There is a growing view among organisations that business rates as they stand aren’t fit for purpose. But the last big reform of local government tax ended in riots. Can it be done?
Our chart this week compares the differences in the tax payable depending on legal form – an area ripe for reform in theory, but much more difficult in practice.
With the pandemic increasing pressure on public finances, could this prompt overdue discussions on tax reform? ICAEW's Head of Tax Frank Haskew and independent adviser Martin Wheatcroft reflect on recent announcements and challenges facing the Chancellor.
A recent legal battle over the transparency of Thurrock Council’s £815m debt-leveraged investments in solar power bonds highlights the importance of understanding and managing balance sheet risk in the public sector.
Audit Wales reports that the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect programme has developed well and effectively learnt lessons from earlier peaks of COVID-19.
This week’s chart examines how France inserted a layer of regional administration between the national government in Paris and the 96 departments in mainland France and Corsica.
Nuneaton town centre is earmarked for transformation following significant government funding and the launch of 11 associated initiatives. This is what reimagining a local economy really looks like.
Procurement fraud deprives the public purse of an estimated £12.3bn a year. We speak to Crowe Partner Jim Gee about why investing in strong anti-fraud strategies is good business and ethical sense.
Understand how the work of the National Infrastructure Commission might practically impact on infrastructure and investment decisions.
Local authorities across the UK are facing a grave threat to their finances.
More than eight out of 10 English councils providing adult social care services are at technical risk of bankruptcy.
Policymakers should ensure the burden of rebuilding is shared equally and not unfairly borne by the young, writes Mark Rowland.
This free series of webinars aims to raise awareness of what acting as a NED in the Public Sector really means, the types of roles available and the process of becoming a NED. There are many benefits that ACA qualified accountants can reap from the variety of roles available, learn what you could get out of giving something back.
Government financial support in response to the pandemic has created ideal conditions for fraud to flourish around the world. Once again, accountants are on the frontline, finds Christian Doherty.
Alison Ring FCA, ICAEW Director, Public Sector, discusses why she is aiming to make the public sector more of a mainstream option for accountants.
ICAEW welcomes the publication of the Whole of Government Accounts for 2018-19, the UK Government’s annual financial report for the year ended 31 March 2019.