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Acronyms and abbreviations

This is a searchable directory of terms and abbreviations commonly used in local government which you might find on this site. If the term you are looking for isn't here please use the feedback link at the bottom of the page to let us know.

Term Explanation
Acas Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
ACE Achieving Cumbrian Excellence
ACT Action with Communities in Cumbria (formerly Voluntary Action Cumbria VAC)
AHC Appleby Heritage Centre
AIFireE Associate of the Institution of Fire Engineers
ALF Activity Led Funding
ALMO Arms Length Management Organisation
AMBA Alston Moor Business Association
AMP Alston Moor Partnership 
AMP Asset Management Plan 
AMR Annual Monitoring Report
AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
ATC Appleby Town Council
BAME Black, Asian, and minority ethnic 
BARS Biodiversity Action Reporting System
BC Building Control
BCP Business Continuity Plan
BIS Department for Business Innovation & Skills
BITC Business in the Community
BLF Big Lottery Fund
BMRA British Metals Recycling Association
BPR Business Process Re-engineering
BR Business Rates
BRE Building Research Establishment
C&YP Children and Young People (a block within Cumbria's Local Area Agreement)
CAB Citizens Advice Bureau
CABE Chartered Association of Building Engineers 
CAfS Cumbria Action for Sustainability
CALC Cumbria Association of Local Councils
CBEN Cumbria Business Environment Network
CCC Cumbria County Council
CCfA Councillor call for action
CCG Clinical Commissioning Group
CCT Compulsory Competitive Tendering
CCTV Closed Circuit Television
CCVS Cumbria Council for Voluntary Service
CDC Community Development Centre
CE Chief Executive
CfPS Centre for Public Scrutiny
CIPFA Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants
CLAS Cumbria Landlord Accreditation Scheme
CMS Content Management System 
CPO Compulsory Purchase Order
CRB Criminal Records Bureau
CREA Cumbria Rural Enterprise Agency
CRHT Cumbria Rural Housing Trust
CRM Customer Relationship Management (Computer system)
CRoW Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000
CRSP Cumbria Road Safety Partnership
CSR Comprehensive Spending Review
CT Cumbria Tourism 
CT Council Tax
CV Cumbria Vision (no longer in existence but some web pages may refer to it)
CWP Cumbria Waste Partnership
DBIS Department for Business Innovation and Skills
DC Development Control
DCLG Department for Communities and Local Government
DCMS Department for Culture, Media and Sport
DD Direct Debit
DDA Disability Discrimination Act replaced by the Equality Act 2010. 
DEFRA Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
DFG Disabled Facilities Grants
DFT Department for Transport 
DH Department of Health 
DHPs Discretionary housing payments 
DiGS Deposit Guarantee Scheme
DMADF Debt Management Account Deposit Facility
DMS Destination Management System
DoT Direction of Travel
DPA Data Protection Act
DPC Damp Proof Course 
DPDs Development Plan Documents
DPPOs Designated Public Place Orders
DRC Disability Rights Commission was replaced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission. 
DSO Direct Service Organisation
DWP Department for Work and Pensions
EA Education Authority 
EA  Environment Agency
EALC Eden Association of Local Councils
EAPF Eden Area Providers Forum
ECM Every Child Matters
EDC Eden District Council
EDCERP Eden District Council Emergency Response Plan
EEF Eden Economic Forum
EHA Eden Housing Association
EHRC Equality Human Rights Commission replaced Disability Rights Commission. 
