Public sector accounting and IPSAS 42 Social Benefits

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The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has issued a new standard, IPSAS 42 Social Benefits, setting out defined rules on how to account for pensions, unemployment benefits and other major public sector expenditure, in a bid to improve transparency in the accounts. Alan Bermingham, policy manager – governments at CIPFA, examines the recognition and measurement points

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