TISonline is CIPFAís online information resource for public sector financial managers. It provides over 30 information streams of guidance and commentary covering the financial, legislative, administrative and strategic context to the public services. TISonline information streams are supported by news, discussion forums and e-alert services.
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Auditing ALMOs considers the operation of arm’s length management organisations (ALMOs) in the UK and the arrangements for their internal and external audit. This section has been reviewed and updated.
A new section, Legislation and Guidance, has been added to the service. The section provides a brief overview of the various forms of legislation relating to planning and lists the most significant pieces of primary legislation.
Police Funding Arrangements covers the central government funding arrangements for police bodies. The section explains how funding has been allocated for 2013/14 and 2014/15, and the role of the relative needs formula in the current funding system.
LAAP Bulletin 98: Closure of the 2013/14 Accounts and Related Matters has been added to Local Authority Accounting. In response to frequently asked questions and matters arising at various events held by the Finance Advisory Network (FAN), this bulletin provides further guidance and clarification to complement the 2013/14 Code Guidance Notes.
Facilitating Rail and Water Freight summarises provision for rail and water freight. This section has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent developments, including an overview of current funding schemes intended to support the shift away from road to rail and water transport.
The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2012 have been added to the information stream, these amend the Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992 by introducing Regulations 21A and 21B.
Supported Housing Funding looks at the ways in which housing associations are involved in providing supported housing services, and covers revenue and capital funding sources, accounting, monitoring and other key processes. The section has been updated to cover developments including the Care Bill, changes arising from the end of the formal Supporting People funding system, and personalisation of support services.
Sources of Income has been added to the service. Under a new section on Policy and Legislation, the section discusses various areas of income generation. Links to further information are also provided.
Carers provides an overview of accounting for carers, assessing their needs and what services are available to them. This section has been reviewed and updated in the light of the Care Bill currently progressing through Parliament and which is expected to come into force from April 2016.
TISonline Treasury Management is a guide to the investment of local authority funds, debt management and treasury management practices. During closedown, the sections on Treasury Management Prudential Indicators and on Benchmarking and Performance can potentially help you with your outturn reports. Access these sections to see what helpful and informative information is available.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2014 are now available.
The minutes of the meeting held on 6 March 2014 are now available.
A new section, Editorial Board, has been added to the service. The section provides biographies of the members of the Editorial Board, highlighting their expertise and experience in ICT management.
Risk Management in Partnership Working is a new section which identifies the key risk issues that a public sector organisation would want to address in order to work effectively in partnerships across the public, private and community sectors and to achieve effective governance and control. It also offers questions and tools to assist managers to develop their supporting governance assurance and risk management platform.
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme provides an overview of how the system works and the implications for public sector organisations in meeting reduced emissions targets. This section has been updated to reflect government proposals for simplification of the scheme, and also provides a useful summary and checklist for CRC related activities occurring during phase two.
A new current affairs section explains The Impact of FRS 102 on the Housing Sector. This new reporting standard will have an impact for housing associations particularly in the areas of property, plant and equipment, Social Housing Grant, financial instruments and pensions. The section summarises the changes and sets out the steps that finance teams need to consider now.
Revenue Income covers the main sources of revenue income for housing associations – rents, service charges and charges for support services – and explains the key issues. The section has been updated regarding recent changes in social housing rent policy, welfare reform and other developments.
National Health Service considers the organisation of the NHS and the arrangements for internal and external audit in NHS bodies. It also identifies current issues and areas of change. This section has been updated to incorporate the changes to organisation and lines of accountability brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
Benchmarking considers the use of benchmarking from an audit perspective, in so far as internal audit may be required to assess benchmarking systems or be itself subject to such as process. This section has been reviewed and updated.
Community Benefit Society has been reviewed and updated. The section discusses the purpose, governance, charitable status, and specific characteristics of a community benefit society, including a summary of the relevant Acts affected by the impending name changes to industrial and provident societies.
The Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) Regulations 2009 have been amended reflecting changes introduced by the Valuation Tribunal for England, Non-Domestic Rating and Council Tax (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (including new Regulations 19 and 19A) and the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 (including appeals under Section 16 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.
The Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) Order 1992 has been updated, reflecting the removal of classes A and C from the list of exempt dwellings. This was brought in by the Council Tax (Exempt Dwellings) (England) (Amendment) Order 2012.
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has been fully updated. This section looks at the arguments for and against PFI and PF2, and provides guidance on preparing and evaluating a PFI bid. It also signposts the reader to detailed sources of reference.
Walking explores the role of walking in transport systems and explains the responsibilities local authorities have towards both walkers and the routes they use. It also considers the funding implications, relevant legislation and access issues. This section has been updated with information on the promotion and health benefits of walking.
Cycling provides a completely refreshed and updated overview of the benefits of cycling and how it can be integrated into wider transport initiatives. This section looks at support from government, funding issues and how to encourage cycling.
Waste contains the latest view of HMRC on the treatment of skip hire with regard to commercial and trade waste collection. Arrangements for Section 33 Bodies has a new section on Contacting HMRC.
Introduction and Context to a Capital Decision have been updated. These sections provide an introduction to capital finance in local authorities and look at the issues to be considered in the lead up to the decision to follow a capital scheme.
Communities with plans for garden cities will receive government support.
The government has launched a discussion paper on the administration of business rates.
The conference addresses professional audit development issues and provides insight into the strategic risks facing the public sector.
Bids are invited for a share of £300m of extra borrowing for new affordable housing, through an increase in the HRA borrowing cap.