About the Brexit Commission

The Brexit Advisory Commission for Public Services is tasked with convening a sector-wide response to Brexit to ensure the sustainability of public services is a key priority during negotiations between the EU and UK.

Throughout the Brexit negotiation process, the Commission will share practical insight on the risks and opportunities for the sector and will develop recommendations on how Brexit can be a success for public services and the people who rely on them.

Click here to read the Commission's Mission Statement.

The Brexit Commission, in its work to protect and boost the sustainability the sector, will explore the following three themes:
  1. The fiscal and funding landscape
    Understanding the economic context, and implications for the public finances.
    The cost of exit - assessing options on potential exit bill scenarios.
    New funding choices – what is the quantum of repatriated resources, and how could they best be managed.
    Ongoing research and collaboration – how can the UK continue its participation?
    The impact on the public finance profession - how will accountants working in the sector be affected?
  2. Policy choices
    Exploring white space – are there new opportunities to redesign policy and regulation to boost effectiveness, efficiency and outcomes?
    Continuity is king - what EU policies and regulations need to be maintained to best support public services?
    Exposing tough choices – where are there conflicting priorities and needs and how can they best be resolved?
    A United Kingdom? How can the Brexit deal accommodate the different requirements of the public services across both the regions and devolved nations?

  3. Capacity to deliver and transform
    The capability gap – is there the professional expertise and capacity to mobilise Brexit?
    Transition management – understanding the staff, resources and skills needs to deliver large scale transformations in services (eg customs)
    The workforce of the present and future – how will short and long-term immigration flows impact? How will the future skills needs of public services be met?
Members of the Commission
The Commission will be chaired by Julia Goldsworthy, Former MP and Treasury Special Advisor in the Coalition, Julia Goldsworthy, who is now leading PwC’s market engagement with the devolution agenda.

Members include:
Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, CIPFA
Vicky Pryce, Economist, CEBR
Paul Johnson, Director, IFS
Niall Dickson, CEO, NHS Confederation
Andrew Carter, Deputy Director, Centre for Cities
Anna Randle, Head of Public Services, Collaborate CIC
Cllr Claire Kober, Chair, London Councils
Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics, University of Stirling
Gill Payne, Director of Policy and External Affairs, The National Housing Federation
Julian McCrae, Deputy Director, IFG
Kate Kennally, CEO, Cornwall Council
Warwick Lightfoot, Director of Research, Policy Exchange

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is the only professional accountancy body exclusively dedicated to public finance in the world.

CIPFA is the professional body for people in public finance. Our 14,000 members work throughout the public services, in national audit agencies, in major accountancy firms, and in other bodies where public money needs to be effectively and efficiently managed.

CIPFA’s portfolio of qualifications are the foundation for a career in public finance. We also champion high performance in public services, translating our experience and insight into clear advice and practical services.

Globally, CIPFA shows the way in public finance by standing up for sound public financial management and good governance.

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