From:                                             Rob Whiteman, CIPFA <>

Sent:                                               01 October 2020 10:02

To:                                                  Moore, Ashleigh

Subject:                                         CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin


Weekly update on coronavirus

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CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin

As I wrote my foreword for the latest edition of Public Finance Perspectives (more information below), I was reminded of the importance of early intervention. Unfortunately, a preventative approach often suffers when we only have a short-term planning horizon.

We all know the government will have to make some extremely difficult decisions in the upcoming spending review, finding a sustainable balance between funding, taxation and the growing deficit. The reality may well be that one of the decisions is to switch to a one-year spending round. While this short-term optic is understandable, it is important that as a profession, we continue to defend the need for a longer-term settlement.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG)

BEIS has published guidance for local authorities on the LRSG which was announced on 9 September to support businesses required to close due to local restrictions. They will cover the full cost for properties on the rating list and will give authorities a further 5% to develop schemes to support those not on the rating list. BEIS has also committed to funding the administration of this grant, with a new burdens assessment to be carried out.

Social care post COVID–19

Our new publication, The Road to Reform: COVID-19 as a catalyst for change in funding social care, proposes a five-point plan to inform the development of a sustainable and equitable system of funding to ensure the future of this vital sector.

Public Finance Perspectives

The latest edition of Public Finance Perspectives, published by Public Finance magazine, contains a collection of nine essays under the theme of ‘Growing challenge: Children’s welfare after COVID-19’.

Spending review submission

In our submission to the comprehensive spending review we have stressed that radical adjustments to NHS capital budgets and the level of funding for local authorities would be key to meeting demand, with the only alternative being the adjustment of service level expectations. Our submission also highlighted the weaknesses in the resilience of the social care system that have been exposed by COVID-19, calling for sufficient funding to cover the additional costs of the pandemic, and to ensure financial sustainability in the aftermath.

Network Update

Governance network

The Committee on Standards in Public Life has announced a landscape review of public standards. The review will look at best practice and identify any gaps in the way the Seven Principles of Public Life are promoted and maintained.

CIPFA Benefits and Revenues service

Replacement of the Job Retention Scheme and amended self-employed income support scheme. On 24 September, the Chancellor announced a new in-work Job Support Scheme, replacing the Job Retention Scheme that ends in October. The new scheme will support businesses and workers affected by COVID-19 for the next six months.

New data service launched

A new data service will help public finance professionals make smarter decisions. Hosted on a cloud-based platform, CIPFAstats+ represents a wide-ranging variety of financial and non-financial data on local authority frontline services.

CIPFA seeks new chair for Local Authority Accounting Panel

For more information on the role, contact CIPFA policy support officer Mark Mclean:

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 future of adult social care. Watch here
• The case for local government reorganisation. Watch here
• Public sector performance reporting and the sustainable development goals. Watch here

Upcoming webinars

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 11am–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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