• Transparent
    3 May 12
    Accounting in the public sector has had its fair share of change. Now it is the turn of internal audit, with new standards set to be published later this year
  • MargaretHodgeKESTEVEN
    1 May 12
    The Public Accounts Committee today called for an end to the routine use of the Private Finance Initiative to pay for public infrastructure, saying some of the private sector profits were ‘difficult...
  • AcademyALAMY
    30 Apr 12
    The abolition of the Audit Commission will eventually lead to councils appointing their own auditors. Richard Johnstone looks at the lessons for audit from foundation trusts and academy schools
  • Photo: Sam Kestevan
    27 Apr 12
    Last summer’s riots inflicted untold misery on individuals and businesses across England. But the views and concerns of those who suffered are now being heard loud and clear thanks to the work of...
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    26 Apr 12
    The Public Accounts Committee today urged the Treasury to exercise greater control over Whitehall spending cuts, including setting central standards for both the planning and reporting of cost...
  • HomeOfficeKESTEVEN
    25 Apr 12
    Auditors have found gaps in the Home Office’s savings plan and called for it to be managed more effectively.
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    25 Apr 12
    The Local Government Association is consulting councils on a ‘procurement pledge’ to citizens, with the aim of securing better value from the £62bn councils spend each year on goods and services.
  • Payslips Photo: iStock
    24 Apr 12
    More than 3,000 UK council staff earned above £100,000 in 2010/11, according to research from the Taxpayers’ Alliance published today.
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    24 Apr 12
    The National Audit Office met council representatives today as part of its preparations to take over work from the soon-to-be-abolished Audit Commission.
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    18 Apr 12
    Unemployment fell by 35,000 over the three months to February, according to Office for National Statistics figures published today.
  • Illustration: Angus Greig
    13 Apr 12
    Focusing spending on the front line is understandable in a time of scarce resources. But neglecting the information systems you need to assess policy costs and benefits can be a false economy
  • Management developement april
    11 Apr 12
    In straitened times, public sector leaders have to look at their services with fresh eyes. This can mean tearing up the rule book, a frightening prospect for many staff. Managers must be encouraged...
  • Caroline Gardner
    28 Mar 12
    MSPs have approved the choice of former CIPFA president Caroline Gardner as Scotland’s new auditor general.
  • Government Procurement Card
    19 Mar 12
    Whitehall departments do not know if they are making best use of Government Procurement Cards, the National Audit Office has found.
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    9 Mar 12
    Ministers were today accused of imposing changes on public sector pensions after the Treasury said negotiations had concluded for all but the local government scheme.
  • Illustration: Natalie Wood
    5 Mar 12
    It used to be hard to gather all the information needed for monitoring and planning services. But now we’re in the Big Data Era, things are set to change
  • Heywood and KerslakeGUARDIAN
    2 Mar 12
    Public services are ‘at risk of failure’ unless the civil service changes quickly and develops better financial management skills, the Institute for Government has warned.
  • Illustration: Paul Blow
    2 Mar 12
    Delegation done badly can cause frustration, demotivation and failure. Done well it can help you, your staff and your organisation. Pam Jones shows you how to let go and lighten the load
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    2 Mar 12
    Local government trade unions have begun consulting their members on possible industrial action over pay, after employers announced there would be no increase for the third year in a row, Public...
  • Council tax bill
    29 Feb 12
    Around 15% of English local authorities plan to increase their council tax in April despite the offer of government cash to freeze bills, a CIPFA survey shows.
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    29 Feb 12
    Security is vital for local authority investments and that means managing the range of risks entailed. CIPFA’s recent study shows what councils are doing to protect their funds
  • Photo: Akin Falope
    24 Feb 12
    As schools chief inspector and top education mandarin, Sir David Bell has never shrunk from challenging the status quo. Now as Reading University’s new vice-chancellor, he is taking his reforming...
  • LibraryALAMY
    22 Feb 12
    Finance directors’ fears are mounting over how their councils will be able to run services effectively and balance their books in the medium term, a CIPFA survey reveals.
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    21 Feb 12
    Chancellor George Osborne has been urged to use next month’s Budget to end uncertainty over whether corporation tax powers will be devolved to Northern Ireland.
  • Anglesey
    14 Feb 12
    Most local authorities in Wales had their accounts ready on time, despite the challenges posed by the introduction of International Financial Reporting Standards, the Wales Audit Office said.