A national award for excellence in UK public finance has been won by HM Treasury’s Whole of Government Accounts team. The prize was given to the team in recognition of their work to provide a step change in financial reporting in the UK public sector.
The Sir Harry Page Merit Award is presented annually by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy for an outstanding technical innovation in UK public finances.
The judges’ comments included praise for the team having overcome any number of technical and project management challenges to produce a very creditable set of accounts, giving a true and fair view of the finances of UK Government, something only a small handful of countries, with much less complex finances, have achieved.
Last year’s winner was Mike Hathorn in recognition of his contribution as Chair of the International Public Accounting Standards Board.
CIPFA’s President, Sir Tony Redmond, said:
“The team working on Whole of Government Accounts at HM Treasury demonstrated both hard work and technical skill in producing this historic set of accounts on the public finances.
“I hope that CIPFA making this Award to the team will encourage colleagues in other public service organisations to be inspired by the commitment, co-operation and resilient approach of the WGA team when tackling financial reporting challenges in their own organisations, a vital area of work as the public rightly expects to know how our money is being used across the public services in hard times.”
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