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Liability identifies those that are liable to council tax and the related legislation. This section has been reviewed and Sole or Main Residence has been revised with the relevant points of the case law drawn out more clearly.
Risk and Opportunity Policy and Strategy, which highlights the importance of having a clearly defined, understood and implemented risk management policy, now contains a new example policy from a local authority. This policy is intended to help staff at all levels apply risk management principles consistently across their area of responsibility.
Sources of Transport Funding summarises the ways in which funding can be obtained to deliver or improve local transport services, and the links these funding streams have with government transport priorities. This section has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent funding developments and government initiatives including local enterprise partnerships and city deals.
Health and Safety Audit identifies the issues that auditors need to consider when reviewing an organisation’s system for managing health and safety. This section has been updated and reflects the current risk based, more proportionate approach to health and safety.
A new section on Funding of Devolved Administrations and Financial Devolution in England explains the current arrangements for funding the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and recent developments in their funding, financing and taxation powers. This section also looks at developments in the potential devolution of additional funding and taxation powers to English national, regional and local government.
The effective understanding, control and management of the many aspects of risk associated with treasury management is essential to achieving an authority's objectives. Risk management is therefore embedded throughout treasury guidance, policies and practices. Risk and Strategy is a new section which explores in detail the management of treasury risks consummate to the appetite of an authority.
Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has been updated. The 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.
Legislation and Policy Developments is a new section which outlines the legislation and statutory guidance which are to be repealed (in whole or in part) by the Care Act 2014. It also provides historical information on legislation and policy developments relevant to the adult social care theme since 1948.
Fighting Fraud Locally provides guidance on fighting fraud in local government and ways to create an effective counter fraud culture. This section has been updated with findings from the Audit Commission's latest report Protecting the Public Purse 2014: Fighting Fraud in Local Government.
Risk Management Processes has been updated with a refreshed overview of the principal risk management processes and their critical role in supporting innovative and efficient service delivery.
Cyber Risk is a new section offering practical guidance for risk professionals who are charged with ensuring that their own organisations are equipped to manage risks brought about by digital technologies, mobiles devices and media.
Audit Planning sets out the key issues to be taken into account when planning the effective operation and management of the internal audit service of any organisation. It emphasises the need for internal audit practitioners to rethink their approach to audit planning in order to meet the current demands being placed on the internal audit function.
Employer Responsibilities for Benefit Administration has been updated to include the changes to employer discretions introduced from April 2014 and Risk Management has been expanded to cover risk in more detail. Benefits examines the benefits structure of the LGPS, explaining the new career average scheme. It also covers the contribution rate, pensionable pay, salary sacrifice and the new 50/50 section.
The following sections have also been updated: Scheme Administration; Accounting; Resolving Disputes and Pension Rights; and Fund Valuations and Statistics.