Monday, April 04, 2005

April Accountancy

The April edition of Accountancy devotes a large amount of space to the issue of the proposed merger.

It sets out the views of both the protagonists, and the views of people like me who are against the idea.

Whatever your viewpoint, I suggest that you read it.


  1. I live abroad and am yet to receive the April edition of Accountancy. The ICAEW is sending it to me anyway.

    In fact, just to promote this silly merger, the ICAEW is sending a copy free of charge to each of its 125,000 members. Can you imagine the cost!

    I haven't yet received April's Accountancy, so from what is said in the magazine, are there indications that this previously rejected ridiculous merger will go ahead?

    If it does, then I will join a breakaway Welsh Institute or whatever alternatives are available.

  2. Kamran,

    I had no idea that we (the members) were paying for the free delivery of Accountancy.

    That's a bit rich!

    Thanks for letting us know.


  3. Ken, yes, the April 2005 issue of Accountancy Magazine is DEFINITELY being sent FREE OF CHARGE to all ICAEW members.

    I didn't know about this until I received an e-mail from ICAEW confirming this. The ICAEW website also confirms this.

    Below is a link to the relevant ICAEW web page (called Consolidation update):,MNXI_79713

    (If the above link doesn't work, then just copy and paste the above into the address bar of your Internet browser)

    The last paragraph of the relevant ICAEW web page says:

    "The draft proposals for consolidation are available on ICAEW and CIPFA websites and have been sent to the members of both Institutes via Accountancy magazine (ICAEW members) and Spreadsheet (CIPFA members)".

    With 125,000 ICAEW members and the magazine costing £ 2 each, not to mention postage and administration costs, this is a simple matter of £ 250,000 wasted on just one small aspect of this silly merger. This is just a drop in the Ocean compared to what the total costs of putting forward the merger proposal will be. And what is being proposed is a merger that was comprehensively rejected by ICAEW members not so many years ago. The vast majority of the ICAEW members that voted against the earlier failed merger are still ICAEW members. Yet we have the same item on the agenda once again!