11 November 2009

Document Sample
11 November 2009 Powered By Docstoc
					                                                                           16 April 2010

  Network Home   Our Members    Our Advisory Panel   Events   shop   subscribe   contact

Welcome to this week‟s CIPFA BGF Forum E-Newsletter.

In this week‟s newsletter

Events                                            Information Governance
Stop Press                                        Ethical standards
Counter Fraud                                     Corporate governance
Risk Management                                   Miscellaneous
Audit                                             Jobs

                   The CIPFA Better Governance Forum is Supported by:

   Risk Management Partners | Walker Morris | Weightmans


CIPFA Certificate in Investigative Practice
CCIP is for investigators across public services. If you‟ve been thinking
about getting qualified – to enhance your skills or to progress your career –
book now. Modules are 12 days in London.

These courses always get over-subscribed. If you want a place in 2010 please book
as soon as you can. At the moment some places are still available for the Spring

Spring 2010
Subject                                                                           Places
Advanced Statement/Report Writing and Giving Evidence – 21 & 22 April                5

Advanced Investigative Interviewing – 11 & 12 May                                   0

Cognitive Interviewing – 13 May                                                     0

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act – 1 June                                     1

Data Protection Act – 2 June                                                        1

Employment Investigations – 15 June & 16 June                                       0

You can now also book dates for the autumn course:
Autumn 2010
Roles, Responsibilities and Ethics of Investigations – 7 September
Law, Evidence, Procedure and Best Practice – 8 & 9 September
Advanced Statement/Report Writing and Giving Evidence - 29 & 30 September
Advanced Investigative Interviewing - 26 & 27 October
Cognitive interviewing – 28 October
RIPA – 17 November
DPA – 18 November
And either Securing Computer Evidence – 7 & 8 December
Or Employment Investigations – Spring 2011

It is delivered by Bond Solon, the leading legal training consultancy for non-lawyers.
To book and for more information, follow this link: CCIP
If you have any enquiries, please contact John Francis at Bond Solon 0207 2537053
or email jfrancis@bondsolon.com
Other queries: Greg Marks 07811 332257 Greg.Marks@cipfa.org.uk

Engaging with the Third Sector - Free Training Events!
IDeA and CIPFA are delivering a comprehensive training programme for
commissioners and finance staff across public services, aimed at increasing
awareness and understanding of the third sector. Our one-day free of charge training
events will offer insight into successful engagement, partnering, commissioning and
service delivery whilst enabling access to specialist knowledge which will benefit the
delivery of public services.
Cost: Free
Dates/locations: 28th April – Bristol, 11th May – Birmingham, 27th May – York, 9th
June - Manchester
For further information email chris.sullivan@cipfa.org.uk
Book online http://www.cipfanetworks.net/training/news/default.asp?content=9197

High Performing Risk Management (England)
28 April York
12 May London

High Performing Risk Management (Scotland)
29 April Edinburgh

Reviewing the Statement of Accounts and the Annual Governance Statement
26 May London
8 June Birmingham

Fraud Legislation and Analysing Intelligence
17 June York
22 June Chester

For information, the programme for the event and online booking click here
We are preparing programmes for the following workshops in 2010:

The Effective Audit Committee – 17 June Glasgow

What‘s new in fraud – 30 June London

Regulation of investigatory powers act – 14 September London, 16 September York

Audit risk & performance can we get more for less? – 29 September Birmingham, 6
October London, 7 October York

Scams, bribery, corruption – 19 October Chester, 21 October York, 2 November
Edinburgh, 4 November London

Pension governance & audit – 3 November London, 10 November York, 11 November

Improving partnership governance – 30 November London, 2 December Leeds

You can also use your BGF event places for these training events:
  21-Apr Essential Financial Skills for Service Managers              Bristol
  23-Apr Introduction to NHS Finance                                  London
  26-Apr Interpreting Commercial Accounts                             London
  29-Apr Developing & Managing Teams                                  Manchester
 04-May Managing & Controlling Budgets for Service Managers           London
 10-May Understanding Central Government Finance                      London
 11-May Developing & Managing Teams                                   London
 12-May Understanding the Statement of Accounts–elected members       London
 13-May Understanding the Statement of Accounts–elected members       York
 25-May Understanding Local Gov Finance–elected members               London
 26-May Understanding Local Gov Finance–elected members               York
 27-May Understanding Local Gov Finance–for elected members           Manchester
  16-Jun Preparing Your Budget                                        York
  16-Jun Effective Budget Scrutiny                                    London
  17-Jun Social Marketing                                             London
  29-Jun Developing Commercial Skills (2 day Course)                  London
  29-Jun Presentation Skills - Getting Your Message Across            London
   14-Jul Effective Audit Committees                                  London
   15-Jul Introduction to NHS Finance                                 Bristol
 09-Sep Understanding Central Government Finance                      York
 09-Sep Leading & Managing Change                                     London
 14-Sep Introduction to Risk Management                               York
 16-Sep Influencing Skills                                            London
 30-Sep Understanding Local Government Finance                        London
 30-Sep Developing & Managing Teams                                   London
  07-Oct Introduction to Coaching                                     London
 14-Oct    Managing Individuals                                              London
 19-Oct    Introduction to NHS Finance                                       London
 02-Nov    Developing & Managing Teams                                       Cardiff
 23-Nov    Effective Audit Committees                                        London
 30-Nov    Leading & Managing Change                                         Birmingham

