PF Perspectives

  • 24 Aug 20
    The impact of the pandemic will only escalate the long-overdue need for a change in approach to funding children’s services
  • 24 Aug 20
    Rebuilding a sustainable post-coronavirus economy requires an incresase in spending on improving the health of our poorest children
  • 24 Aug 20
    As more service users are brought into the process of designing services, funding decisions must be devolved to the local level
  • 24 Aug 20
    Councils across the UK are reaping benefits from collaborating with children and families in designing service provision 
  • 24 Aug 20
    A raft of evidence shows the importance of tackling poor housing conditions in preventing children needing support from local authority care services
  • 24 Aug 20
    The Covid-19 lockdown has propelled technology-enabled learning to the forefront of discussions on school education methods 
  • 24 Aug 20
    A tiered, whole-system approach is required to make the most of scarce resources in the face of acute service pressures
  • 24 Aug 20
    Commissioners of children’s services need to anticipate future demand to ensure ongoing resilience 
  • 5 Nov 19
    Did we throw out the scrutiny baby with the Audit Commission bathwater? Events suggest the need for a rethink
  • 4 Nov 19
    Councils must be at the centre of efforts to engage with local communities and restore public trust
  • 4 Nov 19
    Our cities and regions need a new constitutional settlement. One that really addresses the local democratic deficit
  • 4 Nov 19
    A new paradigm is needed for the successful delivery of public services. One that puts local communities firmly in the driving seat 
  • 4 Nov 19
    Councils can be powerful promoters of local economic development and social mobility. Here’s how 
  • 4 Nov 19
    To push the politics of place up the government’s agenda, finance leaders need to work across the wider public sector. And get the messaging right 
  • 4 Nov 19
    Northamptonshire Council’s financial collapse wasn’t inevitable. It ran out of money because it failed at the fundamentals 
  • 4 Nov 19
    Local authorities must raise their information game, to improve insight and better read the future for the benefit of local residents
  • 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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