Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance


Internal Audit Engagement Opinions: Setting common definitions


This report considers the use of opinions on engagements completed by internal audit, as there is currently no common definition or standard framework for audit opinions. CIPFA's Internal Audit Special Interest Group have compared practice across a range of UK public sector internal auditors and summarised their conclusions.

Sharing the gain: collaborating for cost effectiveness


This report, prepared by CIPFA and SOLACE, and informed by a much wider cross-section of public sector professionals, explores the crucial questions of how spending reductions should be achieved and where they should fall, and calls on the political party manifestos to address these questions clearly.

Skilled up: what the finance leader needs to know


There are many reasons to celebrate the resilience, inventiveness and effectiveness of the finance community who have coped admirably with almost a decade of austerity. This report offers some reflections on the financial leadership challenge arising from this environment.

Sorting the plans


CIPFA examined the first nine of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans submitted in October 2016 to be publicly released to see how the STPs were shaping up and if integrated working would do more to help make them a success.

Specification for carrying out condition surveys


This free publication will help with the procurement of property condition surveys.

Stepping stones to accrual accounting: the transition from cash to accrual accounting


The transition from cash to accrual accounting is a key part of strengthening public financial management. This keystone goes through the issues and risks involved in a transition process and the tools an organisation needs to take implementation forward.

Talent Management in Government Finance


There is an increasing focus on attracting and retaining the best finance professionals working in governments around the world. This report kicks off the conversation about talent management strategies and provides an initial evidence base from which we can start to develop a truly sustainable workforce in financial management. In collaboration with the International Colloquium on Financial Management for National Governments.

Talent management in government finance

Talking about tomorrow


Local government is at a turning point. Councils are starting to reinvent the way essential local services are delivered while grappling with spending cuts on a scale never before experienced within the public sector. How can councils develop a viable and stable future?

Telling the Whole Story


The theme of this paper is that it is the individual council that is best placed to determine how it will communicate with and interact with its stakeholders.

The art of local government reorganisation


This briefing paper follows CIPFA's The Art of Reorganisation webinar at the end of June 2021 and precedes a publication of the same name due later this year.

CIPFA report on the art of local government reorganisation

The case for commissioning and procurement transformation in English local government


There have been unprecedented cuts in public service expenditure which means organisations have to become smarter in commissioning, procuring and then managing the resultant contracts. This Insight gives CFOs the questions to ask to ensure successful procurement processes are in place.

The case for reform: developing a council tax fit for the 21st century


In the face of intense financial pressure and soaring demand, the local government sector has innovated relentlessly and proved itself capable of creativity, collaborative working and simply doing more with less. Against that backdrop local taxation has taken on a new prominence. This insight considers the options for reform against the needs of councils to find sources of revenue.

The CIPFA FM Model: assessment of financial management in public service organisations


Good financial management is a key corporate discipline and a feature of successful organisations. CIPFA believes that applying the CIPFA FM Model will help ensure robust financial management arrangements, shaped to support your organisation in the challenging times ahead.

The future financial sustainability of health and social care


A briefing from the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in response to the government's Health and Care Bill.

The future financial sustainability of health and social care

The levy, apprenticeships and the public sector


This CIPFA Insight looks at the way the public sector could be affected as the Apprenticeship Levy goes ahead and includes concerns and opportunities voiced by focus groups of public sector leaders held by CIPFA in late 2016.

The long downturn


This publication provides a commentary on the current state of the UK economy. Beginning with the growth forecasts, ambitions and policies set by the Coalition Government in 2010 it moves on to what needs to happen in the future, concluding that the worst may still be yet to come.

The Road to Reform: COVID-19 as a catalyst for change in funding social care


The need to reform adult social care funding is decades overdue – and remains one of the thorniest issues on the UK political landscape. In light of COVID-19, we discuss here the issues and challenges involved in reforming social care funding and consider some of the proposals that have been put forward.

The Role of Chief Financial Officers in Policing


An overview of the roles of the PCC's CFO and the chief constable's CFO within policing, with particular focus on how the two CFOs can work together to achieve the best outcomes.

The Role of CFOs in Policing

The role of the chief financial officer in academies


A guide to help chief finance officers (CFOs) in schools and colleges understand the complex duties they are expected to carry out.

The role of the chief financial officer in clinical commissioning groups


This statement describes the role and responsibilities of CFOs in these organisations.

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