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Responding to a report published today by the Public Accounts Committee into the financial sustainability of local authorities, Steve Freer, CIPFA's Chief Executive, said:
“The Public Accounts Committee has expressed concern over the Department for Communities and Local Government’s limited understanding of the impact of spending reductions on local government. CIPFA’s own surveys of local authority Chief Finance Officers have shown that, whilst to date the impact of expenditure cuts on frontline services has been minimised wherever possible, Chief Finance Officers are increasingly concerned about future years and the longer term prospects for critically important services. With the next spending review rapidly approaching it is essential that the Government understands and models carefully the likely effect on key services and the resulting potential impact on families and communities across the country."
Contact: Matthew Patterson
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 5787
Notes to editors
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed. As the world’s only professional accountancy body to specialise in public services, CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. They include the benchmark professional qualification for public sector accountants as well as a postgraduate diploma for people already working in leadership positions. They are taught by our in-house CIPFA Education and Training Centre as well as other places of learning around the world. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services. They include information and guidance, courses and conferences, property and asset management solutions, consultancy and interim people for a range of public sector clients. Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance. We work with donors, partner governments, accountancy bodies and the public sector around the world to advance public finance and support better public services.