving Private Finance’) has to go down as the best and cleverest to date
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    Council tax is a most regressive form of taxation and, despite Alan Whitehead’s reference to the Lyons’ report, it is certainly far from being a yardstick of ability to pay
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    IAIN MACWHIRTER | The Scottish Labour Party has come into line with the other major parties in support of borrowing and tax-raising powers for Holyrood.
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    HARRIS BEIDER | US and British regeneration projects face similar deep-seated problems and can learn much from each other.
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    VIVIENNE RUSSELL | The Comprehensive Performance Assessment is dead. Long live the Comprehensive Area Assessment.
  • Public Finance
    6 Mar 09
    PETER RIDDELL | The media is full of gloomy stories about budget cutbacks and redundancies as the economy worsens.
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 09
    Reading your recent cover line ‘Busy doing nothing?’ on the Tories’ alternative economic strategy, I was rather looking forward to what I thought would be a forensic analysis from Policy Exchange of...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 09
    ANDREW COLLINGE | In last week’s PF, Labour MP Alan Whitehead proposed a points-based alternative to the council tax.
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 09
    COLIN TALBOT | The Cabinet secretary believes that mandarins’ crisis management abilities will mitigate the effects of the recession on the civil service.
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Taxpayers in England and Wales are far from happy. Not only are their jobs on the line and their homes at risk of repossession, but they also face council tax increases equivalent...
  • Public Finance
    27 Feb 09
    PHILIP JOHNSTON | In normal times, the Budget would be taking place in under a fortnight. The second week in March has become the Treasury’s favoured date over the years, to the annoyance of MPs...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 09
    CAREY OPPENHEIM | As unemployment rises, it is easy to point the finger at foreign workers.
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 09
    NIGEL KEOGH | The government this month launched a consultation on consolidating regulations for local government pension funds.
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Blink, and you might have missed it. This week the Conservatives launched Control shift, their long-trailed green paper on returning power to local communities. It generated only a...
  • Public Finance
    20 Feb 09
    HELEN DISNEY | Being in charge of welfare-to-work in a recession is something of a poisoned chalice. Nevertheless, the Conservative Party this week made the government’s welfare task even grimmer...
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 09
    AKASH PAUN | Central government has promised an equal relationship with its local counterparts through Local Area Agreements.
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 09
    MIKE THATCHER | The disgraced bankers hauled in front of the Treasury select committee this week knew the role they had to play. They were to offer heartfelt apologies and then prepare for a...
  • Public Finance
    13 Feb 09
    MELISSA BENN | The tone was positively Churchillian: ‘Britain can beat this… just like we’ve beaten everything else this world has thrown at us. We’ll win by pulling together, not by facing the...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    We owe a sincere vote of thanks to Ian Carruthers and his CIPFA panel for its hard work in producing the Statement on the role of the finance director
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    Peter Glynn raises an important point in how the public sector needs to re-evaluate its approach to realising benefits in times of a recession
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    COLIN TALBOT | Predictions of a ‘short, shallow downturn’ in the UK economy have been proved wide of the mark.
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    IAIN MACWHIRTER | When the Scottish opposition parties defeated the minority government’s budget, you would have expected them to push home their advantage, not rush to save both the Bill and the...
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    GRAHAM ALLEN | Youth problems are a drain on society and the taxpayer.

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