The 2021 edition of the Practitioners’ Guide has just been released. The guide applies to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns in respect of financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2021. As there are no changes to the guidance, simply clarification of proper practices, it can be applied to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns covering the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.
There is a new section on emails and the importance of the use of secure email systems and gov.uk addresses. The Chair of JPAG wrote to authorities in 2020 advocating the use of council-owned email addresses which present less risk to correspondence than the use of personal email addresses. Click here to view the full list of updates.