Opinion

  • 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.
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    MIKE THATCHER | This week’s extreme ‘snow event’ temporarily distracted attention away from that other extraordinary and exceptional mishap – the complete meltdown of the economy.
  • Public Finance
    6 Feb 09
    DAVID LIPSEY | Politics has few more frightening sights than Business Secretary Peter Mandelson in contempt mode.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 09
    IAN CARRUTHERS | The role of the public service finance director has steadily evolved and is now more important than ever.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Another week, another bail-out. But this time it was the car industry that benefited from a government desperate to be seen to be doing something as the economy collapses.
  • Public Finance
    30 Jan 09
    VICTORIA MACDONALD | At a recent lunch for journalists in the House of Commons, Health Secretary Alan Johnson joked that under the new NHS Constitution ‘the broccoli police’ would not be sent in to...
  • Public Finance
    29 Jan 09
    GAIL CARTMAIL | Public sector pensions have long been a target of attack for business leaders.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 09
    IAN O'DONNELL | Organisations can potentially lose millions of pounds through fraud.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 09
    RAY JONES | The media frenzy against social workers that started with the death of Baby P has missed the point.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 09
    MIKE THATCHER | Many of the challenges to the US economy articulated so eloquently by Barack Obama in his inauguration speech could equally be applied to the UK.
  • Public Finance
    23 Jan 09
    PETER WILBY | One strength of the US system of government is that it allows, from time to time, a completely fresh start.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    The charges against International Financial Reporting Standards and International Public Sector Accounting Standards — that they produce confusing and even inaccurate accounts — are not entirely the...
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    PAUL O'BRIEN | PF’s round table on outsourcing discussed burning issues for the future of public services.
  • Public Finance
    16 Jan 09
    PETER MARSH | Public participation should not be limited to TV talent shows.

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