Responding to COVID-19: insight, support and guidance

Central Government

Civil servants are at the heart of government, working on the issues and questions that power the nation. From Brexit to COVID-19, central government is working through some profound challenges that could reshape UK society and economy for a generation or more.

Public borrowing is expected to climb to the highest level since the Second World War, while issues such as climate change and inequality demand some bold new thinking from national policymakers. Any decisions taken today over how we choose to allocate spending will also impact the UK's ability to fund public services in the future.

Within central government, finance serves as a key function alongside policy and operations, influencing, providing insight to inform decision-making and ensuring both value for money and better outcomes for citizens. Sound public financial management will play a key role in determining the pace and durability of economic recovery as we move beyond COVID-19 and in ensuring government is fit to confront the challenges of the future.

How CIPFA can help

CIPFA is the leading accountancy body for public services, providing lifelong education and learning in accountancy and financial management, particularly the unique financial frameworks of UK central government. We also provide a range of leading advisory and consultancy services across the public sector, including central government. Best practice in public financial management is at the very heart of what we do and our ambition is to make a real difference to the world we live in. We work with central governments, audit agencies and donor bodies globally to help ensure public money is raised and spent with the highest degree of openness and that critically important services are provided efficiently and effectively.

Against the backdrop of substantial budget cuts in recent years, as well as the impact of COVID-19, delivering services within fiscal constraints will continue to be a major challenge for central government bodies. Working with us, either by upskilling your teams or transforming your finance functions, will help you and your organisation make good decisions, while upholding the public interest.

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