new CIPFA President calls for full debate on the future of public spending


The new President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA) Jaki Salisbury delivered her inaugural Presidential address today.

Speaking to over 600 public sector CFOs and finance leaders at CIPFA’s annual conference she said that the public sector and politicians need to start to think beyond austerity to better plan the future shape of public services. She also argued that the debate needs to move beyond a simplistic protection of certain services and to a more open conversation on the future of public spending.

Speaking at CIPFA’s Annual Conference in London on 10 July Jaki Salisbury said:

“The public sector needs to see and think beyond austerity. There is an urgent need for a sense of where we are trying to get to so that our organisations are able to steer the right course.

“We must understand what the country's options and choices really are and that should include discussion not only about the public services we want and need, but also about the level and type of taxes which pay for them.”

She also argued that:

“Politicians and public servants need to keep people well informed and to listen carefully to their views about how funding should be allocated and how and where cuts are made.

“This will work best if we have a proper conversation about schools, the NHS and international development and agree that they are priorities, rather than drawing protective red lines around them and removing them from the debate.”

CIPFA annual conference is being held in Hammersmith, London on the 10 & 11 of July.

Other conference speakers include:

  • Chuka Umunna MP – Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • The Rt Hon The Lord Heseltine CH
  • Tony Travers – Chair of the London Finance Commission
  • Owen Jones – Columnist and author
  • Tim Montgomerie – Comment editor of The Times         
  • Ben Page – Chief Executive of Ipsos MORI
  • Stephanie Flanders – Broadcast Journalist and Economics Editor
  • John Pineaar – Chief Political Correspondent for Radio 5 Live.
  • Lord Sutherland – Chair, Royal Commission on long-term care for the elderly.



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Notes to Editors:

About Jaki Salisbury

Jaki has spent over 20 years working at the senior level of local government. She is currently a director of NetworkIdea, and executive director of Bright Space Solutions Ltd – an independent consultancy focusing on change management and transformation.

Jaki has over 17 year’s board-level experience as a chief executive, director and statutory chief finance officer in unitary and district councils. For the past year she has been Interim Director of Finance and Property at Slough Borough Council. Jaki led a major change programme to deliver a new unitary council in 2009 with improvements in services while reducing costs. She has undertaken a large-scale voluntary transfer of council housing and held national roles with the Society of District Council Treasurers, including housing adviser to the LGA and adviser to Sir Michael Lyons during his review of Local Government Finance. Jaki is renowned for her success in delivering culture change; empowering people to transform organisations and provide excellent customer service while significantly reducing costs.


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.