CIPFA publications subscription - terms and conditions

1 Terms and conditions

These additional terms and conditions must be read with the website terms and conditions and the general terms and conditions of sale available on our website. By using our website you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to the relevant terms and conditions. If you do not agree to all the relevant terms and conditions in their entirety, you must not use our website or order any product or service through the website.

2 Service provision

This service is provided by CIPFA Business Limited. CIPFA Business Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), the leading professional finance and accountancy body in the UK and the only one which specialises in the Public Sector.

3 Commencement and term

The service will be provided on an annual subscription basis; the subscription period running from 1 April to 31 March. Payment for the subscription will be due on presentation of an invoice.

4 Subscription

An organisation entering the subscription for the first time or accepting a subscription renewal will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the service as set below. The subscription will be automatically renewed on 1 April each year unless prior notification of cancellation is received in accordance with the cancellation terms below.

5 Subscription fees

Subscription fees will be subject to an annual review. All subscription fees are stated exclusive of VAT which is charged at the standard UK rate.

6 Nominated contacts

The subscribing organisation will nominate a contact for receipt of invoices and for any queries concerning this subscription. CIPFA will confirm these details with member organisations on an annual basis.

7 Copyright and users' rights

All information provided as part of the publications subscription is the copyright of CIPFA unless expressly stated to the contrary. You may use, download and print content supplied in a publication solely for your own personal use or internal business purposes. Other than for your own personal use or internal business purposes, you may not without our prior written consent:

  • copy, reproduce, use or otherwise deal with any content
  • modify, distribute or re-post any content for any purpose
  • reproduce, crawl, frame, link to or deep-link into a publication on or from any other website
  • use the content of a publication for any commercial exploitation whatsoever

Users may quote information from a CIPFA publication provided the source and ownership of copyright in the information is expressly acknowledged on the copy. The user may not pass on information retrieved from a publication received as part of the subscription to any third party without the prior written permission of CIPFA.

Terms for other categories of user, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA on request.

8 The service

Unless otherwise stated, your publications subscription will provide full multi-user access for all users authenticated through your organisation's email facility. Users will need to register on CIPFA’s website and be logged in to enable access.

Subscribers will receive access to each new CIPFA title immediately upon publication and before distribution to other customers, and a range of back catalogue publications. Subscribers are not permitted to return any part of the publications subscription service for a refund or an alternative product or service.

Subscribers will receive online access to a selection of CIPFA titles covering key subject areas published before 2014. Publications purchased by the subscribing organisation prior to the subscription period will not necessarily be available via this service.

CIPFA will publish a minimum of 20 new titles over the subscription period, of which at least four will be codes of practice or related guidance.

If a title is available on our website in both print and online formats subscribers may purchase a print version and receive a 20% saving on the cover price as quoted on the CIPFA website.

CIPFA reserves the right to change or remove any title advertised at any point.

9 Website access

Any person may register their details at however, once registered, only individuals whose organisation is a subscriber may access publications. To register, simply click 'Login/Register' and follow the instructions (you will be required to submit brief contact details). The individual will then automatically be e-mailed a password with which to access the website. If required, this may be changed by the user, to one that is more easily remembered.

Whilst every effort will be made, CIPFA cannot guarantee that the website and any associated services will remain uninterrupted or be error free.

10 Cancellation

Should you wish to cancel your subscription renewal you must do so by giving one month's notice in writing or by e-mail before the next subscription renewal start date. A subscriber may cancel their subscription mid-term but fees are not returnable.

If CIPFA does not receive details of the intention to cancel a subscription, at least one month before the start date of the next subscription period, the subscription will automatically be renewed and the subscribing organisation will be liable for the full subscription fee for the new period.

Notice of intention to cancel a subscription should be sent to:

77 Mansell Street
London E1 8AN

On cancellation of the subscription online access to the publication subscription service will cease from immediate effect.

11 Liability

While every care is taken in the preparation of CIPFA publications, the guidance may contain errors for which the publisher and authors cannot be held responsible. No responsibility for loss occasioned to any person acting or refraining from action as a result of any material in CIPFA publications can be accepted by the publisher or author.

12 Quality assurance

CIPFA prides itself on the quality of the services it provides. Subscribers should address any comments or enquiries on any aspect of the service provision to

Subscribers will be deemed to have accepted the terms set out above.