PF Perspectives

  • 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. 
  • Investment in social housing is vital for economic sustainability. The housing revenue account must demonstrate this
    13 Mar 18
    Investment in social housing is vital for economic sustainability. The housing revenue account must demonstrate this, says Ken Lee. 
  • The home-owning democracy has gone into steep decline. And politicians are not being decisive enough about dealing with it
    13 Mar 18
    The home-owning democracy has gone into steep decline. And politicians are not being decisive enough about dealing with it, says Liam Booth-Smith.
  •  What factors are responsible for the lack of affordable new homes? And does government intervention in the market help – or just push  up prices more?
    13 Mar 18
    What factors are responsible for the lack of affordable new homes? And does government intervention in the market help – or just push up prices more? asks Richard Disney.
  • Poverty has doubled among private tenants within a decade – a big factor in rising homelessness. What is to be done?
    13 Mar 18
    Poverty has doubled among private tenants within a decade – a big factor in rising homelessness. What is to be done? asks Brian Robson.
  • The housing and health sectors need to align their services more closely, to house essential workers and improve the patient experience
    13 Mar 18
    The housing and health sectors need to align their services more closely, to house essential workers and improve the patient experience, says Andrew Van Doorn. 
  • 19 Sep 17
    A robust counter-fraud strategy is being developed by government, to tackle the new threats faced by public services
  • 19 Sep 17
    Tax fraud deprives public services of much-needed revenue. It needs to be tackled more effectively
  • 19 Sep 17
    Some of the biggest public sector fraud hazards come from within organisations. It’s time to openly confront the issue
  • 19 Sep 17
    Tackling fraud is the responsibility of everyone, whether in the biggest or the smallest organisations. So why isn’t it higher up board room agendas?
  • 18 Sep 17
    Scammers are constantly devising new ways to steal money and data. Public sector organisations and their staff need to keep up to speed with the risks
  • 18 Sep 17
    Public sector fraud and corruption need to be exposed. So how do we take the fear out of whistleblowing?
  • 18 Sep 17
    In an era of increased data sharing, how can public sector organisations minimise the risks to individuals and organisations?
  • 18 Sep 17
    What is the OECD doing to combat fraud and corruption globally? PF Perspectives asked its deputy head of public sector integrity for his views
  • 18 Sep 17
    Fraud, bribery and corruption cause untold misery and hardship and destroy trust. Accountants can play a key role in tackling these crimes
  • 18 Sep 17
    Austerity has produced some unintended consequences, including local authorities upping their game when it comes to preventing and detecting fraud
  • 18 Sep 17
    With fraud now the most commonly experienced criminal offence, all organisations need to assess their risks and be active in seeking it out
  • 14 Sep 17
    Fraud is a massive and growing problem. Yet it rarely gets the public attention it deserves.
  • Margaret Hodge
    25 Aug 17
    Tax fraud deprives public services of much-needed revenue. It needs to be tackled more effectively

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