The CIPFA Audit Conference 2010 ‘Audit: Making a
Difference in Challenging Times’
18/19 May – Manchester Renaissance Hotel
The CIPFA Audit Conference is the key national event for internal and external audit
teams from across the full spectrum of public services. 2010 sees the event being
completely re-shaped to offer you an even more efficient, effective and up-to-date
conference. Two packed days of strategic, practical, motivating and innovative
sessions will send you and your teams away fully armed with vital information and
new strategic ideas. The CIPFA Audit Conference 2010 ‗Audit: Making a Difference in
Challenging Times‘

CIPFA’s Annual Conference 2010 – The turning point
Tuesday 8 – Thursday 10 June 2010. Harrogate International Conference Centre. The
UK's leading public sector finance event | CIPFA Annual Conference 2010

The CIPFA IT Audit & Security Conference 2010 - Tuesday 6 &
Wednesday 7 July 2010. The Crowne Plaza Hotel Birmingham City.

CIPFA Better Governance Forum Annual Conference – save the
date – 14 October, London

Stop Press

Until the election, public bodies follow pre-election guidelines for this period -
'purdah'. In recognition we will still keep this newsletter up to date as normal, but
without including quotes or references to Ministers, MPs, or Councillors, or citation of
our initiatives in the context of government programmes.

Things to look forward to in 2010
There are a range of new features that will be exclusively available free to CIPFA
Better Governance Forum Members this year:

Audit Committee Update – you should now have received the first edition
5. The aim of this briefing paper is to support audit committee members directly with
relevant, topical briefings and pointers to useful information. It will be sent directly
to subscribers with a request that you forward it on to your audit committee
members. There will be 3 editions a year and all will be free to BGF subscribers.
Fraud Risk Evaluation Diagnostic (FRED) – The purpose of FRED is to enable
practitioners such as risk managers, internal auditors, finance managers, counter
fraud specialists, to obtain an understanding of the susceptibility to fraud and
corruption of their organisation.
It has been designed to complement the Red Book and has been constructed to:
     enable anyone new to an organisation to quickly gain an overview of the
        susceptibility of the organisation to fraud and to identify the high risk areas
     support practitioners to maintain an understanding of the level of fraud risk in
        the organisation over time
     Aid planning of work designed to combat fraud and corruption and as part of
        the development of a zero-tolerance culture.
We think doing FRED will also inform/add to the Annual Governance Statement /
Statement of Internal Control
We think FRED will help provide information for assessment of internal control by
both Internal Audit and External Audit
     FRED 1 - Overall counter fraud risk arrangements. Methodology to identify,
        evidence and report risks against each criteria of the Red Book.
     FRED 2 - Indications from seven sources identifying areas susceptible to

Effective Internal Audit - We are finalising this guide and thank you to those who
have provided case studies for inclusion. The guide will be available free to
subscribers on the BGF website in the spring. It will consider how internal audit can
be effective and the importance of assurance frameworks. It will feature case studies
of how internal auditors are developing their services and adding value, two
improvement tools and links to further information and resources.

Gower Publications Discount
Members of the CIPFA Better Governance Forum are entitled to 20% discount on all
relevant Gower publications. CIPFA Networks - Better Governance Forum

2010 is CIPFA's 125 anniversary
To help celebrate we would like stories from CIPFA members to share online and in
print in 2010. For example, why did you take the CIPFA qualification, what has it
done for your career and what does CIPFA mean to you? Please send your comments
and stories to corporate@cipfa.org.uk.

Consultation: the role of the Head of Internal Audit
Are you working in or with the internal audit function? If you are, CIPFA would
welcome your views on the key principles and issues concerning the role of the head
of internal audit. Your comments will help shape a new project.

