Living in interesting times

Our latest report, Financial resilience of local authorities in Wales 2015-16, looks at how local authorities are addressing and managing reductions in public expenditure in Wales. Report author, Nick Selwyn, talks about the progress of local authorities in ensuring they have sound financial management arrangements to maintain the important services they provide across Wales which…

At your leisure

Last week the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association held a joint conference entitled “the challenges and opportunities for local service delivery in Wales”, looking at the impact of austerity on public services. The Minister for Finances made clear to all those present that the last five years of cuts have been difficult to…

Early Departures

For the past five years, it seems that not a day has gone by without a news story about the financial pressures facing the public sector. For most public services, the main controllable cost is the wage bill, so it stands to reason that public bodies have had to consider ways to reduce it, including…