Whitehall under fire over unqualified finance staff


A House of Commons public accounts committee report said Philip Moore –
HMRC’s interim CFO and
former chief executive of insurer Friends Provident – is a qualified actuary but
not a qualified accountant.

The Government’s 2004 Spending Review stipulated that all departments should
have a professionally qualified FD with a seat on the board. Moore is only one
of three FDs at government departments who isn’t a qualified accountant. The
MP’s report on the government’s ability to manage financial resources said that
although HMRC and other departments had taken steps to improve finance
professionalism below the FD level ‘further progress is needed before finance
professionalism becomes embedded within departments’.

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