Professor Ellwood gives evidence to Commons Select Committee
1 July 2016
A Commons Select Committee is conducting an Inquiry into the utility of management information used by Government Departments, particular monthly accounts. Professor Ellwood will give evidence to this Committee, drawing on her recent research activity in this area.
Professor of Financial Reporting, Shelia Ellwood, has been invited to give evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee.
The Committee is currently undertaking an Inquiry into Government accounts. This inquiry examines the format and utility of monthly management accounts used by Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Departmental Boards, and the Departmental Accounts published for Parliament and the public. The House of Commons and its Committees have not expressed a view of the accounts submitted to them by the Government since 2009.
The background to the Inquiry includes concerns regarding the relationship between financial management information and decision making within Government Departments. This is an area which Professor Ellwood has researched extensively.
Professor Ellwood's written submission to the Committee was published in early June. She has now been asked to provide Oral Evidence to the Committee.
Public sector accounting is Professor Ellwood's main research area and she has had a wide range of government-related research studies and publications. Professor Ellwood has also worked in the NHS, from trainee to Finance Director level, and was a non-executive director of a large NHS trust for 5 years. Shiela is deputy editor of Public Money & Management and recently edited a special issue on Public Sector Accounting Internationally (published in April 2016).