Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance
Public finances and public services have experienced periods of great disruption before. However, the current coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency is eclipsing anything we might have seen in recent decades.
Governments, in the UK and around the world, have responded swiftly with economic interventions on a scale not experienced since the Second World War. There is a palpable sense of urgency in ensuring that the lives and livelihoods of citizens are protected.
But the speed with which governments have acted brings huge uncertainty about the consequences for public finance once the crisis has receded. We cannot say yet what the impacts of COVID-19 are likely to be for the guardians of public money and the providers of public services, but change could be profound.
CIPFA exists to promote excellence in public financial management, whether that be in the local town hall or global institutions. We stand ready to respond to this crisis and are working hard to support our members with the challenges they face and to represent their interests, and the interests of taxpayers, to the highest level of government.