CIPFA proposes new vision for Scottish public services


Radical reform to the way Scottish public services are planned, funded and delivered is needed.  This is the call from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), which proposes a new vision for Scottish public services.

CIPFA’s vision is for a public service financial culture in Scotland in which services are planned and funded on an integrated basis and that resources are directed to the achievement of social outcomes.

CIPFA advocates three principles for public services design and delivery. Public services should be planned to achieve outcomes, they should be sustainable and thirdly, they should be affordable.

However all the party manifestos for 5 May Scottish elections propose a significant level of public spending, with little mention of the funding restraint required in the current economic climate, CIPFA says.

Head of CIPFA in Scotland, Angela Scott said:

‘Now that all the party manifestos have been issued, any notion of a funding downturn appears absent from the range of choices the electorate can make on what kind of public services they want.’

‘Irrespective of which party forms the new Scottish Government, it is vital their commitments are affordable, sustainable and that the proposals actually affect people’s lives.’


Contact: Lindsay Machin / Chloe Forbes
CIPFA Press Office
t 020 7543 /5645/5787
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Notes to Editors:

1. CIPFA Scotland’s report, Call to the New Scottish Government, is available to download from the CIPFA website.

2. About CIPFA

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. This includes the development of local professional qualifications in African countries like Lesotho and Nigeria and in Europe in post conflict states in the Balkans.