Headlines: June 14th, 2000

The union for public finance professionals, CIPFA, begins its annual conference today (Wednesday, June 14) concerned with accountability.’Corporate governance’ was a term relatively unused in the public sector in the early 1990’s and yet now it is one of the dominating features of the modernisation agenda. Governance and the Citizen, held over two days in Brighton, will similarly lead its agenda with concerns about openness, accessibility and inclusivity.

The hosts of the first session will be members of a joint LGA/SOLACE/CIPFA/Audit Commission Working Party on local government’s corporate governance. A panel of speakers drawn from the working party membership will explain the content and context of their work and discuss its practical application.

Other speakers include Bertie Ahern, Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, Lord Neill, Chairman, Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Richard Wilson, Secretary of the Cabinet, and Ken Livingstone, MP, Mayor of London.

Link: www.cipfa.org.uk/cc/conference.ht