Opinion

  • 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
    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

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