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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Office Accommodation examines how to maximise office space for efficiencies and greater productivity.
Devolved Administrations has been updated to explain the current budgeting and funding arrangements relating to the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and the recent developments in their funding, financing and taxation powers.
The Insurance information stream has been updated in a number of areas, including Insurance Briefings, Risk Financing, and Alternative Risk Transfer. The Public Procurement Legislation and Tendering for Insurance Services section has also been refreshed to reflect recent changes.
Council Tax Enforcement explains the stage at which enforcement action can be commenced, the rules around obtaining a liability order and the consequent enforcement options available.
Community Asset Transfer has been updated to review the benefits of community involvement in the managing of local assets and how risks can be overcome.
Standing Orders and Financial Regulations explains the role of standing orders and financial regulations for local authorities and provides some illustrative examples. This section has been updated to reflect recent developments, including the publication of the new CIPFA Treasury Management Code of Practice.
Insurance has been updated to cover recent developments. This section identifies the key risk management issues which primarily affect physical assets for housing associations and legal liabilities in law to pay compensation for negligence, and outlines the main headings where risk transfer by means of external insurance is available.
Continuing our full update of the stream, the LGPS 2014: Governance chapter has been amended.
Policy Setting examines how to begin forming an asset management strategy which will contribute to the achievement of the organisation’s key objectives and priorities.
Sustainability examines how the sustainability agenda will affect asset management strategies.
Alternative Fuels for Road Transport gives an introduction to the main alternative fuel systems for road vehicles which may be employed in municipal use. It outlines the main features of each fuel system and where appropriate gives examples of organisations that have relevant experience of using these fuels.
Theof the CIPFA VAT Committee meeting held on 2 November 2017 are now available. Items under discussion included: Section 33 capping provisions; VA schools guidance; Better Care Fund; car parking charges in country parks; Making Tax Digital; VAT Notice 749; and NCP Upper Tier Tribunal judgement.
The Role of Asset Management in the Organisation section examines how asset management can benefit an organisation's corporate strategy.
The Risk Management information stream has been updated in a number of areas, including the Glossary and Current Affairs. There are also new sections on Brexit, Evaluating Risk Management Arrangements (including a number of sample documents) and a link to the 2017 Senior Managers' Risk Report.
Introduction to Counter Fraud has been updated with an overview of the London Counter Fraud Hub and other developments in local government, including the Right Benefit Initiative. Other sections of the information stream have also been updated, including Current Affairs and Further Information.
Cross Sectoral Budgeting Issues identifies the external factors and developments which influence budgeting in UK public services.
Air Pollution provides an overview of local authority responsibilities and legislation covering air pollution control and local air quality management.
Data and Records highlights the importance of an up-to-date asset register, and what it should contain. It also covers requirements under the government’s data transparency policy.
Managing Financial Risk has been updated. This section provides an overview of the main financial risks that affect housing associations in the areas of strategy, performance monitoring and resource, and gives guidance on managing these risks.
Capital Funding for Schools describes the capital funding available to schools and education settings, covering funding schemes up to 2018/19.
Internal Audit Reporting identifies different types of internal audit reports and explores how these can effectively provide management with an opinion on the adequacy of internal control systems. This section has been updated with reference to internal audit reporting of internal audit reviews, consultancy engagements and assignments. It also outlines specific requirements of the Local Government Application Note.
Current Affairs: Collection of Water Charges looks at the legal issues for local authorities that collect water charges on behalf of the water companies, and has been updated to include recent cases. Research on Mon-market Rents now includes new rent models that have been introduced in London.
Contaminated land has been updated and now explores some of the issues surrounding contaminated land, particularly in the light of legislation such as the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Local Authorities in Commerce provides an overview of the powers local authorities have to trade for commercial purposes. This section has been updated with a refreshed summary of the types of business organisations that can be established and the financial, legislative and governance framework.
Dedicated Schools Grant has been updated regarding schools funding reforms, following the publication of the government response to the second stage consultations on the schools national funding formula and high needs national funding formula.
Aims and Objectives was updated so that this section explains the aims of the information stream and outlines what will be covered in the content.
Noise Control explores the issues around noise and the requirements for local authorities set out in legislation in England, some will apply in the rest of the UK, there are separate legislative powers of the devolved governments in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Our full review of the stream continues with the chapter LGPS Reform and Review of Public Sector Pensions.
