Following lobbying by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC), supported by SLCC, amendments will be made to the Accounts and Audit Regulations this week. This applies to English parish councils.
The regulations will move the statutory deadlines back by 2 months:
- Accounts and AGAR to be approved and published by 31 August 2020 at the latest
- Public rights period to commence on or before 1 September 2020.
- Final audited accounts and external auditor report and certificate to be published by 30 November 2020
This will significantly alleviate the pressures on parish councils in producing their AGAR. SLCC encourages clerks to continue to progress their year-end accounts work as much as possible, realising that internal audit is impacted by the current restrictions and social distancing.