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Management Consulting Services: Local Authorities

Local authority management consulting services that we offer in all parts of the United Kingdom are described on this page.

For more information please contact Adrian Waite on adrian.waite@awics.co.uk

Or download our brochure on Management Consulting Services for Local Authorities by clicking HERE

Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Reviews

AWICS is assisting the Local Government Association with its peer reviews by providing expert advice on its financial diagnostic reports. Adrian Waite has also acted as lead associate consultant in a financial peer review at Slough Borough Council.

For more information about the Local Government Association's peer review programme and the role that AWICS plays please click HERE

Accounting for the General Fund

Local Authority accounting and budgetingis a specialised area and our management consultants are able to offer specialist advice.

Recent clients include:

  • Ashford Borough Council – advice on accounting for photovoltaic cells.
  • Chorley Borough Council - advice on general fund housing services.
  • Harlow Borough Council – advice on capital accounting.
  • Lambeth Borough Council – advice on accounting for homeless hostels.
  • West London Waste - training in local government finance.

We also advise other organisations on local authority finance including legal practices and trade unions. For more information please clcik HERE

Production and Evaluation of Business Plans and Business Cases

Local authorities undertaking service transformation usually produce business plans and business cases. Our management consultants are able to assist in the production or evaluation of business plans and business cases for local authorities; or to provide a critique on behalf of a partner organisation.

Recent clients include:

  • UNISON Barnet – evaluation of the Council’s business case for Development and Regulatory Services
  • UNISON Northwest - evaluation of a County Council's business case for the externalisation of the fleet management service.

For more information about business planning please click HERE

Development and Delivery of Training Programmes

It is essential that managers and councillors have a working knowledge of how local authority finance works.

As well as our regional seminars and in-house courses we are able to evaluate your training needs and design a training programme to suit your needs. We recently provided this service for Carlisle City Council.

For further information on our regional seminars please follow the links below:

For further information on in-house training opportunities please follow the link below:

Value for Money Reviews

The 2010 Comprehensive Spending Review resulted in a 28% reduction in local government funding in England and created new challenges for local authorities. Austerity has continued ever since then. Similar challenges exist in Wales and Scotland. As a result local authorities have a new focus on value for money. We believe that value for money is most likely to be achieved where there is a focus on the needs and aspirations of customers and a rigorous review of systems and costs.

Adult Social Care Finance

We recently assisted two legal practices by providing expert witness reports for judicial reviews of local authority budgets for adult social care. In two cases the budgets were found to be unlawful. For more information please click HERE

Further Information

More information on local authority finance is freely available on our website. Please follow the links below:

Adrian Waite and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA)

Adrian is a past member of the CIPFA National Council, Public Finance and Management Board, Board of the Regions, Housing Panel and European Panel.

Adrian Waite in Local Government Copeland Borough Council (1993-98)

Prior to being a Management Consultant, Adrian Waite was Finance Director and then Strategic Director at Copeland Borough Council.

As Strategic Director he led on strategic issues including: CCT and Best Value, Performance Monitoring and Benchmarking, Investors in People, Communications and IT Strategies, the Private Finance Initiative, Lobbying for additional Standard Spending Assessment, and Single Regeneration Budget.

Before this he was accountable for Financial Administration under Section 151 of the Local Government Act as Finance Director. He established the authority on a firm financial footing, levering in funding for a capital programme that peaked at £20million a year, reducing Council Tax for two years running while improving front line services and representing the council on the board of the Whitehaven Single Regeneration Budget programme that transformed the economy and environment of Whitehaven.

The Copeland Council Centre in Whitehaven Adrian Waite wrote the Outline Business Case for this PFI scheme

Adrian Waite in Local Government Staffordshire County Council (1990-93)

From 1990 to 1993 he was Assistant County Treasurer at Staffordshire County Council where he managed a division of the County Treasurer's Department, including at different times: Financial Planning, Control, QCO Support, Income, Insurance, Loans and Investments, and Accountancy. He represented the County Treasurer at Highways, Waste Management, QCO and Enterprise and Economic Development Committees and provided financial support to the Council's Economic Development activities through the Economic Development Policy Group and the Staffordshire Development Association. He took the lead on corporate initiatives such as the creation of QCOs and business planning, the creation of Local Authority Waste Disposal Companies, and the transfer of Staffordshire Highway Works to the private sector.

Previous Appointments (1981-90)

Between 1981 and 1990 Adrian held positions at West Yorkshire, Leeds and Newcastle on Tyne Councils at which he gained experience in accountancy, audit and the finance of almost every local government service.

One of Slough Borough Council's offices.

Adrian Waite was lead associate in a Local Government Association financial peer review for the Council.

More Information about Local Authority Finance

For more information about our seminar: 'All You Want to Know about Local Authority Finance' please click HERE

For more information about in-house training in local government finance, please click HERE

For more information about management consulting advice and assistance for local government, please click HERE

For more information about our publication: 'All You Want to Know about Local Authority Finance' please click HERE

To download our 'Public Services News' newsletter, please click HERE

To download briefing papers on local authority finance, please click HERE

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