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The Apprenticeship Levy topical issues piece outlines the purpose and structure of the apprenticeship levy and implications for employers. It has been updated with information on opportunities and training for apprentices.
Local Public Audit highlights the new arrangements for local public audit arising from the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 and associated Regulations. This section has been updated with a refreshed overview of the new framework and procedures for appointing a local auditor. It also now provides information on the audit structure in Scotland, Wales and Nothern Ireland.
NHS Trusts and Foundation Hospitals is a new section providing an overview of the National Health Service Litigation Authority, which operates a risk pooling mechanism which both NHS and foundation trusts are permitted to join. It also summarises the main schemes in place and the types of cover offered.
The Light Rail section has recently been revised to include updated information about the current light rail schemes and the factors impeding further progress. Furthermore, it discusses reports and initiatives from recent years, and evaluates the ways in which light rail can be used to maximum benefit.
Content of a Strategy sets out the aspects that should be contained within a local authority capital strategy and how these support decision making on capital expenditure. The section has been updated to reflect recent developments regarding schools and housing.
Education Services Grant and Other Education Funding outlines the statutory services funded by the Education Services Grant and details other sources of education funding, both statutory and discretionary. It has been updated with coverage of the new National Funding Formula and the proposed changes to both the Dedicated Schools Grant and the Education Services Grant.
Budget Monitoring focuses on ensuring that total planned income and expenditure are adhered to as far as possible during the budget period, and that appropriate corrective action is taken where required. Effective budget monitoring is even more critical in periods of austerity and service reductions, as budgets will tend to vary more significantly year on year and monitoring information will be used to inform subsequent year allocations.
Management of the Budget: Roles and Responsibilities outlines the roles and responsibilities of various parties in preparing and managing the budget.
Current Developments provides a brief overview of the main areas of development and latest news relating to local government funding, and links to relevant documents. This section has been updated to include the recent technical consultation on the finance settlement and developments relating to business rates revaluation.
Localisation of Council Tax Benefit has also been updated to refer to the three-year independent review.
The Volunteering example policy section looks at engaging volunteers to support and supplement local authority services, providing a volunteer checklist and example policies for both engaging volunteers and releasing employees to volunteer. It has been updated to outline the implications of the Savile enquiry for working with children and vulnerable adults.