CIPFA welcomes briefing on local authority IFRS accounts


CIPFA has welcomed today’s publication of the Audit Commission’s report Let’s be clear: Making local authority IFRS accounts more accessible and understandable.

The briefing makes a valuable contribution to the debate on how to make local authority accounts easier to understand and more accessible to members of the general public, especially following the implementation of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

CIPFA recognises the needs to learn lessons from the implementation of IFRS locally and will shortly be launching a post implementation review of IFRS. Part of this review will seek to address the issue of the accessibility of information for the general public. To this end CIPFA has been working on the proposed introduction of summary accounts to provide key information on local authority finances and performance.

Paul Mason, CIPFA’s Assistant Director for professional standards commented,

“This briefing is a welcome contribution to the debate and highlights some suggestions for ways to make local authority accounts more accessible, including streamlining the presentation of information and the introduction of summary accounts.  The briefing also recognises the work CIPFA has already done in this area.

“CIPFA is committed to working with the regulator, practitioners, auditors and other stakeholders to realise improvements in local authorities’ financial statements.”



Contact: Lindsay Machin / Tim Windle

CIPFA Press Office

t 020 7543 5645/5787

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Notes to editors

  • A copy of the Audit Commission’s report - Let’s be clear – can be found here.
  •  More details on CIPFA’s international prospectus – Fixing the Foundations – can be viewed here.


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