CIPFA’s training DVD for raising the awareness of all staff on
anti money laundering, combating economic crime and
This was launched at the 2009 CIPFA Audit Conference.
     It includes presentations from key public sector figures and life-like film clip
     It can be used individually or as part of team based training.
     It explains how employees can spot suspicious behaviour and reportable
      offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 or the Terrorism Act 2000 and
      advises them what they should do.
CIPFA Networks - Better Governance Forum

Risk Management Toolkit – a practical guide for the risk
enabled organisation
Available on the Better Governance Forum website. The web-based Toolkit will help
you develop and improve your risk management. The Toolkit features good practice,
case studies from 14 public sector bodies, over 50 documents (including risk
management strategies, training material & annual reports) and links to other useful
resources on the BGF website and external websites. A practical toolkit for the risk-
enabled organisation

Fraud Awareness E-Learning Packages – 20% discount for
member organisations of the CIPFA Better Governance Forum

“Fraud Awareness” - The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in partnership
with Learning Resources International has developed a two hour online training
package. We endorse this product which underpins and enhances an anti-fraud
organisational culture, is interactive and appropriate for all council staff. Topics
     Fraud indicators
     Fraudster profile
     Whistleblowing
     Employment checks
     Fraudulent invoices
     Application/Claim checks
     Identity fraud
     Document verification

For more information please email info@lri.co.uk or telephone 01234 714778.

“Focus on...Fraud and Corruption” - an online training package jointly developed
by Meritec Ltd. and 8 Local Authorities. We endorse this product which quickly
delivers an effective foundation of corporate fraud awareness for staff in 45 minutes.
50 Local Authorities have so far licensed the package, including Counties, Unitaries
and Shire Districts. One of the largest users, a County Council, is currently rolling out
Focus on...Fraud & Corruption to all of its 30000 staff, plus Members and schools. It
is proving to be a most cost effective training programme.
An updated and refreshed version of the product will be available for 2010/11. This
will contain 8 Chapters including 3 Spotlight Chapters that enable Authorities to raise
awareness on the latest ―hot issues‖. Authorities can choose from a range of topics
for inclusion in their Spotlight Chapters at no additional cost. For example, this
includes content on Housing Tenancy Fraud and Recruitment Fraud – 2 of the topics
identified in Audit Commission‘s Protecting the Public Purse as ―needing more
The key benefits of Focus on... Fraud & Corruption are:
     Improved use of resources: It provides immediate contributions to Use of
      Resources KLOE 2.4
    Reduced losses from fraud: More timely fraud referrals can result from
      improved awareness. Such referrals can save Councils £000s in losses and
      protect against a damaged reputation
    Cost savings on training: Preparation and delivery costs are minimal.
      Training is available 24/7 and staff can fulfil their training needs at the most
      suitable time and location
    Improved performance: Counter Fraud teams have access to quality
      information on potential fraud enabling more effective investigations and
      timely management action
    Reduced implementation costs: It is a hosted solution which learners (with
      the appropriate password) can access via any PC that has an Internet
For further information or for a free trial of the product, please contact
Focus@meritec.co.uk or simply call Meritec on 0845 345 1144.

Back issues of these weekly newsletters
In response to requests, we have created a repository of previous issues of weekly
newsletters. It‘s on the BGF Home page – ―newsletters‖ one of the choices on the left
hand side. CIPFA Networks - Better Governance Forum

Counter Fraud
Portsmouth FC - chiefs face jail for tax evasion. Portsmouth FC chiefs face jail for
tax evasion

Launderers in the news - A semi-retired property salesman has admitted £4m in
money laundering offences after he was caught trying to smuggle nearly £60,000 in
cash out of the country in his underpants. The Law Society - News

New bribery law puts overseas payments under scrutiny - Onus is now on
business to prevent dishonesty and act seen as indirect response to BAE case.

The UK Bribery Act 2010 - What You Need To Know From MacRoberts.

Hidden threats - On the 4 February 2010 the Master of the Rolls sitting together
with Lord Justice Kay and Lord Justice Stanley Burnton in the Court of Appeal Civil
Division delivered in R v City of Westminster Magistrates Court (ex parte
Perinpanathan) [2010] EWCA Civ 40 what for many will prove to be an explosive
judgment in relation to all proceedings involving the detention and or forfeiture of
cash in magistrates‘ court proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
Solicitors Journal - Hidden threats

Sacked fraud-buster MEP to apply for OLAF DG vacancy - The EU's former chief
accountant who was sacked for blowing the whistle on fraud of EU funds has said she
will apply for the vacancy of head of Olaf. EU Politics News - theParliament.com
Council steps up benefit fraud convictions in Wiltshire - Wiltshire Council has
increased its number of successful cautions and prosecutions for benefit fraud.
Council steps up benefit fraud convictions in Wiltshire (From This Is Wiltshire)

