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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Financial Management of ICT outlines the main considerations in the financial management of ICT, highlighting potential problem areas that arise due to the specialist nature of ICT, and covering issues that are relevant to both providers and purchasers of ICT services. It has been updated with refreshed content on shared services and new coverage of 'as a service' ICT infrastructure and 'shadow' ICT provision.
The Procurement section covers the procurement cycle, procurement regulations and the challenge process, as well as an overview of contract negotiation, detailing risks, procedures and strategy. It has been updated with a new Insurance Levels for Contracts subsection, outlining insurance considerations, types and processes, and including a sample indemnity clause.
A new section on IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement has been published, providing an overview of the standard and explaining its applicability to treasury management. This forms the first of our new Treasury Accounting Updates sections.
Statutory and Legal Framework outlines the main statutory duties relating to the financial management and corporate governance of local government. This section has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent developments. Ethical Framework has also been updated with guidance on the induction of new members
Highways Maintainable at Public Expense summarises the main duties on local authorities to maintain highways for which they are responsible. This section has been updated with reference to the new code of practice and its focus on taking a risk-based approach.
Social Media looks at the use of social media by public sector organisations. It highlights the risks and the benefits, and provides guidance on employees and social media use. It has been updated to cover issues such as the importance of digital literacy in light of 'fake news', recent technological developments and new resources available.
Lean Thinking outlines the background to the development of lean and explains its main principles. This section has been updated with a refreshed overview of the tools and techniques which can be applied in the public sector. Other sections updated in this stream include Sustainability Reporting and Financial Management in Austere Times.
Health VAT has been updated to reflect recent guidance from HMRC; sections amended include Employee Car Leasing, Recovery of VAT and Single European Market.
National Cyber Security Strategy 2016–2021 is a new topical issues piece, outlining the government’s National Cyber Security Strategy 2016–2021.
Special Educational Needs outlines the principles behind support for special educational needs (SEN) and describes the funding streams and key considerations surrounding the management of SEN budgets. It has been updated with information on funding for high needs provision strategic reviews.
Financial Planning has been updated. This section focuses on the financial plan, explaining why it is essential for housing associations and the key areas that should be included. It gives advice on how to challenge and analyse financial plans as well as how to set targets for the future, and includes a checklist to enable greater understanding and constructive challenge.
Brexit Implications for Procurement is a new section, looking at the consequences of the UK's departure from the EU for UK procurement regulations.
Payroll considers the systems required by an organisation to pay its staff and the auditing requirements. This section has been updated with reference to new models of delivery and also includes an overview of the main risks and the key controls to evaluate in a payroll audit.
Youth Offending provides an overview of the youth justice system, summarising the role and make-up of youth offending teams, including funding, performance and inspection. The content on funding has been updated.
Introduction to the Transport Debate has been completely updated and now provides an overview of the role of transport and the key issues for local authorities in this area.
Several sections of Local Authority Housing have been updated this month. Rents and Charges has been updated to reflect the government's recent decision that ‘pay to stay’ will not be introduced on a compulsory basis. Private Sector Housing Regeneration has been updated to cover changes to disabled facilities grant, which is now funded through the Better Care Fund. Updates to Capital Finance include additional details on use of right to buy receipts and repayment of unused sums.
Housing Finance in Scotland has been updated to reflect developments in local authority housing including the ending of the right to buy in Scotland, the process for the current Affordable Housing Supply Programme and recent Scottish Government guidance and consultations.
New current affairs sections look at Devolution and Housing, illustrating the role that housing can play in the devolution agenda in England, and the LHA Cap for Social Housing Rents and Funding of Supported Housing, on government plans to apply the local housing allowance cap to social housing and introduce a new model to fund the extra costs of supported housing.
Charging Fees for Social Housing Regulation has been updated to cover the Homes and Communities Agency's plans for the introduction of registration fees and annual fees for social housing providers.
Off-payroll Working in the Public Sector briefly outlines the planned changes to the intermediaries legislation in the Income Taxes (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003, also known as IR35. The measures will apply to payments made on or after 6 April 2017.
Housing and Accommodation and Fees and Charges have been updated with reference to recent communication from HMRC regarding local authority charges for the storage of property owned by people who are homeless, property search charges and the treatment of income received by local authorities which operate park and ride facilities.
Letters from HMRC has been updated to include recent guidance regarding the Tax-Free Childcare scheme, which is a government scheme being rolled out from early 2017 to help working parents with the cost of childcare.
NHS in England describes the structure of the NHS and the responsibilities of the Department of Health. This section has been updated with a refreshed overview of the relevant regulatory bodies and the commissioning of services. It also summarises the main providers of services and references sustainability and transformation plans.
Shared Services provides a broad definition of these types of arrangements and some examples currently operating in the public sector. This section has been updated with reference to a number of emerging models in local government, including joint employment arrangements and cross sector shared services, and summarises the latest developments in central government and the NHS.
The final local government finance settlement for 2017/18 has been issued on 20 February 2017.
The DCLG has published its response to Self-sufficient Local Government: 100% Business Rates Retention together with a further consultation on details of the new system.
HMRC issues guidance on the apprenticeship levy and pooled PAYE schemes.
CIPFA launches the London Counter Fraud Hub, a counter fraud service supplying data analytics, investigations and a recoveries service for the 32 London local authorities and the City of London.