Governance & Regulation Archives - Page 15 of 15 - Emile Woolf writes

The consequences of mindless regulation are always heartless

The Institute recently announced its decision to open its disciplinary and appeals hearings to the public and press.  It is said that this accords with the practice of other professional bodies.  Does this mean it is the right decision? I question whether the interests of the member or firm subject to the complaint were adequately […]

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Borrowers must face the reality of their choices

Since gaining its independence from the Treasury 10 years ago the Bank of England’s pledge to control inflation as its overriding priority has, until now, been visibly honoured and we have all benefited. Unlike the Treasury, however, the Bank’s sole weapon in fulfilling its mission is its autonomy over setting interest rates, and the present […]

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Desperate measures: if it moves, tax it

The purpose of taxation is to pay for the necessary expenditure of government.  Adam Smith spelt out the basics 200 years ago:  the manner in which taxes are raised and spent must be transparent, visible for all to see.   The journey from first principles to contemporary reality leads to a fiscal statute book of […]

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The European Commission must be called to account

The subject of Europe polarises any otherwise rational debate.  Obsessional prejudice, whether pro or con, induces deafness and drives out reason.   More inflammatory even than party politics (where spin and expediency have blunted the ideals), passions over Europe (the Union, not the continent) have taken on the trappings of a belief system, susceptible to […]

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Spicing up the Audit Report will end in tears

A study of the evolution of the form and content of UK audit reports over, say, the past 50 years would make nostalgic but intriguing reading because it would at the same time reflect changing public and investor expectations of the audit function.   Under the Companies Act 1948 audit reports were required, positively, to […]

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Time to give unaudited accounts “compilation” status

Last month I highlighted the deterioration in quality of company accounts on file, linking this phenomenon to the increase in number of companies exempt from audit.   Since the new Companies Act makes no attempt to address this issue the profession’s own Professional Oversight Board (POB) now strongly supports the view that the involvement of […]

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Audit exemption and worthless accounts

The Professional Oversight Board for Accountancy (“POBA”) was set up pursuant to the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004, itself the Government’s response to a series of corporate scandals that shook investor confidence in company reporting and enforcement.  The Government has delegated to POBA its own powers to oversee and monitor audit regulation […]

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