Local Government

Jeremy Newman

Three firms pick up remaining Audit Commission work

BDO, KPMG and EY pick up remaining local government Audit Commission contracts

02 Apr 2014

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Cameron offers councils fracking tax boost

Councils will be permitted to keep all the business rates revenue gleaned from shale gas companies

13 Jan 2014

Scott Barnes chief executive of Grant Thornton

Scott Barnes: Grant Thornton to answer £500m question

In an interview with Accountancy Age, Scott Barnes outlines how the firm grew in the last year - and its strong prospects for 2013/14

07 Oct 2013

Doncaster Council revamps finance system in efficiency drive

Doncaster Borough Council introduces Advanced Business Solutions IT system as it replaces existing fragmented finance technology

01 Oct 2013

NAO qualifies local government accounts

Department for Communities and Local Government accounts qualified following spending breaches

02 Jul 2013

Smaller consultancies thrive as emerging markets beckon

Smaller management consultancies picking up specialist work as companies look to take advantage of emerging markets

29 May 2013

Local Audit Bill has “gaping holes”, says Hodge

Arrangements set out in Local Audit Bill "will result in a more complex and fragmented audit regime", says Margaret Hodge

18 Jan 2013

ICAEW urges local audit cost rethink

Government must ensure firms are paid when they conduct a public interest report to hold local authorities accountable

21 Nov 2012

Newman confirmed as Audit Commission chairman

Eric Pickles confirms Newman as the man to wind down the Audit Commission

19 Sep 2012

Local government pensions: The seven main changes

New local government pension scheme details revealed

06 Jun 2012

Cameron - who has the most important job of all?

Bobby Lane believes accountants have done more than the government in helping nurture and protect businesses

09 May 2012

Boris' accountant speaks out over Livingstone tax clash

Boris Johnson's advisor refutes claims that his client's tax affairs are similar to mayoral rival Ken Livingstone

04 Apr 2012

Councils to choose their own auditors, DCLG confirms

Government publishes proposals on next steps post-Audit Commission

05 Jan 2012

Local government IFRS adoption 'a significant challenge'

Local government has coped well will the "significant challenge" of global accounting standards, watchdog concludes

14 Dec 2011

NAO: Government accounts need improvement

Comptroller and auditor general qualifies first 'whole of government' accounts for its exclusion of controlled bodies such as nationalised banks

29 Nov 2011

Tax breaks for SME lenders, urges FPB

Forum of Private Business calls on the government to encourage alternative lending to SMEs through tax breaks

23 Nov 2011

Optimal budgeting 'essential' as council funding down 11.8%

CIPFA and the Audit Committee underline importance of budgeting as council funding falls

17 Nov 2011

Local public audit plans attacked

Stakeholders criticise local public audit proposals at a Conservative Conference fringe event hosted by ACCA

04 Oct 2011

Mazars invests in Audit Commission spin-off

Mazars is the mystery backer behind Audit Commission spin-off mutual DA Partnership

29 Sep 2011

Local public audit's silent custodian

The National Audit Office is central in the future of local public audit, but its role is hard to grasp

21 Sep 2011

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Bank raiding powers could put HMRC at top of insolvency pecking order

Will HMRC’s new bank raiding powers see insolvency practitioners pursuing it for funds taken illegally in the event of bankruptcy?

The Practitioner: The promise of the pension pot

The combination of pensions drawdown and enterprise investment tax planning makes the Practitioner's mouth water - but can the firm get its pensioners lined up in a row?

Leader: Charity begins at home

With so many accountants require support and counselling, an already charitable profession must consider where its efforts go

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Social networking: How does the Top 50 stack up?

Firms are failing to realise the business benefits of social media sites such as utilising LinkedIn

Colin: There's nothing like a well-thought-out plan

Colin wonders whether some SMEs are keeping it too simple

Taking Stock: When tax is stranger than fiction

Sometimes you just can't make it up, TS finds

Scrapping IR35 all very well – but what else?

IR35 has proven ineffective, but 'what are the alternatives?' asks Calum Fuller

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