This book contains a collection of papers dealing with a range of controversial issues which exercised the minds of local authority officials from 1884-1908. The 28 items reproduced cover a wide range of matters. They are presented chronologically because many of the papers deal with more than one topic but also because it provides a clearer guide to the development of views on numerous inter-related issues. These issues are still of interest and relevant today: most of the papers deal with the need to improve the level of accountability to local electors – something which has been the main thrust of UK government policy since 1979. Other papers focus on the need to address internal accounting problems, such as the need for improved costing procedures to measure the performance of different activities.
1. Municipal Accounts The Accountant 20 September – 29 November, 1884 2. Corporation Accounts Edwin Guthrie 3. Corporation Gas Works Accounts The Accountant 4 August-8 September, 1888 4. County Councils and Their Accounts Harry Squance 5. Audit of County Councils Accounts Edwin Guthrie 6. Municpal Accounts The Accountant 21 October-18 November, 1893 7. A borough Treasurer’s Abstract of Accounts Lister Woodhouse 8. Municipal Capital Accounts: Should Assets of Value be Depreciated as the Loans are Paid Off? George Swainson 9. Municipal works Departments Fred E. Harris 10. Corporation Electricity Works Accounts H. M. Stevens 11. Municpal Profits William Wing 12. The Glasgow corporation Accounts, with Special Reference to Depreciation and Sinking Funds Alexander Murray 13. Municipal Accounts – Balance Sheets Fred E. Harris 14. Municipal Cost Accounts J. C. Greatrex 15. Government Returns Charles H. Brear 16. The Statutory Powers and Duties of Auditors G. H. Waymark 17. The Local Government Board Audit R. F. Gattey 18. The Elective Auditors A. Griffiths 19. The Professional Auditor F. Carter 20. Presidential Address William Gunner 21. Discussion on Municipal Accounts R. F. Miller 22. The Stating of Municipal Balance Sheets J. C. Haworth 23. The Accounts of Urban District Councils J. A. Eckersley 24. Glasgow Corporation Tramways James Dalrymple 25. Sinking Funds and their Relation to Depreciation Funds J. W. Forster 26. Appreciation of Municipal Assets Francis G. Burton 27. Depreciation: With Special Reference to the Accounts of Local Authorities Lawrence R. Dicksee 28. The audit of the Accounts of Municipal Corporations George R. Butterworth.