PF Perspectives

  • 8 Jul 19
    In an increasingly complex world, with all the business risk associated with it, internal audit needs to adapt – and quickly
  • 5 Jul 19
    The auditing industry resembles a closed shop that polices itself, constantly blurs the line between providing and selling services, and is protected by government when things go wrong. There...
  • 5 Jul 19
    A number of high-profile business scandals has put auditing in the pillory. But a mixture of transparency, relevant skills and codes of practice – and good old-fashioned scepticism – can build back...
  • 5 Jul 19
    What are the challenges faced by those working within the new local audit landscape? And how can the industry create a sustainable market for the long term?
  • 5 Jul 19
    Independent information is crucial to helping policymakers sow the seeds of good government and weed out bad practice
  • 5 Jul 19
    Public audit needs to re-engage with taxpayers, become less technical and put its energies back into value for money.
  • 5 Jul 19
    Public audit must create a clear, concise dialogue with people to regain their confidence and call out abuse where it sees it. But to do this, its independence must be protected, because without it...
  • PF Perspectives: Max Caller
    2 Jul 19
    Max Caller asks if failures in local government are too easily blamed on a lack of due diligence, and whether it is really down to councillors’ political inexperience and not understanding...
  • 10 Oct 18
    Know your blockchain from your big data? Up to speed with predictive analytics and AI? CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman writes about the importance of digital transformation for the public sector....
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    10 Oct 18
    The government is committed to helping council leaders create agile digital services that serve citizens and bring down costs, says local government minister Rishi Sunak. 
  • 10 Oct 18
    Finance professionals need to be part of a wider transformation that is shaking up the role and purpose of government, says the RSA’s Matthew Taylor. 
  • Christina Thompson
    10 Oct 18
    Lambeth Council is using cloud technology to transform the way it delivers services, the local authority’s director of finance and property Christina Thompson explains. 
  • 10 Oct 18
    As new technologies develop, the role of the public finance professional is more important than ever, says the National Audit Office’s Max Tse. 
  • Grace Ma
    10 Oct 18
    Blockchain technology has great potential for public services – but it is not a silver bullet, says AID:Tech’s Grace Ma.
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    10 Oct 18
    Public sector leaders need to open up the discussion about how to make the sector’s cyber defences stronger, says Clare Gardiner.
  • Davies Bruce
    10 Oct 18
    Alternative financial models, driven by fintech, are creating new opportunities for public sector investment
  • Mcauley Mark
    10 Oct 18
    The public sector has come a long way on its digital transformation journey, but there are some tough challenges ahead, says CIPFA’s Mark McAuley. 
  • Matte June
    10 Oct 18
    The US city of Pittsburgh was forced by necessity to undergo technological transformation. Consultant June Matte asks how it was done. 
  • In a modern, relatively wealthy society, everyone should have the right to a safe and secure home. Yet all the evidence – not least the dramatic increase in people sleeping rough on our streets – demonstrates that this need is still a long way from being
    15 Mar 18
    Everyone should have the right to a safe and secure home. Yet all the evidence demonstrates that this need is still a long way from being met, says Sir Michael Lyons.
  • What can the government do to create a truly mixed economy of housing? Measures to improve affordability must be at the top of the agenda
    15 Mar 18
    What can the government do to create a truly mixed economy of housing? Measures to improve affordability must be at the top of the agenda, says Terrie Alafat. 
  • Local communities deserve the very highest standards of design in public housing. Councils have a crucial role to play in making that happen
    15 Mar 18
    Local communities deserve the very highest standards of design in public housing. Councils have a crucial role to play in making that happen, says Paul Karakusevic.
  • Many councils are returning to a direct role in local housing provision. This means grappling with planning issues and new forms of local authority ownership
    15 Mar 18
    Many councils are returning to a direct role in local housing provision. This means grappling with planning issues and new forms of local authority ownership, says Janice Morphet. 
  • First, the burnt-out shell of Grenfell Tower, tragic testimony to decades of neglect of social housing and an institutional failure to listen to the voice of tenants.
    14 Mar 18
    Two iconic images sum up the most extreme consequences of our dysfunctional housing system, says Rob Whiteman. 
  • Housing associations have the potential to deliver vastly more affordable homes. But first we must get back to the land issue
    13 Mar 18
    Housing associations have the potential to deliver vastly more affordable homes. But first we must get back to the land issue, says David Orr. 
  • Successful housing development involves using the distinctive qualities of the private and public sectors. Here’s how it’s done
    13 Mar 18
    Successful housing development involves using the distinctive qualities of the private and public sectors. Here’s how it’s done, says Natalie Elphicke. 

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