Local Government Accounting Conference - What are the keen changes to financial reporting?


Event summary

These CIPFA Local Government Accounting Conferences are the key events to attend to find out the very latest developments on what are important and substantial changes to local government finance, particularly local government financial reporting.


06 July 2018
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


Novotel Cardiff Centre Hotel
Schooner Way
CF10 4RT
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Standard price

£235.00 excl VAT

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About this event

This event will help finance practitioners to understand the important accounting changes facing local authorities, their impact, and to discuss the crucial steps necessary to make them. The essential material provided at this conference will be especially relevant in a period of uncertainty and resource constraint.

The prices are £235 + VAT for CIPFA members and network subscribers and £295 + VAT for non-members. Please note FAN or other pre-paid places may not be used to attend these events. 

By attending the conference you will be able to:

  • hear the very latest on the fundamental changes to the local authority accounting code for  2018/19 and 2019/20 (including a separate session on IFRS 16 Leases)and how to prepare for them 
  • understand new policy and legislative changes in Wales and consider the impact that these will have
  • discover the issues you will face when implementing for the complex financial reporting standard IFRS 9 Financial Instruments 
  • consider the important changes to the Prudential and Treasury Management Codes and hear about the new Financial Management Code and the impact that it might have on local authority budgets and financial management
  • hear the very latest in Whole of Government Accounts developments
  • consider effective ways to achieve faster close down of the accounts.  

There will also be opportunities throughout the day to network with colleagues in other local authorities facing the same issues and to engage directly with CIPFA representatives about issues raised during the conference or to discuss other questions you may have.

Who should attend

All finance professionals working in local government and those who supply services to the sector.

How you will benefit

Attendees will benefit by:

  •  hearing from accountancy and local government experts at CIPFA and leading local authority finance professionals at the essential accounting event for local government
  •  having the opportunity to speak directly with CIPFA representatives, obtaining expert advice on the concerns and issues you may have.


  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Capital finance
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Housing
  • / Pensions

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Speaker - David Ellis

David Ellis

David joined CIPFA in July 2012 as a FAN advisor, after a 30-year career in local government, spending several years as chief accountant with key responsibilities for the statement of accounts. E: david.ellis@cipfa.org, T: 01502 584395.

Speaker - Lynn Pamment, Risk Management Partner, PwC

Lynn Pamment

Lynn is the risk management partner for PwC's national government and public sector practice. She sits on a number of professional committees including the FRC Committee on Accounting for Public Benefit Entities and chairs the CIPFA/LASAAC Committee responsible for the UK local authorities accounting code. Lynn is also a non-executive board member of RCT Homes.

Speaker - Don Peebles, Head of CIPFA Policy & Technical UK & International

Don Peebles

Don is a qualified accountant and leads CIPFA’s policy and technical work from the Institute’s Scottish HQ in Edinburgh.

Don’s background is local authority finance, having trained initially at a Scottish local authority. He also worked for Audit Scotland prior to joining CIPFA in 2002 as policy and technical officer becoming policy and technical manager in 2004 before becoming head of CIPFA Scotland in November 2013. E: don.peebles@cipfa.org, T: 0131 221 8640.

Speaker - Sarah Sheen, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Sarah Sheen

Sarah Sheen is a technical manager at CIPFA and Secretary to the CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board. She is responsible for key aspects of the Institute's technical work on local government and related sectors. In particular, she is responsible for the maintenance and development of the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (the Code) on behalf of CIPFA/LASAAC.

She is a member of the FRAB Working Group and has also drafted substantial parts of CIPFA guidance including many of the issues we are considering today. She is technical lead on the Simplification and Streamlining Review.

Prior to working for CIPFA Sarah was a national lead for PwC providing technical accounting and financial reporting requirements and guidance advice to the tertiary education assurance practice and provided IFRS support for local government practitioners in Wales. Before working for PwC and CIPFA Sarah worked in a number of roles for a major local authority in Wales.