Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Takes a Yardstick to 'Local Spending'

Magazine article Public Finance

CIPFA Takes a Yardstick to 'Local Spending'

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CIPFA is examining ways to improve public financial management by developing a method of measuring spending across public services in different areas of the country.

Plans for the new spending framework will be developed over the next six months covering expenditure by town halls, Whitehall, the NHS and beyond. It will enable duplication to be identified and, in the longer term, assess the benefits of early intervention and public health programmes.

The initiative was discussed at a recent round table held at CIPFA's London headquarters and chaired by chief executive Rob Whiteman. 'We are all very interested in transparency and local accountability, but there isn't a yardstick or an industrial way of reporting how much spending takes place across the whole of central government, local government and health,' he said.

CIPFA will build on initial work by Essex and Staffordshire County Councils. …

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