Benchmarking Analysis: Accountancy in Local Government



In this guide, CIPFA lifts the lid on its successful benchmarking service and provides valuable insight into the current state of local authority accountancy and finance services across the United Kingdom.
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As the drive to cut costs continues, local authorities are taking difficult decisions about what gets funded and what does not. Never before has a skilled and experienced finance team played such a critical role in determining the organisation’s future.

But with all services coming under intense scrutiny, it’s vital that the accountancy function has its own house in order too. It needs to be cost effective, high quality and responsive to the needs of its users. And it needs to be able to demonstrate that this is the case. Can yours?

The guide outlines trends in the provision of accountancy services, analyses the sector’s performance in critical areas and details the key challenges for accountants now and in the future. It allows organisations to understand not just how well they are doing, but how well they are doing in comparison with their peers.

This guide makes essential reading for local authority finance directors, chief accountants and members alike. If you are already a member of CIPFA’s Benchmarking Club, this publication will help to broaden your awareness of the bigger picture in which accountancy functions operate. And if you are not, then it might just convince you to sign up. Find out more here.

In these times of austerity and budget pressures, we all need to be at the very top of our game. And in this highly readable publication, CIPFA draws on its unrivalled evidence base to show what local authorities have already achieved and how you can learn from their success.

This publication is available in hard copy and online.

The digital, online version is available as both searchable HTML and a bookmarked downloadable PDF of the publication that can be shared throughout your organisation. Customers will need to register and login to CIPFA’s website to access the publication.

Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA’s Publications Department.

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