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  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    The NAO report last week on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and the collapse of Carillion has led us to focus on PFI in this week's chart. That PFI financing is more expensive than government borrowing for new infrastructure is a well rehe...
    • 24 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the Week

    After a short interlude while I was in Harare, meeting some of our stakeholders in Zimbabwe here is a delayed Chart of the week from last week. Here at home, the news has been all about the demise of Carillion, so this chart looks at the p...
    • 23 Jan 2018
  • What does the 25 year plan to improve the environment mean for accountants?

    On 11th January Theresa May unveiled the government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment. It was the first keynote speech on the environment by a prime minister since Tony Blair in 2000. 18 years after Blair’s address, the issues out...
    • 23 Jan 2018
  • Beware of unintended consequences

    Whenever there are major corporate scandals, one of the first questions asked is ‘what did the auditors know and why didn’t they forewarn us about the risks?’.  This often leads on to questions about the governance and oversigh...
    • 19 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    With the Chancellor and Brexit Secretary both in Germany today to discuss future trade terms, this week also sees the start of one of the more complicated budgeting processes in the world: the European Union’s multi-year financial framewor...
    • 10 Jan 2018
  • Supporting the gig-economy

    ICAEW’s vision is for a world of strong economies. We have been asking how economies can be built on fair and just societies, and how growth can be achieved within what nature can provide. Our support for the UN Global Goals is a key part of th...
    • 9 Jan 2018
  • Help us to maintain high standards of practice – apply now

    We are recruiting for ICAEW members to serve on our professional conduct and regulatory committees. If you have the experience to help us maintain and support high standards of practice and professional conduct and would like to serve on one of ...
    • 9 Jan 2018
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    Happy New Year - I hope 2018 proves to be a successful, healthy and prosperous year for all! As has become usual at this time of year, this week's news in the UK is dominated by the debate on the adequacy of funding for the Nation...
    • 3 Jan 2018
  • An Uplifting End to a Successful Year

    I began my last blog by emphasising how busy I had been, touring South East Asia. This month may have trumped that, taking me to Mauritius, Dubai and India in the space of just ten days.   Mauritius My travels began in Mauritius, where we have b...
    • 20 Dec 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    We are wrapping up our series of charts of the week with a look at Santa’s balance sheet. This chart takes Father Christmas’s financial position immediately before the start of his deliveries to around 27.6m households across the UK...
    • 19 Dec 2017
  • Celebrating 2017 in ICAEW's Europe Region

    In our first regional newsletter, I said that 2017 is going to be an exciting and challenging one for ICAEW in Europe. And it has been.  We are talking about the big issues: informing the Brexit debate; tackling intergenerational fairness and pr...
    • 18 Dec 2017
  • Top five sustainability reads for Christmas

    At our last ICAEW Sustainability Committee meeting we asked our members to come up with the most inspiring sustainability content that they've encountered recently. We encouraged them to submit content in all sorts of formats &nda...
    • 14 Dec 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    As the year draws to a close, many of us will be taking stock of this year and thinking about what we will do next year.  In that spirit, today's Chart of the week looks at the £809bn of public spending planned for the coming financia...
    • 11 Dec 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    With this week's Brexit talks turning into a rollercoaster ride, our ICAEW Chart of the week looks at the money element of he deal. Our report ‘Analysing the EU exit charge' published in May had a high scenario, which including contributions in...
    • 5 Dec 2017
  • Corporate reporting: is it heading in the right direction?

    In recent decades there have been major changes in corporate reporting. Not only have there been significant changes in accounting standards, including the adoption of IFRS in many countries, but there has also been an explosion in narrative reportin...
    • 29 Nov 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    Today's ICAEW chart of the week, looks at the overall impact of last week's budget on the tax system.  Usually the first budget after an election is a tax-raising budget - so how did the chancellor do? There were 34 tax measures ...
    • 28 Nov 2017
  • Improving public financial management

    This article is a longer read containing some more in-depth reflections on the issues facing Governments in improving Public Financial Management to closer to commercial "best practice". Introduction Much has been written about the need to ...
    • 28 Nov 2017
  • A Whirlwind Tour of the Far East

    Earlier this month I travelled to Singapore and Malaysia for what was one of my busiest trips so far. As such, this is a longer than usual blog post, but please do read on. ICAEW and our wider profession have such a strong and ever-expanding base in ...
    • 27 Nov 2017
  • Cyber and data protection for your business

    The importance of protecting personal data and staying secure online are ideas that we can all get behind. Wanting to have some control over what people know about us, or say about us, isn’t a new idea. What is new, are the methods by which inf...
    • 27 Nov 2017
  • Is business doing enough to reduce inequality?

    With all eyes on the Chancellor’s budget yesterday, there was continued focus on inequality and what can be done to reduce it. With the living wage increasing by 4.4%, income inequality is predicted to be at its lowest for 30 years. As busines...
    • 23 Nov 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    A slightly delayed Chart of the Week from ICAEW follows from this week's budget.  The chart shows how various factors have combined to turn George Osborne's July 2015 forecast of a £10bn surplus by 2019-20 into a £35bn deficit ...
    • 23 Nov 2017
  • Challenge mindsets with our new in-house training resource: False Assurance with incorporated commentary

    Our first training film, False Assurance® is now available with incorporated commentary – this bespoke version of the film enables a small group of accountants or individuals to simulate the thought-provoking discussions generated...
    • 21 Nov 2017
  • Managing the public balance sheet

    Our latest publication in the ICAEW Better Government Series on "Managing the public balance sheet"  is now available. With governments around the world now adopting accruals accounting, they are gaining a wealth of valuable information ab...
    • 16 Nov 2017
  • The disappearance of Housing Association debt (from the National Accounts)

    In a statement late last week the ONS announced they now are treating housing associations as part of the Private sector in the National Accounts. Practically, this means the published National Debt figure (Public Secto...
    • 16 Nov 2017
  • ICAEW Chart of the week

    As talks about the EU exit charge and trade deals continue, this week’s ICAEW Chart of the Week is on the topic of international trade.   The UK ran a substantial £92bn surplus in its trade in services in 2016, with exports of &poun...
    • 14 Nov 2017