Opinion

  • 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.
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    MIKE THATCHER | How bad can things get? That’s the question on everyone’s lips as unemployment tops the 2 million mark, public borrowing shoots through the roof – and the International Monetary...
  • Public Finance
    20 Mar 09
    DAVID LIPSEY | Thirty years ago, Downing Street (where I then worked) was in the grip of an economic crisis.
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 09
    PAUL MASON | When International Financial Reporting Standards come into full effect in 2010/11, local authorities will have to include a balance sheet of the position at April 1, 2009.
  • Public Finance
    13 Mar 09
    JOHN HEALEY | Council pensions have had an unfair press, says the local government minister.
  • 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...

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