Accountability

Lack of elections in Northamptonshire: An attack on local democracy?

10/05/2019

With a suggestion that local government reorganisation in Northamptonshire may not take place now until 2021, why were there no local elections in the county last week? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Watchdog calls for ‘fundamental change’ in Scottish councils

21/03/2019

Scottish councils need to change in order to address the growing gap between demand and resources, a local authority watchdog has warned.

Local authority business provision ‘lacks transparency’, MSPs say

20/02/2019

Scottish MSPs have criticised a local authority provision that helps businesses grow for lacking ‘transparency, accountability and alignment’.

Brokenshire in shared prosperity fund threat

15/11/2018

Communities secretary James Brokenshire has threatened to withhold the shared prosperity fund (SPF) from areas that fail to remove local enterprise partnership (LEP) overlaps.

Council threw £40m 'down the drain' in flawed Stadium investment

18/07/2018

An independent review has criticised Newham Council for investing £40m into the London Stadium, warning the decision was ‘flawed’.

Report scathing on public sector accountability

23/04/2018

Britain’s system of public sector accountability is failing to keep up with the realities of modern government, a think-tank has warned.

Ombudsman warns councils not to outsource responsibility

14/03/2018

Councils have been urged by the local government ombudsman to keep a ‘robust oversight’ of external contractors to ensure accountability is not lost.

Report demands new accountability powers for local government

26/02/2018

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.

Welsh councils must improve financial management, auditors say

26/01/2018

Local authorities in Wales need to improve the governance and financial management arrangements they have in place, Auditor concludes.

Welsh councils face accounting ‘challenges’ warns auditor

09/03/2017

Local government bodies in Wales ‘face challenges’ to improve and produce their accounts to meet statutory deadlines, auditor says.

Councils accused of ‘bending the rules’ on balance sheets

17/02/2017

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.

Deadline is looming for local government auditor appointments

06/02/2017

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.

Welsh community councils receiving ‘worrying’ amount of qualified audit opinions

31/01/2017

Too many Welsh community councils are receiving ‘avoidable’ qualified audit opinions, auditors say.

LEPs must be more transparent, says pressure group

20/12/2016

There should be more transparency in how taxpayers’ money is spent by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), pressure group urges.

MPs call for clarity over ‘high-risk’ devolution strategy

19/12/2016

The Government has failed to clearly define its objectives for devolution in England and must improve transparency about where taxpayers money is going, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) says.

Taxpayers denied full access to information on public spending

27/09/2016

The taxpayer is being prevented from fully scrutinising the way public funds are spent, anti-corruption group warns.

MPs warn devolution deals 'lack transparency'

01/07/2016

The government’s approach to devolution, including timetabling, accountability and transparency, have come under fire today in a new report from MPs.

Government looks to 'streamline' lending to local authorities

12/05/2016

The Government has pledged to modernise lending to local authorities, and has begun consultation on transferring the powers of the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) to the Treasury.

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The March issue of Local Government News explores alternative funding channels that are available to councils beyond the Public Works Loan Board, what hurdles merging councils face in coming together, and how local government is handling GDPR.

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