‘There’s no end of trouble’

‘There’s no end of trouble’ From January local councils will be forced to declare spending over £500, while improving transparency has been broadly welcomed – some think a more targeted release of data is more desirable Tweet this Comments (0) Eifion Rees Public, Monday 12 July 2010 10.34 BST The gloves are off. From 1 January local government will be expected to release all their financial data online. Photograph: Getty “While I was still experimenting, I saw only the advantages of the thing. But there are disadvantages, I can tell you.” The words of Griffin, the hero of HG Wells’s …

Financial Management and Accounting in the Public Sector

There are many reasons behind my writing of this blog but I guess the main one is to support my book. Routledge will be publishing Financial Management and Accounting in the Public Sector in April 2011. I’m really excited about that, especially as it will be published in the USA and Canada as well as in the UK. This blog will help me in a couple of ways: as an outlet for some of the material that I have amassed from my research; as a resource for my students as a resource for any other people studying public sector management, particularly …

Jargon

  Accounting, like all professions, has its own language. Often an accountant will use an everyday word like asset to mean something much more specific than it would in general use. Such jargon is fine when two professionals are talking to each other because they understand the specific meanings of the words, but it makes life difficult for the non-professional. Things are made yet more complicated in the public sector because there is an additional layer of jargon that it specific to those who work in government. Indeed, even accountants from the private and public sectors may struggle to understand …