Guidance Notes and Best Practice Guides
SFA: The Innovation Code, launched in April 2012 is working hard to ensure skills funding can benefit learners and those communities that need it most. Currently almost 140,000 employers use the further education system each year and by using the flexibility of the code the aim is that many more will get the right skills solution for them.
Kim Thorneywork, Chief Executive of the Skills Funding Agency has announced the publishment of a revised guidance, in partnership with the Association of Colleges and the Association of Employers & Learning Providers.
NE: A library of real-life video case studies is now online on Natural England’s website, showing how Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) advice can help food producers across a wide range of farming sectors improve their local environment and cut their costs.
The free, specialist advice on offer from the CSF team in priority catchment areas in England covers a wide range of topics: from providing information on nutrient management planning & soil husbandry, to details of the latest developments in fertiliser spreader calibration and soil & water management.
The CSF Capital Grant Scheme, which is run by Natural England, offers up to 50% funding for carrying out practical works that boost the health of England’s precious streams, rivers, meres & mosses by improving water quality and reducing pollution from agricultural activity. The CG Scheme will be available again next year with an application period of 1 March - 30 of April 2013.
FRC: The Financial Reporting Council has extended the scope of its technical actuarial standards (TASs) to include actuarial work on pension incentive exercises. The FRC’s move helps to address concerns that members of defined benefit schemes may be misled by financial incentives being offered into giving valuable pension benefits.