From:                                             Rob Whiteman, CIPFA <cipfa@email.cipfa.org.uk>

Sent:                                               07 October 2020 10:33

To:                                                  Moore, Ashleigh

Subject:                                         CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin

 

Weekly update on coronavirus

CIPFA | The Chartered Institute of Public Finance & Accountancy


CIPFA COVID-19 Bulletin

With the annual conference just around the corner I am reminded of just how much has changed since March. An all-digital conference would have been unthinkable less than a year ago and yet here we are, about to go live with a four-day conference streaming to hundreds of delegates. While it’s a fantastic virtual programme, I’m going to miss that personal interaction with people while wandering from session to session – where a conversation sparks an idea that develops into an opportunity. We are working hard to replicate the full conference experience in our virtual world and I look forward to sharing this new format with you soon.

Social care funding

On 2 October, round two of the Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund guidance set out the infection control measures that the new fund will support, including information on the distribution of funds and reporting requirements.

The Adult Social Care Infection Control Fund was first introduced in May 2020 and was initially worth £600m. It has now been extended until March 2021, with an extra £546m of funding. This is a new grant, with revised conditions from the original Infection Control Fund and brings the total ringfenced funding for infection prevention and control to £1.146bn.

The fund can only be used to support social care providers, and as such local government is responsible for administering the fund whilst not benefiting from it. However, this round of the fund does provide for some additional discretion as to how it can be utilised.

Dedicated School Grant (DSG)

MHCLG are currently finalising details for a statutory override for DSG from 2020/21. Further information will be available shortly.

Green funding

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme. The Grant Scheme will allocate £1bn of grant funding and encourage green investment aligning with the government’s net zero goals.

Networks updates

Revenues Service

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published Business Rates Information Letter (BRIL) 8/2020 which includes 2023 Revaluation of Non-Domestic Property, new Burden Payments (including for Council Tax Hardship Fund) and underestimates of Business Rates Reliefs for 2020/21.

Procurement Network

Larger local authorities face reporting requirements on steps taken to prevent modern slavery. The government is set to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act 2015 to require larger local authorities and other public bodies and businesses to take action against modern slavery risks in their supply chains.

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please share any questions or issues you’re experiencing with Joanne Pitt,
CIPFA Local Government Policy Manager: joanne.pitt@cipfa.org

Rob Whiteman
Chief Executive, CIPFA


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