HM Treasury

Public spending & reporting

Managing Public Money

14 May 2012

This publication does what it says. It offers you guidance on how to handle public funds of all kinds properly. The public, and Parliament acting on their behalf, has a right to expect that funds raised using powers agreed by Parliament will be used for the purposes intended. Public servants have a demanding fiduciary duty to use such public money responsibly.

Much of what managing public money (MPM) requires is just good common sense, or sound financial management. There are also some specific rules and conventions about how certain things are handled. You need to be aware of these so that policies, programmes and projects work smoothly and serve their intended purposes.

A complete PDF of Managing Public Money and the annexes are available in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed on your computer you can download the software free of charge from the Adobe website. For alternative ways to read PDF documents and further information on website accessibility visit the HM Treasury accessibility page.

The consolidated amendment document contains details of all amendments to MPM since July 2007.  Last updated May 2011. Please note that chapter 3 and annex 3.1 were updated on 14 May 2012 and are available only through the relevant main chapters and annexes sections.

If you have any comments or enquiries about MPM, please contact Jim Duncan tel: 020 7270 4833.

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