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To pay or not to pay

I’m a firm supporter of our publicly funded health service and would stand by my belief that if and when I or any of my family should need help, I would look to the NHS as the first point of call. After all, Aneurin Bevan created a health service which was free at the point…

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Devolution at 16 – What now for Wales?

In the following blog post Mike Usher, reflecting on his recent speech at the Devolution Wales conference, looks at what’s next for Wales with devolution now in its teens. Mike looks back over the key audit findings of the last few years and addresses both the forward challenges we face and the requirement that brings…

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How to live by the code

David Jones, a member of our Financial Audit – Tech Team, was recently asked to speak at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy (CIPFA) Local Government Accounting Conference. He told us what he was there for… There are many ominous-sounding terms in auditing and accounting; risk management, scrutinise, accountability, measured, qualified opinion. But…

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At your leisure

Last week the Welsh Government and Welsh Local Government Association held a joint conference entitled “the challenges and opportunities for local service delivery in Wales”, looking at the impact of austerity on public services. The Minister for Finances made clear to all those present that the last five years of cuts have been difficult to…