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The Role of the Chief Financial Officer in Local Government


This publication outlines the roles and responsibilities of the chief financial officer (CFO) in local government.








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This report builds heavily on CIPFA’s Statement on the Role of The CFO in Public Services and applies the principles and roles set out in that document to local government. This Statement sets out how the requirements of legislation and professional standards should be fulfilled by CFOs in the carrying out of their role.

It is not intended to be exhaustive and does not negate the personal responsibility of finance professionals to ensure that they comply with all professional standards and legislative requirements. It is intended to codify the key responsibilities of the CFO in local government and assist those carrying out that role in ensuring that they meet the key personal duties of the role.