'Growing threat of economic crime' in construction industry - In the global
construction industry there is the growing threat of economic crime, according to a
new survey.
Over the past year, one-quarter of construction companies have suffered from
crimes such as accounting fraud and bribery and asset misappropriation, the survey
from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has found.
'Growing threat of economic crime' in construction industry | Chartered Management

Kingston Hospital contractor's boss, from Croydon, charged with fraud - A
Kingston Hospital security and cleaning chief with private firm ISS has been charged
with fraud, in relation to claims he defrauded illegal immigrants out of their cleaning
wages. He was arrested by Kingston police in November, on suspicion of blackmail at
the hospital, after a joint investigation with the UK Border Agency.
Kingston Hospital contractor's boss, from Croydon, charged with fraud (From Your
Local Guardian)

Innospec Sentencing: SFO Plea Deal Went too Far - From CMS Cameron
McKenna LLP. http://www.mondaq.com/news.asp?e=1&a=97870&q=483354

Five scams to watch out for - Fraudsters are thinking of new and innovative ways
to steal people‘s identities and persuade them to part with their cash. Phishing
emails, dodgy Tweets, fake charities and phantom flat transfers are among the new
ID scams that have recently been uncovered. Credit reference agency Equifax says a
recessionary climate signals new opportunities for criminals. Five scams to watch out
for | Moneywise

Probably the best-known scam book and movie of contemporary times - was
the story of conman Frank Abagnale, who authored The Art of the Steal and Catch
Me If You Can (subsequently a blockbuster movie with Leo DiCaprio).
The Art of the Steal
Catch Me If You Can

Fraud Poll - One sixth of people across all consumers surveyed in UK, France,
Germany and the US, said they had been victims of fraud. The greatest incidence of
fraud amongst respondents was in the US where consumers said ‗there‘s more
chance being a victim of fraud than having my car stolen‘.

Over 800 fraud victims get their money back - Over 800 people who were the
victims of a criminal mail fraud have had their money returned to them by SOCA.
British executive jailed for part in Greek healthcare corruption - Former
DePuy executive Robert John Dougall pleaded guilty on Wednesday at Southwark
Crown Court after admitting his involvement in £4.5 million corrupt payments to
medical professionals within the Greek state healthcare system. British executive
jailed for part in Greek healthcare corruption

Reckoning up the true cost of fraud - While most of the talk of late has been on
public expenditure and cuts, one sure way of making savings is by clamping down on
fraud. Reckoning up the true cost of fraud | Public | Public

Risk Management
Something for politicians to read as they decide which policies to risk
putting in their manifestos - The Institute of Risk Management has teamed up
with AIRMIC and Alarm to produce a practical guide to the successful implementation
of the international standard ISO 31000 'Risk Management – Principles and
Guidelines', released at the end of 2009.
The new guide provides a helpful commentary on ISO 31000, as well as further
guidance on successful implementation. In particular the guide recognises that risk
has both an upside & a downside and offers additional advice on various concepts
including ‗risk appetite‘. Press release

Big Banks Mask Risk Levels - Major banks have masked their risk levels in the
past five quarters by temporarily lowering their debt just before reporting it to the
public, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Flood and Water Management Bill becomes law - The new legislation requires
the Environment Agency to create a National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk
Management Strategy, which a number of organisations will have to follow. Flood
and Water Management Bill becomes law

AIRMIC news April 2010 - This month's contents include:
    Non-disclosure – AIRMIC seeks market solution
    AIRMIC calls for Solvency II changes
    Annual Conference goes green as numbers mount
    Lloyd‘s chief predicts rate increases as AIRMIC vision goes live
    Handling catastrophic claims
    Supply chains
    Business continuity survey
    Subcontractor risk
    Reviewing service providers
    Whistleblowers
    Where next for AIRMIC?
    Managing pollution liabilities
    The grey fleet

Download for AIRMIC News April 2010
Tenant Checks Are Not An Optional Extra - Too many landlords are failing to make
simple checks on tenants before handing over the keys to their rental properties. This
significantly increases the risk attached to every tenancy where the landlord has no idea about a
tenant’s past financial history. Money4Media.com

Is Your Health And Safety As Good As You Think? - Well-managed
organisations are being encouraged to find out if their health and safety is as good as
they think it might be. Aviva Risk Management Solutions (ARMS) wants businesses
and other organisations to consider whether they could achieve the internationally
recognised standard for occupational safety and health - BS OHSAS 18001.
Click for more >

