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Chris Harris

BSc, CIPFA, MSc

Partner

Tel: +44 (0)20 7429 0504

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Chris graduated from the London School of Economics and trained as an accountant with the NHS. He spent three years in Cairo as the volunteer finance director of a media organisation. Since returning to the UK in 1995 he has specialised in the charity sector, working for the Shaftesbury Society, Action for Blind People and CIPFA.

He has over twenty five years’ experience in not-for-profit and public services including ten at Director level. His primary achievements have been through implementing strategic change, providing coherence and balance to senior teams, and ensuring that resources are applied appropriately to the objectives of the organisation. He has a masters degree in charity finance and a strong interest in professional development, founding the CIPFA Charity Panel and the CIPFA Certificate in Charity Finance at London South Bank University.

My latest insights

Scheme launched to tackle NMW underpayment in social care

by Chris Harris

In a long-awaited announcement on Wednesday the government launched a new compliance scheme for social care providers to address underpayments for workers on sleep-in shifts, of more than £400m for the social care sector while individual homes may face a bill of between £40,000 and £2m each.

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Pensions Freedoms - the stick and the carrot

by Chris Harris

First the stick - recent articles in Moneyweek and the FT have shown concern that the rock solid promise behind Final Salary pensions is no longer looking as reliable as it used to be.

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Pensions Freedoms for those over 55 – an opportunity for individuals and employers

by Chris Harris

The Government introduced pensions freedoms in April 2016. These apply to both Defined Contribution schemes and Defined Benefit (also known as Final Salary) schemes. Many people aged over 55 will have some years in a Defined Benefit scheme but are no longer contributing (active). The existing approach is that benefits built up are preserved (or deferred) until the person reaches their normal retirement age.

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The NHS squeeze on resources is set to continue

by Chris Harris

One of the features of the 2017 general election has been the lack of debate about the NHS. This may seem odd when there is plenty of evidence of mounting difficulties. The Labour Party has promised some more money, as they must, but there is little recognition of the systematic problems faced.

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Budget 2016 - Charities are glad of a low profile

by Chris Harris

This year the external changes have not been kind and the OBR has duly recalculated the...

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Reputation meltdown - how should Charities respond?

by Chris Harris

So what can be done to adapt to the new reality?

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Who are you? - the reality of identity fraud

by Chris Harris

Chris Harris discusses the reality of identity fraud and how he has come across it...

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Six steps to a Finance Department Budget

by Chris Harris

Over recent months the Chancellor, George Osborne, has been agreeing plans with...

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Xero - creating a buzz that demands a response

by Chris Harris

A common question from those struggling with the task of maintaining the accounts for small...

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A chink of light on pensions

by Chris Harris

Pensions continue to provide problems for individuals and for employers but changes put in place...

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Charity executive pay - what is the right level?

by Chris Harris

It is rare to see the words "charity" and "executive" in the same sentence, unless it is part of...

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Bad charities - limiting the damage

by Chris Harris

Speaking to a number of Finance Directors at the CFG Large Charities conference yesterday...

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A fitness regime for charities

by Chris Harris

Having an effective audit that is carried out as efficiently as possible while asking the right...

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