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Christmas Quiz

Magazine article Public Finance

Christmas Quiz

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It was the year that Scotland voted no to independence, pensioners were promised more freedom with their savings and politicians began jostling for advantage in the 2015 general election. Test your knowledge of the news headlines with the annual Public Finance Christmas quiz for your chance to win £150 in Marks & Spencer vouchers

1 CIPFA's annual survey found which

group of councils was leading the way on cutting council tax:, with an average reduction of 0.4%>?

A) Mets

B) Districts

C) Shires

D) London boroughs

2 Four local authorities voted yes to Scottish independence on September 18. Glasgow, North Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and which other?

A) Aberdeen

B) Dundee

C) Stirling

D) West Lothian

3 And which Scots sporting star came out in favour of independence on the day of the vote?

A) Sir Chris Hoy

B) Ross Murdoch

C) Eilidh Child

D) Andy Murray

4 Pensions minister Steve Webb said he was relaxed if pensioners chose to use their newfound pension freedoms to purchase what luxury item?

A) a round-the-world cruise

B) a Lamborghini

C) a designer ward robe

D) a box at the opera

5 Who led the Labour Party's review of housing supply?

A) Sir Michael Lyons

B) Sir Michael Bichard

C) Sir Michael Barber

D) Sir Michael Caine

6 In April, Maria Miller resigned as culture secretary amid a row over expenses. Who replaced her?

A) Esther McVey

B) Sajid Javid

C) Priti Patel

D) Matthew Hancock

7 And in July, David Cameron conducted his most wideranging ministerial reshuffle since taking office. Which of the following aid not leave the government?

A) David Jones

B) Owen Paterson

C) Michael Gove

D) Dominic Grieve

8 Sir Bob Kerslake stepped down as head of the civil service, but continued a review into the governance of which local authority?

A) Badford

B) Barnsley

C) Buckinghamshire

D) Birmingham

9 New NHS chief executive Simon Stevens published his Five-Year Forward View, which warned of a deficit of how much by2020/21?

A) £10bn

B) £20bn

C) £30bn

D) £40bn

10 Communities Secretary Eric Pickles sent auditors into which London borough amid governance concerns?

A) Haringey

B) Tower Hamlets

C) Greenwich

D) Camden

11 CIPFA vacated its Robert Street headquarters after 30 years. Which Scottish writer once lived there?

A) JM Barrie

B) Robert Lou is Stevenson

C) Arthur Conan Doyle

D) Muriel Spark

12 The government announced plans to claw back public sector redundancy payments if people return to work in the same sector within what time period?

A) One month

B) Six months

C) One year

D) Five years

13 How much will the Welsh Government be able to borrow for capital projects following the passage of the Wales Act? …

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