BSI adopts the international standard for risk management - BS ISO 31000 is
the international standard for risk management. It provides principles and generic
guidelines on risk management. BS ISO 31000 can help you:
       Improve operational effectiveness and efficiency
       Minimize losses
       Improve governance
       Improve controls
       Improve stakeholder confidence and trust
       Establish a reliable basis for decision making and planning
       Encourage proactive management
       Improve the identification of opportunities and threats.
BSI adopts the international standard for risk management

How to „Get Smart‟ About Risk Management - Doing something that doesn‘t
work over and over again just doesn‘t make sense. For example, take conventional
risk management, which focuses primarily on protecting existing assets, not future
growth. Despite its limited focus on asset protection, conventional risk management
doesn‘t work in today‘s complex business environment, as evidenced by the recent
financial crisis. Deloitte‘s Frederick Funston and Stephen Wagner conclude that
conventional risk management is fatally flawed and counter these shortcomings with
intelligence — risk intelligence — in their new book, ―Surviving and Thriving in
Uncertainty: Creating the Risk Intelligent Enterprise.‖ How to ‗Get Smart‘ About Risk
Management | TTKN News

Definitive Sentencing Guidance For Corporate Manslaughter Confirms
Rejection Of Turnover Test - From Clifford Chance.

IIA Guidance Releases New Practice Advisory - The IIA has issued Practice
Advisory 2200-2: Using a Top-down, Risk-based Approach to Identify the Controls to
be Assessed in an Internal Audit Engagement. Practice Advisory 2200-2: Using a
Top-down, Risk-based Approach to Identify the Controls to be Assessed in an
Internal Audit Engagement

Perceptions of Audit Quality: A Survey Analysis (CIPFA, 2009) is now
available on TISonline - This is the most comprehensive survey of the opinions of
auditors and their clients that has been carried out in the United Kingdom. It
compares the results with the survey carried out in 1997, which identified a 'quality
expectations gap' between auditors and their clients. Perceptions of Audit Quality: A
Survey Analysis (CIPFA, 2009)

PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2010 Global Internal Audit Study - Internal Auditors
Should Serve as Strategic Advisors on Risk Assessment and Management. Insurance
News - PricewaterhouseCoopers' 2010 Global Internal Audit Study: Internal Auditors
Should Serve as Strategic Advisors on Risk Assessment and Management - Must aid
C-suite in Positioning Business for Long-Term Success

Full audit of BBC - A pledge to open the BBC's accounts to a full audit by the
National Audit office, a measure the broadcaster has steadfastly opposed.

Big business looking to “upgrade” internal audit - Chief executives across
diverse industries are intending to upgrade their internal audit departments. gaap-
ifrs.com | News line | Big business looking to ―upgrade‖ internal audit

Overwhelmed by IT - Internal Audit Execs Agree Improving Tech Skills Is Top
Concern, New Protiviti Research Shows. Overwhelmed by IT: Internal Audit Execs
Agree Improving Tech Skills Is Top Concern, New Protiviti Research Shows

Audit inspections will target banks in 2010 - Financial watchdog widens scope of
audit investigations. Audit inspections will target banks in 2010 - Accountancy Age

Councils ''must make 30 per cent cuts'' - Councils are going to have to make
cuts of up to 30 per cent once the "honeymoon period" is over and the tough times
kick in, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Councils ''must make 30
per cent cuts'' - Public Service

Top firms launch search for bigger role in company audits - Profession tries to
move beyond "accounting gimmicks" image and prove audit's worth after the
economic crisis and the Lehman Brothers collapse. Top firms launch search for bigger
role in company audits - Accountancy Age

Information Governance
The Freedom of Information Act - will be extended to cover four more public
bodies and increase the public‘s right to access information, Justice Minister Michael
Wills has announced.
The bodies covered by the change are: the Association of Chief Police Officers
(ACPO), the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS), the Universities and Colleges
Admissions Service (UCAS) and Academy Trusts – the bodies responsible for
Academy Schools.
(with effect from Oct 2011 subject to passing of the relevant SI)

Cybercriminals target non-conventional appliances - As the threat of malware
continues to evolve over time with cybercriminals now targeting non-conventional
electronic appliances such as battery chargers and digital photo frames, companies
need to pay even more attention to their quality control practices. Cybercriminals
target non-conventional appliances | Security Management | ZDNet UK

NHS mix-up blamed on decade-old coding error - A technical error dating back
more than a decade has been cited as the cause of incorrect organ donation details
being recorded in an NHS database. NHS mix-up blamed on decade-old coding error
| Application Development | ZDNet UK

MoD reports hundreds of confidential data losses - The Ministry of Defence has
reported 347 losses of supposedly protected information last year.
The ministry recorded 71 incidents of lost confidential data in January and February
2010. According to a parliamentary written answer published on 8 April, the figure
for those two months almost equals the total number of losses for 2005.
MoD reports hundreds of confidential data losses | Security Management | ZDNet UK