Financial Devolution in England summarises the developments in relation to the potential devolution of additional funding and taxation powers to English national, regional and local government.
Education and Training has been updated and explores the changes to the educational and training routes for environmental health practitioners and the professional requirements for candidates.
A new current affairs section covers the HCA’s Consultation on the Value for Money Standard. The consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce a new system of outcome-based reporting on targets, with a new code of practice to accompany the revised standard. The consultation closes on 20 December 2017 and the revised standard is expected to apply from April 2018.
Rents and Charges has been updated to reflect the government's announcement on future rent increases for the five years from 2020/21, and the decision not to introduce the local housing allowance cap for social housing. Current Affairs: Funding of Supported Housing now covers the government response, latest consultations and policy statement on developing a new funding model for supported housing.
Operational ICT Management highlights some of the main operational management areas to consider when managing an ICT function. This forms part of a new section on Management of ICT.
ICT Service Management Context and Delivery Options considers how ICT services assist in the delivery of the overall organisational strategic goals and objectives. This section provides an overview of the main delivery options and forms part of of a new section on Management of ICT.
ICT Management Governance Frameworks and Standards looks at the many different frameworks that can be used for managing the delivery of cost-effective IT services. Many frameworks only cover a specific aspect of IT such as information security, service management, quality etc. This forms part of a new section on Management of ICT.
Financial Management of ICT outlines the main considerations in the financial management of ICT, highlighting potential problem areas that arise due to the specialist nature of ICT and covering issues that are relevant to both providers and purchasers of ICT services. This forms part of a new section on Management of ICT.
Roles and Responsibilities provides an overview of the main ICT management roles in an organisation, explaining the responsibilities of each role. This forms part of a new section on Management of ICT, with further guidance to be added shortly.
We are currently reviewing the whole stream. The first part, Local Government Pension Scheme, has now been updated.
Introduction to Financial Management and Corporate Governance outlines the scope of this information stream. This section has been updated with a refreshed overview of the key concepts and features of good governance and financial management, and also provides a list of the most relevant guidance.
Development of the Education Service outlines the changes to the education service, starting with current developments and going back to the 1980s. This section has been updated to include the Education and Adoption Act 2016 and the creation of the Education and Skills Funding Agency in April 2017.
The minutes of the HFMA VAT Technical Sub-Committee held on 27 September 2017 are now available. Items under discussion included leased cars in the NHS; error correction and COS; the Partial Exemption Framework; NHS healthcare income via commercial entities; agency staff; library services; and COS Heading 14.
Academies and the Academy Transfer Process covers the audit requirements for academies and examines the local authority audit role in the transfer process when a local authority school converts to academy status. This section has been updated to reflect the many variations of the academy model and changing government policy and guidance in this area.
l focuses on the scope and objectives of the audit review of an organisation's financial management and control arrangements. This section has been updated to reflect revisions to the PSIAS and the CIPFA Financial Management model. It also contains a refreshed list of internal audit objectives and key controls within the context of financial management systems.
is a new section which provides an overview of the GDPR and its implications for auditors. It also summarises the key changes to be introduced and includes reference to the up-coming Data Protection Bill. Other sections recently updated include and the .
Managing Business Rates Appeals within the Business Rates Retention System provides an overview of business rates appeals and the impact on local authority budget setting and final accounts processes. The section covers the new ‘check, challenge, appeal’ system which was introduced in April 2017.
Section 31 Grants explains the basis of Section 31 grants and summarises recent grants that have been paid to local authorities under the relevant legislation. The section has been updated regarding the reimbursement of the costs of new business rates reliefs.
Police Funding in England and Wales for 2015/16 to 2017/18 covers grant allocations for police funding, including the general grant and the various specific grants. It shows how the funding is broken down between sources and the allocations to individual bodies. The section has been updated to include 2017/18.
Theof the CIPFA VAT Committee meeting held on 2 November 2017 are now available.
The December 2017 monthly e-alert is now available, highlighting recent updates to TISonline and other CIPFA news.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of CIPFA's TISonline service, first launched in 1967 to provide a comprehensive financial information service to the public sector.
CIPFA publishes the results of the third annual CIPFA Fraud and Corruption Tracker (CFaCT) survey.