More medicine needed: the health of health finances revisited


Much has happened, but has anything really changed since CIPFA published The Health of Health Finances in 2015? This Insight revisits the challenges facing NHS finances and offers possible solutions.


Moving ahead with integration


With integration emerging as the great hope for health and social care finances this insight looks at the conditions needed for assimilation to be successful.


Open book contract management: following the public pound


Half of the £187bn the government spends with third parties each year goes on contracted out services. CIPFA argues that the use of open book contract management would maximise the value obtained, share efficiency, strengthen corporate social responsibility and ensure transparency.


Performance tracker: data-driven analysis of the performance of government (autumn 2017)


Performance Tracker provides a data-driven assessment of the government’s performance in one crucial area – running public services. This second edition focuses on GPs, hospitals, adult social care, schools, the police, criminal courts, prisons, neighbourhood services and UK visas and immigration.

Performance tracker autumn 2017

Performance tracker: data driven analysis of the performance of government (spring 2017)


Performance Tracker provides a data-driven assessment of the government’s performance in one crucial area – running public services. It focuses on five services: hospitals, adult social care, schools, prisons and the police.

CIPFA Performance Tracker

Place-based asset management: managing public sector property to support aligned local public services


An introductory guide to place-based asset management that presents the main concepts of a collaborative approach to managing property assets. It will help senior decision-makers in local public services to understand the drivers for collaboration on public property assets,­ evaluate their public estate and get started on a place-based asset management model of delivery.


Practical issues in the governance of clinical commissioning groups


This Insight is intended to give Clinical Commissioning Group members an introduction to best practice in governance.


Pre comprehensive spending review


Substantial cuts have affected the public sector since the Comprehensive Spending Review in 2010. This CIPFA Briefing looks to the 2015 Spending Review and highlights some of the main areas of concern and key financial risks facing public services in the medium term.


Principles of effective communication in financial performance reporting


This guidance builds upon the work carried out by CIPFA as part of its Telling the Whole Story consultation of effective reporting and effective communication principles set out by the Financial Reporting Council as part of its reducing complexity project.

Effective Communication in Financial Reporting

Public financial management: taking responsibility


This document explains how and why CIPFA is building on its Fixing the Foundations initiative by promoting further collaboration between professional accountancy bodies.

PFM: Taking Responsibility front cover

Public services in Wales


This CIPFA Briefing explains how public resources are used to provide services for the people of Wales. It highlights the importance of strong public financial management, looks at the prospect of future devolved taxation powers and emphasises the need for a clear and transparent financial framework and powers to properly manage Welsh public resources.


Reality check: next steps in developing sustainability and transformation plans


The NHS planning guidance set out the notion of sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) in 2015. This Insight gives an analysis of the 44 STPs submitted in February 2017.


Housing associations right to buy


The extension of Right to Buy into the housing association sector will potentially have wide reaching implications not just for housing associations but also local authorities. This CIPFA Briefing explores the potential impact of the government’s plans.


Scotland's future in the balance


This report considers what a balance sheet for the devolved Scottish public sector might look like and examines the questions around Scotland’s financial position and future financial sustainability.

Scotland referendem report image

Sharing the gain: collaborating for cost effectiveness


This report, prepared by CIPFA and SOLACE, and informed by a much wider cross-section of public sector professionals, explores the crucial questions of how spending reductions should be achieved and where they should fall, and calls on the political party manifestos to address these questions clearly.

Shared Services Report

Skilled up: what the finance leader needs to know


There are many reasons to celebrate the resilience, inventiveness and effectiveness of the finance community who have coped admirably with almost a decade of austerity. This report offers some reflections on the financial leadership challenge arising from this environment.


Sorting the plans


CIPFA examined the first nine of the 44 Sustainability and Transformation Plans submitted in October 2016 to be publicly released to see how the STPs were shaping up and if integrated working would do more to help make them a success.

Stepping stones to accrual accounting: the transition from cash to accrual accounting


The transition from cash to accrual accounting is a key part of strengthening public financial management. This keystone goes through the issues and risks involved in a transition process and the tools an organisation needs to take implementation forward.

Stepping Stones to Accrual Accounting

Telling the Whole Story


The theme of this paper is that it is the individual council that is best placed to determine how it will communicate with and interact with its stakeholders.

Telling the Whole Story Consultation

The case for commissioning and procurement transformation in English local government


There have been unprecedented cuts in public service expenditure which means organisations have to become smarter in commissioning, procuring and then managing the resultant contracts. This Insight gives CFOs the questions to ask to ensure successful procurement processes are in place.

Commissioning and Procurement

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