Getting tougher to unlock information - Fresh from ordering Lord Ashcroft to
reveal his tax status, the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham has
signalled his intent to get tough. He tells Dean Carroll how this more robust attitude
to releasing information is producing results in an era of "public service by Facebook"
Getting tougher to unlock information - Public Service

Google under fire - Hard times continue for the search giant as it faces new
challenges from telecoms groups and EU regulators. Google under fire

ICO Guidance on redacting and extracting information - This is part of a
series of guidance notes produced to help public authorities understand their
obligations and to promote good practice. Redact and extract information

'Control' of patient data needed - The Health Service Executive (HSE) has been
ordered to tighten control of sensitive patient information after a watchdog
uncovered a series of data security lapses. Safety of patient data

Changing your password regularly is mostly pointless, says Microsoft
researcher - Changing a password often will help only if the attacker waits weeks
before exploiting the password. Should you change your password

Governments urged to follow UK open data lead - With all three of the main
parties committed to greater transparency of citizen data, one of the few common
grounds of the election campaign won backing from a leading European academic
this week. Make data freely available

Check Point introduces new software blades for data loss prevention and
unified event management - Check Point has moved into the data loss prevention
(DLP) space with a new blade added to its network infrastructure. Checkpoint data

Court rules against employer reading an employee's personal email in what
could prove to be a landmark case - The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled
that an employer cannot read email messages sent via a third-party email service
provider, even if the emails are accessed during work hours from a company PC.
Employee emails off limits for employer
Implementing ISO27001 in the real world - real life experience of the impact
ISO27001 on organisation. http://www.scmagazineuk.com/implementing-iso27001-

Essex County Council giving free 'telecare' to elderly - Some 3,500 of Essex's
most frail residents have taken advantage of a £4m grant that's meant they have
been offered a free way to call for help or get assistance when needed. Elderly

Police question climategate information seekers - Police are investigating
anyone who requested information from the university department at the centre of
the ‗climategate‘ scandal. Police inquiry into FOI request

Ethical standards
I‟m paid too much, says police chief, and so are lots of other public service
bosses - The pay packages of public sector chief executives are unjustifiable,
irresponsible and must be reined in, according to one of Britain‘s top police officers.
Writing in The Times, Sir Norman Bettison, the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire,
said that his £213,000 salary and pension package was too large.

The role of civic mayor - The office of civic mayor is a demanding one and is
frequently governed by complicated regulations and official procedures. This new
IDeA guide is aimed at potential and newly-appointed mayors. It provides a broad
outline of the duties and responsibilities, and clear guidance on the benefits and
pitfalls of the role. Civic mayors

Hung parliament high on FDs' concerns - A hung parliament is chief among the
concerns of UK finance directors according to a survey by Big Four firm Deloitte.

Local Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny) Bill 2009-10 - The Bill has been
dropped and will make no further progress. www.parliament.uk | Bills before

Legal eagles help local authorities through the maze - A pioneering partnership
between local authorities and legal firms in the East Midlands is being extended for a
further four years and assisting in-house teams. Legal eagles help local authorities
through the maze | Public | Public

Queen to open new Parliament on 25 May - State Opening kicks off new
parliamentary session and sets Government's legislative agenda. Queen to open new
Parliament on 25 May

Prince of Wales will take wedding 'secret' to his grave - Legal advice that
enabled the Prince of Wales to marry the Duchess of Cornwall must remain secret
until after the heir to the throne‘s death under a ruling by Jack Straw, the Justice
Secretary. Charles wedding secrets
Corporate Governance
Why didn‟t they pilot the project with one regional centre first? - The
Government's programme to replace 46 local fire & rescue service control rooms with
9 purpose-built regional control centres has been inadequately planned, poorly
executed and badly managed, says the Communities and Local Government Select
Launching a report of an inquiry into the FiReControl project, CLG Committee Chair
Dr Phyllis Starkey said; "The original aims and expected benefits of this scheme
were, in our view, sound. But the department has clearly not learned from its
previous mistakes with the New Dimension project. FiReControl is yet another
catalogue of further poor judgement and mismanagement."
On balance, however, given the investment of public funds already committed, and
the benefits that will accrue, MPs conclude that DCLG should press ahead with the
FireControl project so long as Ministers can agree urgently a viable project plan that
will see the project go live by a target date of mid-2011 and in which the main
stakeholders can have confidence.
A lack of openness, collaboration & explanation by DCLG means many Fire & Rescue
Authorities now have profound reservations about whether the new regional system
will deliver a more efficient, safer service. Press releas

