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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Audit Approaches sets out the requirements for auditors to provide assurance on the controls and risks operating in an organisation and describes the methodologies that can be used to obtain this assurance. This section has been updated with reference to evaluating risk management processes and risk-based auditing, including compliance and substantive testing.
Coverage of charging for local authority housing has been updated. The Introduction explains the role of local authorities in providing social housing and the finance system. Local Authority Housing Rents explains the rules that govern setting of rents, and also covers affordable rent, supported housing and pay to stay.
Service Charges looks at charges for both leaseholders and tenants, and Other Housing-related Charges outlines some of the other main areas where local authorities have powers to apply charges, such as rents for non-dwellings and charges relating to housing conditions and licensing.
The CFO and Financial Sustainability is a new section outlining the main features of Section 114 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, which places a duty on chief financial officers to report if there is, or likely to be, an unbalanced budget or unlawful expenditure. This section will be of particular interest at a time of continuing austerity and growing concerns about the financial stability of major public bodies.
Current Developments summarises the main areas of development and latest news relating to local government funding, and links to relevant documents. The section has been updated to include announcements in the Spring Budget.
Settlement 2017/18 – England provides an overview of the final local government finance settlement for 2017/18, explaining the headline figures and the distribution system.
Costing and the National Tariff Payment System explains the role of costing in NHS finance and the background to the tariff system. This section has been reviewed and updated with reference to patient-level costing, service-line reporting and the aims of the Costing Transformation Programme.
How is the NHS Performing? has also been updated in the light of recently issued monitoring reports from the King's Fund, which examine the views of finance directors on the productivity challenge they face, as well as presenting some key NHS performance data.
Data Quality, which has been completely refreshed and updated, outlines why good quality data is becoming increasingly important for public services. It also explains how data quality is assessed within the performance and governance framework and discusses the role of internal audit in reviewing and assessing the quality of data.
Current Affairs: Social Housing Regulation in England summarises the ongoing changes to regulation of social housing in England under the Housing and Planning Act 2016. The section has been updated to reflect recent changes including the removal of consents requirements and the planned separation of the HCA’s regulation and investment functions.
Overview of Contract Management for Major Projects introduces some standard types of contract commonly used, identifying advantages and risks associated with each. The content on private finance initiative (PFI) contracts has been updated.
Capping and Council Tax Referendums explains the system of council tax principles and referendum requirements in England, and capping in Wales, which are the ways in which the government exerts control over local taxation decisions taken by local authorities. The section has been updated to include details of the principles for 2017/18. Council Tax Freeze Grant has also been updated.
The Equality and Diversity section looks at the requirements of an equality policy, the public sector equality duty and managing diversity within an organisation. It has been updated to cover leave entitlements and the Accessible Information Standard.
Engaging in Commissioning is a new section explaining how in the changing environment for public services there is a greater need to demonstrate evidence of the impact of sport and culture contributing towards improved outcomes for local communities. Engaging in commissioning provides guidance on how local communities can provide increased value for money, and continued service excellence.
Sport and Recreation Provision – An Overview examines the reasons why local authorities provide sport and recreation facilities and the link with health, economic and community benefits. It also draws attention to key considerations when planning for sport and recreation services.
Introduction to Risk Management has been updated with a refreshed overview of the key themes of risk management and how it can be used to promote innovation in support of strategic objectives. This section also outlines the main areas covered by the information stream and how the guidance can support risk managers. The Risk Management Current Affairs section has also been updated with a number of news stories from the past month.
A new chapter has been published in our Operations and Monitoring section: Urban Development Corporations, Olympic Delivery Authority and Mayoral Development Corporations. It includes historical information, outlines the scope of roles and details the part that newer models play in regeneration.
The minutes of the CIPFA VAT Committee meeting held on 2 March 2017 are now available. The Contact with HMRC section has also been updated with reference to a recently issued guidance note and technical query form.
Arm's-Length Bodies, which has been updated to reflect recent changes, summarises the different organisations that support providers of care and safeguard patients' interests, it also provides an outline of Public Health England. Other sections of the stream which have been updated include Adult Social Care Glossary, Adult Social Care Inquiry and CIPFA Health Newsletters.
Governance explains the governance requirements that apply to housing associations and how they are met, including regulatory requirements, the governance codes and reporting on governance. It is essential that housing associations ensure that good governance is in place, due to the need to protect public money and the increasing diversity of the sector.
The Prevent Duty is a new topical issues piece. It outlines the Prevent duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 and authorities' obligations under it, with particular regard to ICT considerations.
Homelessness outlines the history of homelessness legislation and the main current provisions. It covers the financial background, the effect of housing benefit rules, and the policies adopted by local authorities to deal with homelessness. Updates include recent government policy announcements and funding initiatives, the new Flexible Homelessness Support Grant, and updated statistics on homelessness.
The Dedicated Schools Grant section provides an introduction to the schools budget and the Dedicated Schools Grant, setting out the purpose and use of each of the funding blocks. It has been updated to reflect recent announcements on the new schools national funding formula.
Children's Health and Care Services summarises key functions of the NHS for children, which support child development and wellbeing, including health, education and social care. It has been updated with additional information on mental health funding.
An addition to the Ethical Investments chapter has been published, outlining a legal opinion obtained by the Local Government Association (LGA) on behalf of its members specifically regarding pension fund investments.
CIPFA releases a collection of essays examining the far-reaching implications of Brexit for the public sector.
Thetes of the CIPFA VAT Committee meeting held on 2 March 2017 are now available.
Subscribing to the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre is the most cost-effective way to access the resources your organisation needs to help combat fraud and corruption.
CIPFA is launching an independent advisory commission on Brexit to highlight the risks and opportunities facing the public sector.