David Walker

Public audit will soon need a spring clean


John Tizard and David Walker make the case for a new way of auditing how public money is spent that uses evidence before spending decisions are made.

Importance of imparting information


‘Town hall Pravdas’? No. Information is the lifeblood of local government and constricting its flow will cause injury and even death, writes David Walker

Where else to turn?


Only local authorities have the flexibility and common sense to organise the practical help communities need during times of crisis, says David Walker

A reality check for localism


The Dilnot report is a ‘1948 moment’ as it favours finding a centralist solution to social care rather than making it to a truly local responsibility, says David Walker.

Making room at the top


The new leader of the Local Government Association will face an uphill battle making sure its voice commands the attention of Government, says David Walker.

Seize the time


The civil service is at a low ebb. Morale is at rock bottom and ministers are moaning, but the worst thing is the realisation in Whitehall that prime minister David Cameron’s criticisms contain a grain of truth. And it’s all the fault of local govern

Mapping out needs


Poverty and affluence exist side in many areas leaving councils with little choice but to act as local instruments of social justice, suggests David Walker

Peering into the abyss


Councils are not all identical when it comes to assessing needs and resources, so even the best-laid plans for self-regulation could lead to splits in local government, suggests David Walker

What will happen to auditing once the commission exits?


As the fall-out from the proposed abolition of the Audit Commission rumbles on, David Walker, former communication chief, gives his own take on what happens next.

Why the CAA died friendless


The Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) was launched 12 months ago – and scrapped six months later. David Walker gives his view why the CAA was buried with hardly a murmur of dissent from the sector

Don’t shoot the messenger


As the LGA announces it is no longer planning to recruit a communications director, David Walker – one himself – says now is not the time to downgrade the function

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