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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Cloud Computingprovides a brief summary of cloud computing and the government’s G-Cloud programme. It has been updated to include the latest information on the G-Cloud framework and case studies of local authorities using this service to procure cloud solutions.
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. The section has been updated to reflect the final local government finance settlement for 2016/17 which was issued on 8 February 2016.
Disaster Recovery Planning looks at the steps involved in developing an effective disaster recovery plan, to allow an organisation to continue its critical operations in the event of a disaster and recover as soon as possible. It has been updated to include coverage of cloud computing, insurance considerations and model disaster recovery arrangements.
CIPFA has issued an update to the 2015/16 Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting. The update confirms transitional reporting requirements for the measurement of the highways network asset, and also includes amendments as a result of legislative changes.
Business Intelligence provides an overview of how organisations can transform the raw data that they collect into something useful for decision-making. This section has been updated to cover ‘big data’ analysis, and includes case studies of big data analysis projects such as the Troubled Families project, as well as sources of further information on big data.
Role of Local Authorities sets the context in which local authorities operate in terms of leisure and cultural services. It assesses their strategic role and methods of delivery and highlights the importance of leisure and cultural services in meeting broader aims and objectives. The section has been updated to include examples of asset transfer.
Data Protection and the Council Tax explains data protection rules in relation to data held for council tax purposes, detailing the Data Protection Act principles governing the collection and processing of data. This section has been updated to include the National Fraud Initiative’s National Report 2014, recent guidance on data sharing, and further explanation of rights of access to data.
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. The section has been updated to cover the spending review, the provisional local government finance settlement and recent government consultations and announcements.
Asset Management provides a background to stock reinvestment and asset management for housing associations, setting out the key processes. The section has been updated to reflect recent developments including regulatory requirements and the current focus on ‘active asset management’. Coverage of the legal requirements has also been expanded.
Accounts explains the considerations that influence the format of accounts and other forms of reporting by housing associations. This section has been fully updated to reflect FRS 102, which changes the financial reporting requirements for housing associations, and which came into effect for financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2015.
A new current affairs section looks at the Housing and Planning Bill, and highlights the measures that will affect housing associations, including the extension of the right to buy, deregulatory measures and the pay to stay policy.
Legislative Requirements and Government Guidance provides an overview of the most important sources of requirements and guidance for public sector asset managers, and outlines the evolution of guidance since 1999. The section has been updated to include the 2015 spending review. Aims and Objectives has also been updated.