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Employee Relations has been updated to include commentary on the TUPE Regulations 2014. The section also includes practical advice on the following aspects of employee relations: individual employment rights, trade union rights and obligations, employment tribunals, bargaining machinery and procedures.
Procurement and Commercial Trading has been reviewed and updated. The section looks at the issues surrounding procurement in the NHS, including principles, legal obligations and sustainability of NHS procurement.
Provision of Internal Audit provides guidance on making arrangements for resourcing and structuring internal audit. This section has been updated reflecting the introduction of the PSIAS.
The Introduction to Specific and Special Grants has been updated. Sections on Education, Children’s Services and Adults’ PSS Grants, EPCS Grants and Other Grants now provide amounts for 2014/15 and summaries of the purposes of the main specific grants.
Coverage of the future potential for charges in public sector service delivery has been updated to reflect recent developments and the impact of austerity: Charging: A Recap, Developing Territorial Dimensions for Charges, Future Proportionate Importance of Charges, and Conclusions.
Supervision and Management has been updated. This section provides guidance on local authorities’ main duties and responsibilities relating to tenancies and the arrangements for managing their housing stock.
Aggregate Expenditure explains the national mechanisms by which the resources allocated to local authorities are determined in the context of central government’s expenditure planning and prioritisation processes. This section has been updated with current expenditure plans.
Tourism has been updated. This section highlights the significance of the tourism industry to national and local economies and details the role of local authorities in tourism management and the activities a local authority tourism service usually undertakes.
External Environment to Budgeting: NHS has been reviewed and updated. The section identifies the external factors and developments which influence budgeting in the national health service and summarises recent developments.
Discounts and Reliefs identifies those entitled to a council tax discount and explains the 2005 transitional relief scheme in Wales. This section now includes information on the treatment of Annexes, and Locally Determined Reductions has been updated to cover Section 11B: higher amount for long term empty dwelling – England.
Corporate Governance and Regulatory Framework has been updated, including new commentary on the National Health Service. The section examines the regulatory frameworks in place for public sector organisations having regard to the wider external environment.
Regulation of Local Authority Housing explains the system of regulation in England under the Homes and Communities Agency. It has been updated to cover pending changes to the regulatory framework in response to the risks of a more diverse sector, the recent Consumer Regulation Review, and CIPFA’s Voluntary Code for a Self-financed Housing Revenue Account.
The Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) Regulations 2012, as amended, have been added to the information stream. Section 13A: Reductions by Billing Authority has been updated as this enables Schedule 1A and subsequently these Regulations.
Income Generation and Charging for Police Services has been fully updated. The section covers the generation of income and summarises ACPO’s guidance on charging and grant funding and suggests procedures for complying with it.
Council Tax Billing and Collection deals with the process of billing and collection, providing information on demand notices and methods of payment. The section on Instalment Schemes has been updated to cover twelve monthly instalments.
Regulation explains the regulatory system that applies to housing associations in England, covering registration and deregistration, the HCA's framework and standards, and the principle of co-regulation. The section has been updated to cover developments including planned changes to the HCA's regulatory framework, which will take effect from 1 April 2015.
The Introduction has also been updated, and provides a brief overview of the key bodies in social housing in the UK and the main current issues.
Physical Disabilities outlines those social care services provided to disabled people by local authorities or via other agencies. This section has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent policy and legislative developments, including reference to the Equality Act 2010 and the Children and Families Act 2014. It also provides a refreshed overview of local authorities' powers and duties and service delivery strategies and mechanisms.
LAAP 99: Local Authority Reserves and Balances provides guidance to local authority chief finance officers on the establishment and maintenance of local authority reserves and balances.
LAAP 100: Project Plan for Transport Infrastructure Assets Code explains how the 2016/17 edition of the Accounting Code will adopt the measurement requirements of the Transport Code, ie measurement on a depreciated replacement cost basis. It sets out the key areas and milestones which bodies should take into consideration in developing their implementation plans.
Schools outlines the respective responsibilities of local authorities and schools with regard to local management and financial accountability. It also describes the various types of schools and their particular arrangements. This section has been revised and updated.
Family Support Services focuses on services to support those children on the edge of care, enabling them to remain in their families. This section now includes sections on community budgets and the Troubled Families programme.
LGPS 2014: Governance sets out the current position on governance arrangements for the 2014 LGPS, the operation of the Shadow Scheme Advisory Board and the key issue of comparable data across the LGPS. The sections on the Pensions Board and Comparable Data have been updated.
The followings sections have also been reviewed and updated: LGPS Reform and Review of Public Sector Pensions; Longevity and State Pension Reform; and the Introduction.
Several sections of Local Authority Housing have been updated this month. Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing examines the legislation and local authority powers relating to HMOs, and now also covers selective licensing of other residential accommodation. A new current affairs section on Charging Fees for Social Housing Regulation explains the HCA’s recent consultation on new fees which would be charged to social housing providers.
Housing Benefit has been updated to cover developments in welfare reform and to provide guidance on this ongoing area of change. The Housing Association Connection been updated to cover developments including policy on stock transfer and the HCA's latest Affordable Housing Programme.
Development Activities explains the processes and financial issues involved in development of new social housing by housing associations. The section has been updated to cover the current Affordable Homes Programme for 2015 to 2018.
Treasury Management has also been updated. The section outlines best practice in this key area which should assist in maximising potential benefit while ensuring regulatory compliance and minimising risk.
The current affairs section on the Affordable Housing Guarantee Scheme has been updated to cover AHF’s first bond issue in May 2014. The scheme supports debt raised by borrowers to develop additional new affordable housing, through a guarantee from the DCLG.
Supporting People provides an overview of the Supporting People programme, outlining the governance and financial arrangements and detailing the principle risk and control areas of relevance to internal audit. This section has been updated to reflect current arrangements.
Local Government considers the organisation of local government in the UK and the arrangements for internal and external audit. This section has been amended to reflect new organisational arrangements, responsibilities and powers, the introudction of the PSIAS and changes to external audit.
Fraud and Corruption outlines the main organisations that have a role in tackling fraud and corruption in the UK, and highlights the key areas of fraud in the public sector. This section has been updated in the light of the recent launch of the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre and also includes a refreshed overview of the Single Fraud Investigation Service.
Standing Orders and Financial Regulations form part of the governance arrangements of public sector organisations and are, in effect, the rules set by an organisation to regulate its internal procedures for the conduct of business. This section, which has been reviewed and updated, provides illustrative examples and summarises the requirements of CIPFA’s Treasury Management Code of Practice as they affect standing orders and financial regulations.
Local councils invited to apply for funding to establish one of 10 'housing zones' proposed outside London.
Councils developing brownfield land for housing could benefit from a share of £5m
Government announces plans to extend the VAT refund scheme.
The Scottish government reveals Glasgow 2014 legacy project – the Sustainable Sport for Communities fund.