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Care Act 2014

Financial duties: additional controls on resource use

581.Paragraph 23 enables the Secretary of State to specify additional limits within the total revenue resource limit on the maximum use of resources attributable to administrative matters by HEE (sub-paragraph (1)(c)). Sub-paragraph (2) provides that the matters relating to administration which count for the purposes of these limits may be set out in directions.

582.Under sub-paragraphs (1)(a) and (1)(b), the Secretary of State will also be able to set additional limits on total revenue or total capital resource use attributable to particular matters specified in directions. Sub-paragraph (3) requires that the Secretary of State may only impose such limits for the purpose of complying with limits imposed by HM Treasury. These limits relate to specific budgetary limits applied across all Government Departments on certain elements of spending. For example within the revenue Departmental Expenditure Limit, HM Treasury applies a ring-fence to spending on depreciation. HM Treasury applies controls on Annually Managed Expenditure under which there are limits on the creation of new provisions (charges for spending that is likely to happen in future years e.g. the economic cost of providing student loans over the full repayment period. The Department of Health would also apply a limit on the balance of spending not covered by the specific limits, again to provide consistency with the controls applied by HM Treasury. These types of spending will fall within the total resource limits but need to be separately controlled within them.

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