Guidance on community governance reviews - Local government - Communities
and Local Government - The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act
2007 (Part 4) devolved power from the Secretary of State to principal councils to
carry out community governance reviews and put in place or make changes to local
community governance arrangements.
This guidance is intended to provide assistance to principal councils on undertaking
community governance reviews and making recommendations on electoral
arrangements for parish councils.
This publication has recently been updated in light of the establishment of the Local
Government Boundary Commission for England.
Guidance on community governance reviews - Local government - Communities and
Local Government

Payment by committee - Public sector ‗fat cats‘ are the latest target of attacks as
the financial crisis continues. Could independent remuneration committees restore
faith in senior staff pay? Payment by committee | Public Finance

What we still need to know about Stafford - It is argued that Stafford – and the
NHS – should get on with the job of improvement, and that we know what went
wrong internally. But that misses the point. We still need an inquiry into the whole
policy framework that provided the backdrop to Stafford. What we still need to know
about Stafford - Public Service

Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill 2008-09 to 2009-10 - This Bill was
originally laid before Parliament in the 2008-09 Session.
Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent
on 8 April. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).
Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill 2008-09 to 2009-10: RSS feed
Mergers: a simple process? - Departmental agencies and non-departmental public
bodies look ripe for merging in a bid to save money by the next government. On
paper it looks simple but how will it work in practice? Mergers: a simple process? |
Public | Public

Influencing board appointments puts FSA in firing line - CISI warns FSA that
board appointment interference opens the authority up to responsiblity for
companies' performance. Influencing board appointments puts FSA in firing line -
Accountancy Age

Preparing for power - Next PM, please take note: whichever way you cut it,
Whitehall is going to need a radical shake-up to cope with the upheavals ahead. The
Institute for Government has got a to-do list. Preparing for power | Public Finance

The future of fire service training - West Midlands Fire Service had been
providing experiential education and training at several fire stations for a number of
years. However, 'Safeside' looks to the future with the first purpose-built training
facility of its kind in the UK. The 'Safeside' centre is a full-size indoor village,
featuring a real street scene with pedestrian crossing, double-decker bus, car,
railway, canal, green space, dark alley, a police station and much more... Safeside at
Eastside – West Midlands Fire Service‘s Safety Education Centre

Total Place “will make no difference” - Forty eight per cent of senior local
authority employees think that the 'Total Place' initiative will make no difference to
services or might even make them worse, according to research by the Interserve
support services and construction company. Total Place ''will make no difference'' -
Public Service

The NHS is making progress but - it has a way to go before it can be called
"world class", according to a report from the King's Fund think tank. NHS is ''a long
way from world class'' - Public Service

Staff give HMRC managers a roasting - Only 18% of HMRC staff are proud to
work for the taxman, leaked document reveals.
It‘s no secret accountants have many complaints about the taxman – but HMRC‘s
own employees appear to have even more gripes.
According to an HMRC document leaked this week to dissident ICAEW member Ken
Frost – People Survey: HMRC Results, from February 2010 – its workers aren‘t a
happy bunch. Only 18% say they are proud to work for the department and just
14% would recommend working for it. Just 13% of those surveyed agreed that ―as a
whole HMRC is managed well‖, with 12% agreeing they ―have confidence in the
decisions made by HMRC‘s senior managers‖.

CIPFA Job Opportunities
Career opportunities are advertised and full details and job descriptions are provided
by the relevant jobs. View current vacancies here.
Contact CIPFA Recruitment
There is always someone available to take a call or answer a question that you may
have relating to our recruitment process or the positions available. Please feel free to
email/call us if you have a query. We look forward to hearing from you.
Telephone: 020 7543 5771/5820
Email: recruitment@cipfa.org
Address: CIPFA Group, HR Department, 3 Robert Street, London, WC2N 6RL

CIPFA Talent: the finance and accountancy trainee recruitment
CIPFA has launched a new service to help finance and accountancy trainees apply for
their first roles. CIPFA Talent lets trainees fill in one online application form that can
then be considered by various employers from across the UK. Register online here.

