Exam results have been headline news over the last week. Over the
course of the pandemic, we have discussed at great length the
vulnerability of the elderly. But here we begin to see the issues faced
by young people.
Using the past to predict the future has resulted in many students
initially being awarded lower grades than they deserve. Despite
yesterday’s U-turn on grading, it seems inevitable that the lack of
transparency and fairness in the decisions taken will lead to further
distrust of government down the line. For years, CIPFA has been working
to improve trust and accountability between local government and
citizens. As CFOs, you will know that trust and finance are cyclical.
Transparency and a culture of openness support good financial management,
which in turn promotes trust, further reinforcing the culture of
Unfortunately, I fear that this years’ experience will have done
substantial damage to that cycle, making trust even harder to
Government extends Small Business Grants Fund, the Retail,
Hospitality & Leisure Grants Fund and the Discretionary Grants Fund
Updating previous information, the Department for Business, Energy
& Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have written to local authorities to
announce that the Small Business Grants Fund, the Retail, Hospitality
& Leisure Grants Fund and the Discretionary Grants Fund will now be
ending on 30 September 2020 and not the previously announced 28 August
2020. Applications for the Discretionary Grants Fund must now be made by
28 August and for all the schemes, paid by 30 September.
Local government supporting Test and Trace
A new NHS Test and Trace app will be trialled with residents in Newham as well as on the Isle of Wight and
with NHS volunteer responders across England, as part of the country’s
NHS Test and Trace service.
Residents in Newham will receive unique codes giving them early access
to download the app via email and post. They will be part of a three-week
trial period as the NHS Test and Trace programme rigorously evaluates the
app in real-world settings to monitor performance and identify
improvements ready for national launch.
Spreading Collection Fund deficits
Caroline Newman (Financial Advisory Network advisor) is continuing to
work with MHCLG on the spreading of the 2020/21 collection fund deficit
over three years. We will inform you immediately when we have further
details. For the latest updates, follow Caroline on Twitter @CWcipfa
Strengthening the approach to borrowing
As part of our response to a HM Treasury consultation on
the future lending terms of the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB), we have
called for compliance with the Prudential Code to be made a statutory
requirement. We have also committed to strengthening the Code by early
Model member Code of Conduct consultation
As part of the response that we submitted to the LGA consultation on
their draft model member Code of Conduct, we included additional
- taking forward the CSPL report;
- best practice recommendations;
- supporting the implementation of the code;
- the impact of culture.
Finance Advisory Network
Delivering outcomes in the public sector
Our latest publication, Delivering outcomes in the public sector,
urges the public sector to take an outcomes-focused approach to policy
making, particularly in the current climate.
This online book provides advice to practitioners on how to use an
outcomes approach to deal with challenges in public spending.
Public Sector Audit Appointments publishes the outcome of its
market engagement exercise
The PSAA exercise sought views from all
registered firms to inform PSAA’s consideration of whether further
procurement would be appropriate.
We are running a series of topical webinars exploring various
consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for local government and other
public service professionals.
advice portal for local authorities
Essential guidance for local authorities on all aspects of coronavirus
support can be found on the GOV.UK website. It is being regularly updated
and should act as the definitive reference point for councils: COVID-19
guidance for local government.
advice and guidance can also be found on CIPFA’s
share any questions or issues you’re experiencing with Joanne
Pitt, CIPFA Local Government Policy Manager: email@example.com
Chief Executive, CIPFA