ACCOUNTANTS in Chester and North Wales were on the ball at their annual black tie dinner.
With an eye on the General Election, speaker, Institute of Chartered Accountants vice president Clive Parritt, came up with a message to Brown, Cameron and Clegg.
The new government, insisted Mr Parritt, must deal with the fiscal crisis.
He told 210 guests at the dinner, held at The Chester Grosvenor Hotel and Spa: “There had to be fiscal tightening to ensure the economy does not slip back into recession.
“All future policy decisions will be taken in the context of the huge budget deficit. Balancing the UK’s books will of necessity involve raising taxes and cutting spending.”
In its General Election manifesto, the institute is calling for a simplified tax system and more involvement of public audit bodies in scrutinising public sector spending to ensure value for taxpayers.
The dinner was sponsored by Liverpool based stockbrokers and wealth managers Rathbones.
The Liverpool link continued with an after dinner speech by comedian Sean Styles.
Branch chairman Nick Jenkins, a partner in UHY Hacker Young in Chester, said: “The role of our members in the community is vital, especially as current economic conditions continue to present challenges for many businesses.
“We will continue to support local accountants and finance professionals to ensure the businesses we work for and advise have access to the help and support they need to see them through this difficult period.”