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.
To use TISonline you need to register and log on to the website. You will then have access to the information streams that are covered by your organisationís subscription. A range of subscription packages are available, covering individual information streams or the full TISonline service. For details of your organisationís current subscription, log on to the website.
Two sections, Universal, Targeted and Specialist Services and Family Support Services, have been merged to form a new section, Children and Family Support and Intervention Services, which looks at measures to support children and families in crisis and early intervention and prevention services. It has been updated to include up-to-date information on levels of services and early help, as well as phase two of the Troubled Families programme.
Producing a Budget – Basic Steps is a new section, summarising the basic steps and considerations in preparing an income and expenditure budget for a smaller charity.
The Pooling section explains the use of pooling of groups of local authorities in the business rates retention system, and has been updated to cover the pools that have been approved for 2016/17.
Performance Measurement and Management looks at ways of measuring performance for local authority asset management, and the indicators that are used. The section has been updated regarding the CIPFA Property Performance Indicators. Sources of Further Information has also been updated.
Payroll Management provides guidance on managing a public sector payroll. It has been updated to include information on shared parental leave and pay, and updated pensions content.
Role of Councillors in Planning is a new section covering the role of planning committees, and looking at key issues including transparency and accountability, causes of delays to planning decisions, and the rules on predetermination. The section also sets out some golden rules for improving the efficiency of the process.
Energy Issues in Leisure has been added to the general section, setting out how leisure providers can contribute to sustainable energy and highlighting the importance of meeting CO2 reduction targets in leisure and cultural services.
Data and Records has been updated to reflect current government requirements on data transparency. International Financial Reporting Standards now forms a separate section and has also been updated; this section explains the requirements of IFRS that are relevant to asset management, covering asset categorisation, disclosures, revaluations, componentisation and leases. CIPFA Publications and Support Networks now includes a summary of the forthcoming Code of Practice on the Highways Network Asset.
Discretionary Compensation Payments Policy provides an overview of discretionary compensation legislation and an example policy. It has been updated to provide more detail on when payments occur and how to manage them, as well as a new section on accounting for discretionary compensation payments.
Fit for Work is a new topical issues piece on the government's Fit for Work scheme, which is designed to help employees with health conditions stay in or return to work. The section describes the scheme's key features and purpose.
European Court of Justice Ruling on Working Time is another new topical issues piece, looking at a recent European Court of Justice ruling on the treatment of time spent travelling to and from work, and outlining any implications and considerations for UK employers.
Contracts of Employment provides the latest advice on employment contracts, detailing types of contracts and legal requirements. It has been reviewed to bring the current content up to date.
Settlement 2016/17 – England is a new section that provides an overview of the final local government finance settlement for English local authorities. This section outlines the figures, explains the distribution system and looks at spending pressures.
Local Services Support Grant has also been updated to reflect the government’s announcement that the grant is being discontinued for 2016/17.
Performance management guidance for local authorities to evaluate the performance of their sport and cultural services has been updated to include new resources, tools and case studies.
Guidance on effective use of assets has been updated. Property Review looks at the purposes of a property review and the various types of review. Managing Properties Effectively covers maintenance policy and capital planning, lease management, and sharing properties with other public sector partners. Office Accommodation examines how to maximise office space for efficiency and greater productivity.
Stewardship and Public Accountability: Local Government outlines the frameworks that ensure good stewardship and public accountability in local government, focusing on the provision of information to the public and the performance framework for local government. This section has been updated with reference to the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, new council tax regulations and equality analysis.
Guidance on local government funding in Wales has been updated to cover funding allocations for 2016/17: Grants Structure in Wales, SSAs in Wales, Welsh Government and Local Government Consultation, Hypothecated Grants in Wales.
Community Transport is a new section which provides an overview of community transport schemes, including community bus and car schemes, school transport and minibus group transport. It also looks at the eligibility criteria for certain schemes, bus permits and scheme funding and state aid.
Alternative Risk Transfer outlines the historical background to local authority insurance, the legal issues that frame alternative risk transfer options and examines some of the initiatives that have emerged over the last few years. This section has been updated with new information on adverse development cover, mutuals, collaborative purchasing and insurance frameworks.
Budgetary Models analyses and evaluates different types of budgetary models which might be applied to budgetary processes in public sector organisations. This section has been updated with reference to outcomes based budgeting. It also contains a number of refreshed case studies.
Sustainability examines how the sustainability agenda will affect asset management strategies. This section has been updated regarding the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme. Option Appraisal has also been updated to cover the latest Government Construction Strategy for 2016 to 2020.
Current Affairs is a new section outlining a number of news stories from the past month relating to risk management; see in addition the equivalent section for counter fraud. Measuring Uncertainty is another new section which considers some of the traps that we might fall into when measuring risks to set priorities for action, and considers ways to improve the accuracy of what is almost certainly an estimate.
Introduction to Counter Fraud provides an overview of the TISonline Counter Fraud information stream and the planned new sections which will be added over the coming months. This section has been updated with a summary of the current fraud landscape and important developments in local government. See also Fighting Fraud and Corruption Locally and the CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker survey, which we would encourage your organisation to complete.
The minutes of the CIPFA VAT Committee meeting held on 3 March 2016 are now available. Key items under discussion included: property search charges (CON 29); local authority cemeteries and crematoria – memorials; park and ride; voluntary aided schools and de minimis; Kingscrest claims and the Better Care Fund.
A new Annual Fraud Indicator estimates public sector fraud at £37.5bn a year.
Planned legislation includes a Local Growth and Jobs Bill, Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill and legislation on education and care.
The Act has received Royal Assent and will implement policies including pay to stay, sale of high value stock and a duty to provide starter homes.
The latest monthly e-alert is now available, highlighting recent updates to TISonline and other CIPFA news.