From:                                             Rob Whiteman, CIPFA <>

Sent:                                               23 September 2020 10:44

To:                                                  Moore, Ashleigh

Subject:                                         CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin


Weekly update on coronavirus

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CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin

Submissions to the spending review are due in with the Treasury this week and while all local authority contributions will be different, I am sure the themes will be similar. Unfortunately, the spending review timeline does not sit well with the local authority financial processes, with budget decisions set to be made without knowing the outcome of the spending review.

CFOs will need to explore other financial levers that could be of use without being afraid to suggest options that may have been rejected in past spending reviews. Ringfencing could be something to reconsider.

As representations are assessed, government must ensure that the immediate pressure of COVID-19 does not mask those issues that need bigger, systemic solutions such as adult social care. With national debt mounting, future generations will already have an increased tax burden. We need to find a solution and sooner rather than later. In 1948, Aneurin Bevan had to fight hard to get his plans through Clement Attlee’s post-war Labour cabinet. Will the next Bevan please stand up?

Self-isolation payments

In preparation for a second wave of COVID-19, councils have been asked to implement financial support for people who are required to self-isolate. From 28 September, government is providing funding for a new test and trace support payment scheme for people on low incomes who are unable to work while they are self-isolating. Oldham was one of the first places to pilot the scheme. However, with local authorities having less than a month to implement the scheme, issues around funding, resources and data are adding to the already difficult task faced by CFOs as they try to find even temporary solutions.

Local lockdown lessons

The report by Dame Mary Ney “Rapid Stocktake of Lessons Learnt and Good Practice in the Management of Local Covid-19 Outbreaks” was published last week. It sets out best practice drawn from all 5 local authorities in the Leicester City/Leicestershire area and contains learning points for other areas.

Housing possession for social tenants

Temporary delayed possession measures for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic ended on 20 September 2020. MHCLG has published guidance for landlords and tenants in the social and private rented sectors.

Public Finance Live goes digital

CIPFA’s annual conference, Public Finance Live, is less than a month away. Taking place virtually across four days –Monday 19 to Thursday 22 October – this event will explore the road to recovery from COVID-19. Explore the programme here

Network update

Alternative service delivery network

The composition of the board of directors and the wider governance aspects in local authorities has been a very challenging area and something which authorities and trading companies need to investigate as a matter of urgency. The network has scheduled a webinar on 16 October on the roles and responsibilities of directors and non-executive directors in a new series of events which will explore the area of governance.

Recent webinars

We are running a series of topical webinars exploring various consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for local government and other public service professionals:

• The importance of NEDs in a post-COVID world. Watch here
• The future of adult social care. Watch here
• The case for local government reorganisation. Watch here

Upcoming webinars

Public sector performance reporting and the sustainable development goals: 24 September 10.30am–12.00pm

As climate change becomes an increasingly important factor in the decision making of governments, sustainability and performance reporting has grown in both relevance and importance for those working in public finance. Join us for this webinar to discuss the latest frameworks in public sector performance reporting as it relates to the UN’s SDGs and the future of sustainable reporting in the European context. Register here

PAID FOR: The Redmond Review on local government financial reporting and external audit: 28 September 2020 9.00am–12.00pm

Hear directly from Sir Tony on the recommendations and impact of the Redmond Review and the likely timeline for implementation. Gain an early insight from Rob Whiteman, CIPFA’s CEO, on how the Institute will be responding to the recommendations, in order to best support and promote these recommendations. Register here

Beyond COVID-19 – What’s next in adult social care transformation?: 7 October 2.45–3.45pm

In a new report 'Beyond COVID: New thinking on the future of social care', the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) argues that, despite the massive challenges facing the sector, this is the time for bold reform. SCIE, CIPFA and Peopletoo invite you to join the second webinar in a new series, in which we discuss how as a sector we are going to achieve sustainable transformation in adult social care. Register here

A place for prevention: 8 October 11.00am–12.15pm

Placing emphasis on place-based prevention will help mitigate the heavy burden expected to fall on public services in the coming years and safeguard them in the event that another crisis hits. The panellists at this webinar will discuss their research into place-based prevention and tools to create and implement place-based approaches in local communities. Register here

COVID-19 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.

Further advice and guidance can also be found on CIPFA’s COVID-19 hub.

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