• The economic recovery has been led by household consumption but a ‘frothy’ housing market and poor trade and productivity statistics raise questions over long-term sustainability, CIPFA’s annual conference has been told.
    2 Jul 14
    CIPFA president Mike Owen has urged political parties to avoid tempting voters with short-term policies at next May’s general election, but instead plan and budget for the medium to long term.
  • CIPFA roundtable
    27 Jun 14
    Should public sector finance managers be more open with the public about the effects of cuts in services? Participants at a recent CIPFA roundtable debate on health and social care funding certainly...
  • 26 Jun 14
    CIPFA’s new president is said to be ‘fearless, but never reckless’, despite his enthusiasm for sports cars and speedboats. Mike Owen tells PF about his goals for the year ahead and...
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    18 Jun 14
    The role of Whitehall finance directors could be expanded to help improve transparency and decision-making, CIPFA chief executive Rob Whiteman has suggested.
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    16 Jun 14
    Comptroller and auditor general Amyas Morse received a knighthood in this year’s Birthday Honours, leading a distinguished list of public servants who were recognised.
  • 11 Jun 14
    The Audit Commission’s National Fraud Initiative uncovered £229m of incorrect and dishonestly obtained payments across the UK public sector in the last two years, according to figures published today...
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    11 Jun 14
    The number of people working in the public sector has fallen to its lowest level in 16 years after the part-privatisation of Lloyds Banking Group led to nearly 100,000 posts being reclassified in the...
  • 11 Jun 14
    The National Audit Office has qualified the Whole of Government Accounts for the fourth successive year because of concerns with the quality and consistency of data.
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    10 Jun 14
    Public sector employment prospect have improved, according to Manpower’s Employment Outlook Survey.
  • Prof development June 2014
    3 Jun 14
    Employees need to be motivated and feel engaged in their work. If staff resign without good reason, it’s time to take a look at your employee benefits package and tailor an offer that helps hang on...
  • 29 May 14
    Oldham Council is set to become the quickest local authority to close its accounts in 50 years following final approval by its audit committee.
  • 28 May 14
    The Treasury has seriously mishandled the new fee regime for universities, resulting in zero expected savings for the public coffers. And the chancellor’s scrapping of controls on student...
  • Accountant
    23 May 14
    Stereotypes of men in grey suits poring over spreadsheets are out of date. Finance business partners are organisations ‘new’ critical friends’, helping them take decisions in a tough fiscal world
  • Transparent
    23 May 14
    Headline figures should be treated with care as a measure of living standards. What they leave out can matter just as much
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    15 May 14
    Grant Thornton has received CIPFA’s Cliff Nicholson Award in recognition of the firm’s work with Oldham Council to quicken the sign-off of the authority’s accounts
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    14 May 14
    CIPFA is seeking views on a new counter-fraud code of practice, institute chief executive Rob Whiteman announced today
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    13 May 14
    Julian Kelly has been appointed director general of public spending and finance in the Treasury after the post was created following the government’s Financial Management Review, it was announced...
  • 2 May 14
    A review of the Local Government Pension Scheme has ruled out mergers of the 89 funds in England, but has concluded that as much as £660m a year could be saved through greater use of common...
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    29 Apr 14
    CIPFA has held its annual prize giving, recognising excellent performance in its professional qualification exams.
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    28 Apr 14
    Council shared service initiatives saved more than £350m in the last year as more town halls agreed to work together in areas such as adult social care, school support and back-office functions,...
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    23 Apr 14
    The chair of the Public Works Loan Board has stepped down after it was revealed that he had not declared a bankruptcy when he was being appointed to the role.
  • The government has been urged to improve its procurement skills after the public administration select committee said fears that G4S and Serco had overcharged on electronic tagging contracts was ‘just the latest example’ of poor Whitehall management.
    14 Apr 14
    MPs have slammed a ‘culture of denial’ and ‘failure of leadership’ in the way the public sector handles complaints.
  • On Account April 2014
    7 Apr 14
    We need more clarity and brevity in financial statements if they are to meet the needs of users. But too often public bodies play safe and fail to consider the 'materiality' of the information...
  • Smart thinkingApril2014
    4 Apr 14
    After 25 years of the World Wide Web and 15 years of digital government, it’s important to pause for a moment and learn some lessons from the past
  • Tower Hamlets town hall
    4 Apr 14
    Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles has sent an inspection team to examine allegations of governance failure, poor financial management and fraud at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets