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
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.
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.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has
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.
Larger local authorities face reporting requirements on steps taken to
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
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
• The case for local government reorganisation. Watch
• Public sector performance reporting and the sustainable development
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
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
Please share any questions or issues you’re experiencing with Joanne
CIPFA Local Government Policy Manager: email@example.com
Chief Executive, CIPFA