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Schools outlines the respective responsibilities of local authorities and schools with regard to local management and financial accountability. It further describes the various types of schools and their particular arrangements including academies and free schools.
This section now includes additional information on the apprenticeship levy.
A new CIPFA Bulletins section has been added to Local Authority Accounting. CIPFA Bulletin 01: Closure of the 2017/18 Financial Statements covers the closure of accounts for 2017/18 and provides further guidance and clarification to complement the 2017/18 Code Guidance Notes. It addresses frequently asked questions and other issues that have arisen since the publication of the 2017/18 Code Guidance Notes.
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 2018/19. Capping and Council Tax Referendums has been updated regarding referendum principles for 2018/19 for English authorities.
Introduction to Charges for Housing provides background on charging for local authority housing, explaining the role of local authorities in this area and including statistics on rent income. It has been updated to include latest statistics on local authority housing revenue account income and income per dwelling in 2016/17.
Local Authority Housing Rents has been updated to reflect announcements on future rent policy from 2020, reversal of plans to introduce the local housing allowance cap for social housing, and the government’s plans for a new model to fund supported housing.
Higher Education considers the organisation of this sector in the UK and the internal and external audit arrangements. This section has been updated to reflect recent funding developments and key risks to consider. Further Education has also been updated and looks at the audit and assurance arrangements within the context of the Post-16 Audit Code of Practice.
Health and Wellbeing Boards provides an overview of the purpose, structure, functions and governance arrangements of these boards. This section has been updated with information on their role in health and social care integration, including sustainability and transformation plans.
ICT Project Management provides practical guidance on how to manage an ICT project, including the introduction of a new ICT based system. This section has been expanded and updated to include information on the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Tenant Participation and Tenant Management Organisations has been updated. This section looks at tenant participation in managing their own homes and the impact of the right to manage legislation. It covers the options available in the modular management agreement and the calculation of allowances for tenant management organisations.
Ordinary Residence Rules outlines the guidance in determining which local authority is required to meet the needs in respect of adults with care and support needs and carers by clarifying whether a person is ‘ordinarily resident’ in the area of the local authority. This section has been updated with reference to recently revised Care Act guidance.
Direct Payments has been reviewed and updated with reference to the Care Act and other policy developments, including health and social care integration. This section outlines the purpose of direct payments, methods of assessing capacity and eligibility and also describes how the system is administered.
The Adult Social Care and Health information stream has been updated in a number of areas, including Charging for Social Care Services; How is the NHS Performing?; Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework; and Sources of Information.
Ethics and the Internal Auditor is a new section which outlines the ethical standards and requirements placed on internal auditors and considers how ethical behaviour and conduct can be demonstrated in practice. Auditing Ethics looks at the approach to auditing ethical conduct and behaviour and provides guidance on developing the scope of potential audit work programmes to undertake internal audit reviews.
Better Care Fund outlines the development of this fund, its current operation and considers the governance and internal audit implications. This section has been updated with reference to new spending commitments and the National Audit Office's recent review of progress on the BCF. It also includes a new list of key risks and mitigating controls which auditors may wish to consider.
Head of Internal Audit's Annual Report and Annual Audit Opinion is a new section which outlines the requirement for the chief audit executive to provide an annual report to those charged with governance, which should include an opinion that concludes on the overall adequacy and effectiveness of the organisation’s framework of governance, risk management and control.