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Public sector accountants battle against competing interests

Finance professionals face challenges in trying to improve transparency and accountability in the public sector, claim attendees at an ACCA conference

20 Dec 2010

National Audit Office

Overpayments sees more government accounts qualified by NAO

Social fund and legal service accounts qualified by auditor general Amyas Morse due to £207m worth of overpayments

03 Dec 2010

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Accountancy Age Awards 2010 FD of the Year Public Sector - Paul Vernon Woods

17 Nov 2010

MPs announce inquiry into Audit Commission abolition

Inquiry to ensure local authorities receive value for money

10 Nov 2010

Stein leads CIPFA charge in the business world - more to follow?

05 Nov 2010

Conducting the cuts

ONE OF THE MOST EYE WATERING statistics in the chancellor’s comprehensive spending review announcement was the Office of Budget Responsibility’s forecast of 490,000 public sector job losses.

04 Nov 2010

Video: Audit Commission to become fifth big firm?

Could the Big Four be challenged by a new firm created from remnants of the Audit Commission?

28 Oct 2010

HMRC top earners list published in transparency drive

More than 40 senior HMRC staff are paid between £80,000 and £205,000

22 Oct 2010

Spending Review: Public sector financial rigour crucial

Strong financial management is key to the public sector handling spending cuts outlined by chancellor George Osborne

20 Oct 2010

Spending review 'cannot afford' damage to tax collection

The Treasury's budget is in the "unprotected" category, and advisers are hoping that the Comprehensive Spending Review will not affect the department

20 Oct 2010

MPs call for MOD FD Jon Thompson to have more powers

Public accounts committee members demand to know why one of the most important FD roles in government does not have control of strategic financial planning

13 Oct 2010

Connaught collapse sends stark message to subcontractors

Whatever the reason for the collapse of social housing building group Connaught, it will undoubtedly cause hardship for its suppliers

27 Sep 2010

Public sector accounting reform lacks comparability across Europe

Ernst & Young study finds European governments switching to accrual accounting, but not adopting international standards

23 Sep 2010

Local government: beating the cuts

Things may look bleak for accountants working in local government at the moment but opportunities exist as coalition plans for massive spending cuts rely on sound financial management

23 Sep 2010

Audit Commission names Gareth Davies in crucial MD role

Davies to lead the commission's audit practice, in what could be a vital role in influencing its future in an open local government audit market

06 Sep 2010

Ordnance Survey ends decade-long clash with auditors

After ten years of qualification the official mapmaker has it accounts signed off in full

26 Aug 2010

Audit Commission to be scrapped, government confirms

Work of the Audit Commission to be replaced with private sector contracts

16 Aug 2010

PwC and KPMG mentor groundbreaking public sector projects

Big Four staff helping first wave of public sector self-run projects

13 Aug 2010

Business insolvencies to surge from public sector cutbacks

Credit professionals predict that the public sector's efficiency drive will push up business insolvencies

26 Jul 2010

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Leader: Baker Tilly's naming nerves

Baker Tilly's impending name change opens up a range of possiblities, writes Calum Fuller

The Practitioner: R&D tax credit boon awaits clients

The Practitioner is gobsmacked at the opportunities for tax savings that R&D credits will bring for clients

Macro View: Soaring US dollar could unleash nasty global tremors

If upward pressures on the dollar escalate, its strength could become malignant and the blessing could become a curse

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Auto-enrolment: Know the workforce - assessing workers

Who 'works' for a business? A simple question, but one that requires careful consideration as far as meeting auto-enrolment requirements are concerned, writes Stephen Rowntree

Taking Stock: Haslers' marathon man avoids comfort break

Better out than in for long-distance runner

Taking Stock: Rickard very Keen on its psuedonym

Rickard Keen's move to limited status sees some unusual detail at Companies House...

Colin: EY-ers cheer on partner profits

Colin wonders how EY partners reacted to their profit figures

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