Careers with the Audit Commission
Deciding how best to use your talents and choose a career path in which you get to
see your endeavours making a real difference can be a daunting task. Here at the
Audit Commission, we hope to make it easier by giving you all the facts and showing
you some real examples of how our work has touched the lives of millions. Careers
at the Audit Commission

Wandsworth Borough Council
Strategic Finance Manager £40,506 to £43,152
Closing date 19 April
We pride ourselves on our commitment to continually improving the financial
services we provide to both our external and internal customers, and we need
experienced managers with relevant accountancy qualifications to help us achieve
further improvements and develop our dedicated staff teams.
Reporting directly to the Head of Finance you‘ll have the ability to deputise across all
of the finance teams in the Adult Social Services Department.
You‘ll be a fully qualified accountant with extensive management experience. With a
proven track record in establishing and maintaining high levels of service
performance, you‘ll have a sound understanding of financial controls and procedures
as well as accountancy processes.
For further details and to apply on-line go to www.wandsworth.gov.uk/jobs
Alternatively, email adultssrecruit@wandsworth.gov.uk or telephone 020 8871 7694
for an application pack quoting Ref: AS/113.
Closing date/time: 19 April 2010 (midnight).
Interviews will take place during week beginning 17 May 2010.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young
people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this
CVs are not accepted.

Counter Fraud & Loss Prevention Manager £40,000
Closing date 23 April
Fraud and corruption in the international aid sector means less resources for people
living in poverty. Oxfam believes this is unacceptable and we work hard to reduce
losses by having good management control. We have a professional team in place to
ensure opportunity for fraud is reduced and where it does happen, it is investigated
and dealt with robustly and lessons are learned. In this key role, you will lead our
global counter fraud efforts, ensuring a well managed counter fraud service is
delivered as well as influencing organisational approaches to loss reduction, freeing
up more resources to fight poverty and injustice.
The role
Loss Prevention management in Oxfam GB is a broad-based challenge with a truly
international reach. You would report to the Head of Internal Audit covering
operational humanitarian and development work in 70 countries as well as a UK
retail network of over 700 shops. You would be responsible for ensuring there are
appropriate policies and practices in place, managing a team of 3 professional staff,
leading and supporting a global network of other staff trained to provide
counterfraud resource, as well as working with managers to reduce exposure to loss
through fraud. You will also need to liaise with other organisations in the sector to
help raise standards, and provide Oxfam Trustees and senior managers with advice
on best practice developments in counterfraud activity.
Who we are looking for
You will need to be an experienced counter fraud specialist, auditor, or forensic
accountant, with specific exposure to investigative work and loss reduction
management frameworks. You will be a highly skilled communicator who can adapt
your approach to each new audience and situation, then quickly gain the confidence
and trust of everyone around you. Personal qualities required include diligence,
tenacity and a sharp eye for detail, and the particular nature of the work of Oxfam
calls for empathy, diplomacy and tact. From a practical standpoint, you must be
prepared for extensive international travel and fluency in an additional languages
would be favourable.
To find out more about this role and to apply, visit www.oxfam.org.uk/jobs and
quote ref: FIN261

Progress Housing Group
Group Accountant Up to £40,000
Closing date 23 April
Progress Housing Group is committed to providing high quality housing and related
services to communities through our three subsidiaries, New Progress Housing
Association, Progress Care Housing Association and New Fylde Housing. We have
over 8,000 properties generating £54m turnover with assets valued at over £350
We need astute and highly motivated people to drive our plans to achieve even
better performance and future growth. You‘ll be a fully qualified CCAB accountant
with a good knowledge of UKGAAP with proven experience in delivering high quality
financial information. It is essential that you also have proven experience of
managing finance staff, which is a key part of this role, with the ability to motivate
others. You‘ll be required to work effectively with minimum supervision, have
excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills. You‘ll be an enthusiastic
individual focused on process improvements and ideally from a commercial
For further information and to apply online, go to www.progressgroup.org.uk,
alternatively telephone the 24 hour recruitment line on 01772 450688, quoting the
reference number.
Closing date: 12noon Friday 23rd April 2010.
Interviews will be held on Wednesday 5th May 2010.

Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Group Accountant – Schools £38,042 to £44,535
Closing date 28 April
Key to the success of the Business Services Directorate is a proactive, innovative and
flexible Financial Management Service providing accountancy services to the Council.
Reporting to the Strategic Accountant, the Group Accountant works very closely with
Head teachers and Business Managers in Schools, providing a high standard
accounting service covering both revenue and capital.
The role offers variety in an ever improving and innovative environment. We are
looking for an enthusiastic and committed individual who can work flexibly and
ensure a high standard of accounting services is provided, meeting the challenges of
an ever changing environment.
You will have a strong track record of delivering financial management services and
be expected to develop a close and effective working relationship with senior officers
and also support external projects, partnerships, forums, boards and agencies
associated with the Directorate.
You will have excellent management skills with evidence of successful motivational
skills and team management.
For an application pack, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0161 474 4482 or
email: jobs@stockport.gov.uk
Applications should be returned to the Recruitment Team, 2nd Floor Stopford House,
Piccadilly, Stockport SK1 3XE.

Shared By: