Rob Whiteman, chief executive, Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy
We can view libraries as the canary in the coal mine for what is happening to our public services.
The chancellor seems not to understand there is simply not enough cash to sustain the expectations of public services
Local government must strengthen spending plans’ capacity to weather present and future risk
Despite the temptation, we should not begrudge the NHS in getting its new settlement, but instead consider where we as local authorities now stand.
We must improve our financial resilience in the face of never-ending austerity
Rob Whiteman: My key Carillion questions Subscription
The collapse of Carillion was an accident waiting to happen. This is no consolation to the thousands of employees and subcontractors who now face an uncertain future. But the warning bells of spiralling debts and unpaid subcontractor invoices relating to Carillion had been sounding for some time.
Interest rates are rising and we have a £1.8trillion national debt and the worst productivity growth since World War II.
Weakening the position of senior officers ultimately weakens members too
Whatever the challenges, a return to silos is not a viable option
Calling the snap general election back in April seemed at the time to make perfect sense for Theresa May.