The CIPP online specialist interest group (SIG) forums are changing

13 May 2015

The way the CIPP online forums work is changing; in order to improve our service to members, the CIPP is moving our online forums to within the My CIPP area of the CIPPs website.

Online forums provide members with a secure environment to discuss issues and share experiences with others on similar topics, or within the same industry sector. The CIPPs policy and research team will be reviewing online forums on an ongoing basis and will input to discussions where appropriate.

So how will it work?

A member will join any of the online forums that interest them. Members can start a discussion using the discussion tab. Members will then be notified depending on their notification set up that a discussion has started. Members can then add their comments/views to this discussion, or indeed start another one.

The policy team will also be viewing the discussions, however where a piece of news is shared by the policy team, this will be placed under the news tab; please note members can comment on the news but not place news; please use the discussion tab. Next is a tab named documents; the policy team will use this to place documents on the SIG, for example a consultation document, or a CIPP response and finally the events tab. The policy team will use the events tab to advise members of consultation forums and other topical events that may be of interest to members.

Join a SIG

To add to or update your SIGs please use the form in the My Profile area and click save changes. To access the SIGs visit My CIPP in the members area. SIGs are a member benefit for associate, full and fellow members only, if you would like to upgrade your membership please email us.

Please note: The CIPP's previous SIG platform bascamp will be closed on Friday 29 May. After this date members will not have access to this area. If there are any documents that you feel should be moved to the new SIGs please email us.

Members’ voice

With the introduction of the new online forums members’ voice will be withdrawn. Instead the CIPP would encourage members to use one of the SIGs and create a discussion, either within the policy hub, or a specific topical SIG.

The dos and don’ts when using the SIGs.

Any member can join the policy hub, or legislation related SIGs. However, it is expected that only members in a specific industry or sector would join the sector specific SIGs. Under no circumstances can the SIGs be used to promote commercial products, however a member can offer advice, which refers to a commercial product e.g. “where can I find some service providers?” the CIPP would likely respond with website links including one to the CIPP’s Professional in Payroll, Pensions and Reward magazine.

The SIGs are designed to be open and honest forums for the benefit of members only.

A SIG constitution can be found under the document tab for each SIG, which includes conduct during any face to face meetings that may be held.

The SIGs available include:

  • Automatic Enrolment
  • Saving through payroll
  • Policy hub
  • CIPP Paying the World
  • CIPP schools initiative

Sector specific online forums

These forums are specific to your industry and enable you to network with peers from within your industry sector. We currently have forums for:

  • Public Sector – police, fire, NHS, civil servants
  • Local Authority – anyone involved in local authorities
  • Retail
  • Construction Industry
  • Charities
  • Football clubs
  • Pensioner payrolls
  • Banking and finance
  • Education including FE and HE
  • Banking and finance
  • Scottish payroll professionals
  • Utilities
  • Payroll software and or service providers
  • Small business

If you are interested in a particular subject or sector and can’t see a forum listed above, please let us know and we will investigate demand amongst our membership, and if sufficient demand we will set one up.