It’s that time again…

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The latest issue of the Sockmonthly, my monthly newsletter, is hot off the press.

There’s talk of strategic planning in times of uncertainty, what makes local government tick and the importance of financial scrutiny.

We also discover why the best way to get more done is to spend some quality time doing nothing. There’s a round-up of interesting things I’ve come across. And the now-obligatory Labrador photo of the month.

Read this month’s Sockmonthly now. And if you like what you see, sign up here to get the next issue direct to your inbox.

An introduction to local government

Local government lies at the heart of the public services. Our councils play a vital role in keeping the wheels of society turning, yet they remain a mystery to many outside the sector. And to some in it.

So I’m writing an introductory guide to local government in England, which will explain what local government is, what it does and how it’s funded. It will explore what makes our councils tick. And it will, hopefully, give a flavour of the complex challenges that they face.

Because I’m writing the guide around my other work, I’m publishing each chapter as it’s ready. Otherwise, we might be waiting for some time. You can read what I’ve written so far, and learn about my plans for the rest of the guide, on my local government insight page.

Hot off the press

The latest issue of the Sockmonthly, my monthly newsletter, is hot off the press. With talk of business models, webinars, climate change… and penguins! Read it now. And if you like what you see, sign up here to get the next issue direct to your inbox. You’ll only hear from me once a month. And I’ll make a donation to a local charity for each new subscriber.

Improving financial management in local authorities

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The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has just published the guidance notes to accompany its new Financial Management Code. The guidance notes will help local authorities to improve further the robustness and resilience of their financial management arrangements. And I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to work with CIPFA to prepare them. Continue reading

Improvise, adapt and (hopefully) overcome

As the COVID-19 lockdown in the UK continues, it’s starting to look like our shared efforts are helping to mitigate the impact of the virus. But still the disease has taken, and will continue to take, its heavy toll. I’m heartened, though, by our ability to come together at this time of crisis. By our ability to improvise, to adapt and (hopefully) to overcome. Continue reading