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Scottish MSPs have criticised a local authority provision that helps businesses grow for lacking ‘transparency, accountability and alignment’.
Communities secretary James Brokenshire has threatened to withhold the shared prosperity fund (SPF) from areas that fail to remove local enterprise partnership (LEP) overlaps.
An independent review has criticised Newham Council for investing £40m into the London Stadium, warning the decision was ‘flawed’.
Britain’s system of public sector accountability is failing to keep up with the realities of modern government, a think-tank has warned.
Councils have been urged by the local government ombudsman to keep a ‘robust oversight’ of external contractors to ensure accountability is not lost.
Academics have demanded a raft of tools to enable local government to hold to account the ‘chaotic network’ of agencies involved in providing public services.
Local authorities in Wales need to improve the governance and financial management arrangements they have in place, Auditor concludes.
Local government bodies in Wales ‘face challenges’ to improve and produce their accounts to meet statutory deadlines, auditor says.
Councils are trying to hide the dire state of their finances by 'bending the rules' on their balance sheets, finance chief Rob Whiteman has claimed.
Stephen Sellers explains the three main routes that local government can take when appointing an auditor and provides guidance on what authorities must do to comply with the regulations.