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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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.
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 Housing Association Connection outlines the relationship between housing associations and local authorities and the issues that practitioners working in both sectors will need to be aware of, and summarises the main financial issues for housing associations. The section has been updated to cover developments including policy on stock transfer and the HCA's latest Affordable Housing Programme.
LGPS Reform and Review of Public Sector Pensions covers the proposals arising from the review of public service pensions carried out by the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission and the subsequent developments that lead to the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and the new LGPS for 2014. The information on LGPS 2014: Cost Management has been updated.
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.
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.
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 the Single Fraud Investigation Service.
Housing Benefit provides an overview of the factors that are considered in the calculation and grant of benefits, and explains the effect of rent rebate subsidy limitation. The section has been updated to cover developments in welfare reform and to provide guidance on this ongoing area of change.
The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow begin today, Wednesday 23 July. A new section, White Elephants and Just So Stories, discusses the potential legacy of Glasgow 2014.
Local Enterprise Partnerships has been updated to include a new section on the recently announced government 'Growth Deals', the aim of which is to invest £12 billion into local economies to provide support for local businesses.
Asset Management has been fully updated. The section outlines the key elements for effective asset management, the implications of poor management and looks at the efficiency gains that the NHS must achieve over the next five years.
UK Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) is changing with effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2015. New Charities SORPs for 2015 has been added to the service, highlighting the changes.
Treasury Management has been updated. Sound treasury management is of critical importance to housing associations because without it there is the very real risk of running out of finance to run the organisation, which would ultimately lead to insolvency. The section outlines best practice in this area which should assist in maximising potential benefit while ensuring regulatory compliance and minimising risk.
Longevity and State Pension Reform covers the change in the state pension age and reforms introduced by the Pensions Act 2014 and to councillors' pensions. It also considers longevity which has significant implications for pensions. This section has been updated.
Private Sector Housing provides an overview of the relevant private sector housing legislation, with particular focus on the changes introduced by the Housing Act 2004, and the associated local authority powers. This section has been reviewed and updated to reflect recent developments in the areas of licensing, right to buy and mobile homes.
Arts, Public Entertainment and Theatres has been updated. The section looks at the role of local authorities in the provision of arts and entertainment, including the role of social enterprises.
TISonline Pensions examines the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) and its many different elements, the scheme is complex with many aspects having a regulatory basis. The Introduction explains the basics of pension schemes, pension scheme reform, affordability and sustainability, funding and regulation.
Arms Length Bodies has been fully updated. The section summarises the different arm’s length bodies, with descriptions covering the intended range of bodies as of July 2014 following the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.
A new current affairs section has been added on Charging Fees for Social Housing Regulation. This explains the HCA’s recent consultation on new fees which would be charged to social housing providers and looks at the implications for local authorities and ALMOs.
Family Support Services focuses on services to support those children on the edge of care, enabling them to remain in their families. This section has been revised and now includes sections on community budgets and the Troubled Families programme.
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.
Assurance is a new section which outlines the concept of assurance within the context of risk, specifically who needs and provides it and how it is delivered. It also emphasises the role of assurance in making sure that those charged with accountability are confident that the checks and controls on which they rely to deliver services and objectives are in place and working as anticipated.
Houses in Multiple Occupation and Selective Licensing examines the legislation relating to HMOs, and the local authority powers available to control the standard of such accommodation, particularly licensing powers under the Housing Act 2004. The section has been updated and now also covers selective licensing of other residential accommodation.
Concessionary Bus Travel Schemes and Other Travel Initiatives explains systems of concessionary charging for public transport and the impact these schemes have on users. Key issues such as funding and cross-border arrangements are also considered. This section has been updated to include recent developments in the management and administration of concessionary fares schemes.
Fields in Trust has been fully updated. The section provides an overview of the work of Fields in Trust, a charity dedicated to protecting the UK's outdoor recreational spaces.
Funding of the Start Up Funding Assessment in 2013/14 adds to coverage of the business rates retention system by explaining the funding streams that were used to calculate the starting position for the introduction of the system. The section includes a worked example to illustrate the calculation.
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.
A new example policy, Flexible Working Request Procedure, has been added to the service. This new policy reflects the recent change allowing all employees who have worked for an organisation for a period of 26 weeks are entitled to request flexible working arrangements.
A new section on planning Obligations has been added to the service. The section discusses how obligations and legal agreements are used to secure community infrastructure to meet the needs of residents in new developments and/or to mitigate the impact of new developments upon existing community facilities. Sources of further information are also included.
New EU state aid rules could provide a timely boost for local economies.
Housing minister urges councils to submit bids for a £3m fund to quicken the planning process for new developments.
UK cities need to reinvent themselves if are to overcome the growing economic gulf with London.
Guidance to help local deliverers of sports facilities has been published by Sport England.