Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides

CLG: Planning departments in England have this month taken delivery of the Planning Portal’s Best Practice Guide – a toolkit which provides helpful advice on how LPAs can reduce the amount of time staff spend on general planning enquiries, simply by implementing effective click-through links to the Planning Portal website.

It is envisaged that significant time & cost savings will be made by the LPAs, simply by empowering website users to educate themselves on relevant aspects of the planning process. Free, high level planning information for everything - including the installation of a satellite dish to a loft conversion - will be just one click away from the local authority’s website.
Press release ~ E-Planning Best Practice ~ PAS: Better planning through technology
 
LRLand Registry has published a new guide where deeds lodged for registration require correction or alteration.  It also gives advice about how to deal with the different situations that can arise.  A completed deed sometimes needs to be altered if the owners (or their successors) decide that its effect should be changed.  
 
Practice Guide No 68 - Amending deeds that effect dispositions of registered land outlines the procedures that need to be followed where the original deed has already been registered,and distinguishes these from where the deed has not been lodged for registration, or where the application to register it has not yet been completed.

The guide also advises practitioners about situations where a later deed, drawn up for the purpose of correcting or altering an original deed that has already been registered, needs to follow one of the prescribed forms of transfer and/or comply with other specific requirements of the 2002 Land Registration Act and Rules.
Press release ~ Practice Guide 68 - Amending deeds that effect dispositions of registered land
 
Newswire – AC: Doctors must learn the basics of NHS finance to help drive greater efficiency and better outcomes for patients, according to the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Audit Commission.  The new Guide to Finance for Hospital Doctors is a practical manual that aims to help hospital doctors get to grips with the way the money works in the health service.  It is especially useful for medical students and doctors in the early stages of their careers.
 
The guide is not about focusing on cost alone.  It is about how money can best be used to improve the quality of care, combining operational and clinical effectiveness.  Efficient use of resources and good quality services go hand-in-hand.
 
In February 2009 there was a call for clinicians to become more involved in NHS finance, agreed by the Royal College of Nursing, the NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, the Department of Health, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Audit Commission.
Press release ~ Academy of Medical Royal Colleges ~ Audit Commission – A guide to finance for hospital doctors ~ NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation ~ Healthcare Financial Management Association ~ February 2009 clinicians and finance statement
 
LDA: The London Development Agency (LDA) has increased its support for small businesses and job seekers in the capital with the release of a new online guide to help them meet the challenges of the current economic downturn.

The guide – a response to the Mayor of London’s Economic Recovery Action Plan - gives Londoners easy access to the key contacts they need to boost their prospects – whether a business owner is facing difficulty or an individual’s job is at risk.
Press release ~ New online guide ~ Mayor of London’s Economic Recovery Action Plan ~ Manufacturing Strategy ~ LDA ~ Think London ~ Diversity Works for London ~ Community Development Finance Institutions ~ LDA – Keep London Working ~ London Skills Employment Board ~ Business Link in London ~ Knowledge Connect ~ Designing Demand ~ Supply London ~ British Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre ~ Business London ~ London Chamber of Commerce and Industry
 
NA: Business leaders recently attended a reception at the House of Lords, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and the National Council on Archives, where they discovered the power of an often forgotten asset, as The National Archives launched a new publication - Corporate memory – a guide to managing business archives.
 
Through this guide, The National Archives demonstrates how businesses can use their archives to explore new markets, provide legal & regulatory protection and succeed in today's competitive markets. The guide highlights many different ways organisations are successfully using their archives and the benefits of maintaining high quality records.
 
The guide's release coincides with launch of the National Strategy for Business Archives, written by NA in partnership with the Business Archives Council, the Society of Archivists and other sector bodies. The strategy aims to ensure that the archives of our nation's business are cared for, protected & properly used in the future.
Press release ~ Corporate memory – a guide to managing business archives ~ National Council on Archives ~ Business Archives Council ~ Society of Archivists ~ National Strategy for Business Archives ~ Managing Business Archives