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Care Act 2014

Financial duties: controls on total resource use

577.Paragraph 22 is concerned with HEE’s annual resource allocation. Under this paragraph, the total use of capital resources and the total use of revenue resources by HEE in a financial year must not exceed amounts specified by the Secretary of State. HEE is placed under a duty to ensure that these total limits are not exceeded.

578.The resource allocations include not only HEE’s expenditure in the form of cash spending (that is, the cash spending that should be accounted for in that financial year, in line with resource accounting standards), but also consumption of other resources and the reduction in value of assets belonging to HEE (paragraph 22(4)). For example, the reduction in value of a photocopier across the year, or the distribution of leaflets previously kept in storage would be counted as part of the resource allocation. This system of setting not only a cash limit on HEE’s expenditure but also a limit on use of resources reflects the system for controlling government resources under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.

579.Sub-paragraph (2) gives the Secretary of State a power to give directions that specify what descriptions of resources must be treated as capital or revenue resources, and the uses of resources that must, or must not, be taken into account, when determining whether HEE has remained within the resource allocations for a financial year.

580.As with the allotment, the Secretary of State may only vary the resource allocations within a financial year if certain conditions are met. These conditions are set out in sub paragraph (3) and are that if HEE agrees that the change is necessary, if there is a parliamentary general election, or if the Secretary of State considers that exceptional circumstances require a variation of the allocation.

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