Leicester students to run borough council for the day!


Sixth form students from Southfield School for Girls, Kettering, City of Leicester College, St Paul’s Catholic School, Leicester, Kenilworth School and Sports College and President Kennedy Sixth Form, Coventry are meeting at DeMontfort University this morning to take part in a game that will see them acting out the roles of the Management Team of a fictional borough council.

The game, devised and run by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), is intended to help fill a gap in Business Studies courses, which concentrate on commercial activities and often do not cover the public sector in any way.

The students will be tasked with juggling the relationships between the council budget, citizen’s needs and wants and many other factors, and how to balance different, sometimes contradictory, objectives.

The day includes dealing with the everyday issues of a borough council, making recommendations to councillors on policy matters and needing to run the council in the public interest but to also keep in mind the needs of council departments. The students will be expected to deliver presentations and reports detailing their decisions.

All the participants will be mentored during their day by student or qualified CIPFA accountants who will advise their charges on all aspects of what will likely prove to be a daunting but exciting experience.

Chris Gill, Principal Accountant at Staffordshire County Council and the lead volunteer for the games, said:

"Many 6th form students have little exposure to the public sector. The recession has shown we need our best people in key roles, and the students involved in the games are potentially the public sector finance directors of the future.”


Contact: Chloe Forbes or Lindsay Machin
CIPFA Press Office
tel: 020 7543 5787 / 5645
email: chloe.forbes@cipfa.org.uk / lindsay.machin@cipfa.org.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is one of the leading professional accountancy bodies in the UK and the only one which specialises in the public services. It is responsible for the education and training of professional accountants and for their regulation through the setting and monitoring of professional standards. Uniquely among the professional accountancy bodies in the UK, CIPFA has responsibility for setting accounting standards for a significant part of the economy, namely local government. CIPFA’s members work (often at the most senior level) in the public service bodies, in the national audit agencies and major accountancy firms. They are respected throughout for their high technical and ethical standards and professional integrity. CIPFA also provides a range of high quality advisory, information and training and consultancy services to public service organisations. As such, CIPFA is the leading independent commentator on managing and accounting for public money.