Improving financial management in local authorities

CIPFA FM Code GN

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has just published the guidance notes to accompany its new Financial Management Code. The guidance notes will help local authorities to improve further the robustness and resilience of their financial management arrangements. And I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to work with CIPFA to prepare them. Continue reading

Internal audit in local government

Last week, I had the great pleasure of being invited to speak at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) internal audit conference in Manchester. With an audience of some ninety or so internal audit professionals, I took this opportunity to speak about the performance of internal audit in local government and to offer my views on emerging trends for auditors and key developments for the future. Continue reading

Hot off the press: New benchmarking guide now available

Benchmarking AnalysisI’m delighted to announce that ‘Benchmarking analysis: Accountancy in local government’, a guide that I have written for the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has now been published.

This publication lifts the lid on CIPFA’s successful benchmarking service and provides valuable insight into the current state of local authority accountancy and finance services across the United Kingdom.

You can find the guide online here. Continue reading

Simon takes on CIPFA volunteer roles

I’m pleased to report that I’ve recently taken on two exciting voluntary roles with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), which is the professional body for people in public finance and which helps organisations across the public sector to deliver efficient and high quality services. Continue reading

Sockmonkey to work with CIPFA and SUMS

It’s been a big week. Firstly, I’ve been accepted as an associate with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), providing consultancy services and short-term management support to CIPFA’s clients across the public sector. I don’t like to boast, but CIPFA describes its associates as ‘the best of the best’, offering exceptional talent, experience and taking pride in the work they do. Aw, shucks… Continue reading