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New on the blog: Matt Hurley talks about the successes of his Finance team

Our latest blog post is from Matt Hurley, Director of Finance & Accounting, about the fantastic work his teams do to support the production of the UK Government accounts… 

As Director of Finance and Accounting for SSCL, I am extremely proud of my teams, the hard work they do and the flexibility and commitment they show.

For example, the Accounts Production teams in Blackpool, which form part of our Finance and Accounting service delivery stream, are finally surfacing for air after a very busy few months.

They have been busy preparing client accounts and consolidated accounts, dealing with client and National Audit Office queries as part of the year-end audit and - for a number of clients - undertaking Whole of Government Accounts work culminating in submissions up to Treasury.

Did you know that these teams:

·       Account for £260bn of Government expenditure between them

·       Produced 30 sets of annual accounts for six Government clients

·       Helped our clients who take the accounts production service deliver their accounts pre recess (before Parliament rises and the MP’s go on their summer holidays) for the first time in five years

·       Work collaboratively with the clients so that their year-end accounts and audit timetables can run as smoothly as possible

·       Agree balances with over 50 Government bodies as part of the Whole of Government Accounts work. These balances help inform the overall Government accounts which tells us how much the United Kingdom Government spends through its 5,500 organisations across the public sector.

The clients have provided some really great feedback on the 2018 year-end including:

From Ian Baker – the Department for Work and Pensions Head of Reporting & Production Team and Financial Control & Policy who said, “As you are aware the Department laid its Resource Account on 28 June and we at DWP recognised that your team play a huge part in this success. We wanted to send our thanks for the flexibility and commitment that they showed to help us do this… Both our teams worked tirelessly to ensure the integrity of the migrated data and as a result I am pleased to report that NAO found nothing to report – a great testament to their joint commitment and really good working relationship.”

From Jane Marriott – the Cabinet office Financial Controller: Our thanks to you all for your sterling work during a challenging year to deliver accounts for audit. We appreciate it very much!”

The praise they receive from our clients is totally and utterly deserved.

My thanks also extend to the wider Finance & Accounting and HR & Payroll teams who also provide input to clients’ audits.


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