ELYWP Eden Local Youth Work Partnership
EMS Environmental Management System
EO Equal Opportunity
EPC Energy Performance Certificate
EqIA Equality Impact Assessment
ERT Eden Rivers Trust
ESA Environmentally Sensitive Area
ESF European Social Fund
ESPAA Eden Sport and Physical Activity Alliance
ETN Eden Tourism Network
EVA Economic Viability Appraisal
EVPHP Eden Valley Public Health Partnership
FAQ Frequently Asked Question
FOI Freedom of Information
FOIA Freedom of Information Act 2000
FPN Fixed Penalty Notice
FSA Food Standards Agency 
FTE Full Time Equivalent
FTTC Fibre to the cabinet
FTTP Fibre to the premises 
FYI For your information
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GML Geography Markup Language 
Govt Government
H&S Health and Safety
HACCP Hazard analysis and critical control points
HB Housing Benefit
HCA Homes and Community Agency
HR Human Resources
HSE Health and Safety Executive
HTML Hypertext Markup Language
HWRC Household Waste Recycling Centres
ICCM Institute of Cemetery and Crematorium Management
ICO Information Commissioners Office
ICT Information Communication and Technology
IIC Invest in Cumbria
IIP Investors in People
IMD Index of Multiple Deprivation
kW  Kilowatt
LA Local Authority
LA21 Local Agenda 21
LAA Local Area Agreement
LDNPA Lake District National Park Authority
LEP Local Enterprise Partnership
LGA Local Government Association
LGC Local Government Chronicle
LGiU The Local Democracy think tank
LHA Local Housing Allowance
LLPG Local Land and Property Gazetteer
LVIA Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal
MEAT Most Economically Advantageous Tender
MFS Market Factor Supplement
MT  Management Team
NALC National Association of Local Councils
NBF National Federation of Builders
NI National Indicator
NIS National Indicator Set
NLIS National Land Information Service
NNDR National Non Domestic Rates (Business Rates) 
NPP North Pennines Partnership
NPPF National Planning Policy Framework 
NSNO No second night out 
NW North West
NWIEP North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership
ONS Office for National Statistics
OPHS Older People's Housing Strategy
PA Project Access
PACT Penrith Action for Communities in Transition
PAF Performance Assessment Framework
PC Parish Council
PCC Police and Crime Commissioner 
PCC Press Complaints Commission
PCN Penalty Charge Notice
PCT Primary Care Trust
PD Permitted Development Rights
PFI Private Finance Initiative
PHE Public Health England
PI Performance Indicator
PM Performance Management
PP Penrith Partnership
PPG Planning Policy Guidance
PPP Public Private Partnership
PSA Public Service Agreement
PSI Public Sector Information 
PSIAS Public Sector Internal Audit Standards
QA Quality Assurance 
QEGS Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Penrith 
RA Risk Assessment
RICS Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
RoP Rules of Procedure
RoSPA Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents
RSBG Rural Small Buildings Grant
RSG Revenue Support Grant
RSL Registered Social Landlords
RSP Regional Skills Partnership
RSS Really Simple Syndication (news feeds) 
RTB Right to Buy
RTPI Royal Town Planning Institute
RWN Rural Women's Network
SAP Standard Assessment Procedure
SARC Sexual Assault Referral Centre 
SBEM Simplified Building Energy Model
SFA Skills Funding Agency
SFBB Safer food, better business
SFRA Strategic Flood Risk Assessment
SHLAA Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment
SHMA Strategic Housing Market Assessment
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLDC South Lakeland District Council
SMART Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound (Performance Management Term)
SOAs Super Output Areas
SPD Supplementary Planning Document
SPG Supplementary Planning Guidance
SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest 
SWEP Severe Weather Emergency Protocol
TBC To be confirmed
TCP Tourism and Conservation Partnership
TCPA Town and Country Planning Association
TER Target CO2 Emission Rate
TFA Tourism for All
TFEE Target Fabric Energy Efficiency
TIC Tourist Information Centre
TOR Terms of Reference
TPO Tree Preservation Order
TQM Total Quality Management
TUPE Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment
UA 1) Ullswater Association 2) Unitary Authority
uPVC Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride
VCS Voluntary and Community Sector
VO Valuation Officer
VOA Value Office Agency 
W3C World Wide Web Consortium
WBL Work Based Learning
WCAG Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
WFS Web Feature Service Interface Standard 
WG Working Group
WMS Web Map Service 
XHTML Extensible Hypertext Mark-up Language
XML Extensible Mark-up Language