In response to a recent number of enquiries, Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has issued clarification and further advice on how these items should be recorded in the AGAR. The guidance specifically relates to furlough monies and closure grants. To view the letter and advice therein click here.
The following information has been published by MHCLG relating to the amendment of the Accounts and Audit Regulations: “The Accounts and Audit (Amendment) Regulations 2021 were laid on 9 March and come into effect on 31 March 2021. These regulations were intended to amend the timing of the period for the exercise of public rights
Local Authority Chief Executives were recently invited to submit their comments in a light touch consultation on how to implement the recommendation made by Sir Tony Redmond’s review of the effectiveness of external audit and transparency of financial reporting in local authorities. Views were sought on extending the deadline for publishing audited local authority accounts
Clerks/RFOs of town and parish councils in England are reminded that Sections 1 and 2 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (‘AGAR’), and the Certificate of Exemption from external audit (if applicable), must be considered and approved at a duly convened Full Council meeting. ‘Approval’ by phone or email or WhatsApp or by a
The Government has asked us to draw members’ attention to a letter to all Local Authority Chief Executives in England regarding the already-announced extension to audit deadlines for 2020. The letter can be found by clicking here. Parish and town councils are ‘Category 2’ authorities. Note the recommendation that councils should provide information on the
The Government has published regulations extending accounts and audit deadlines in England for 2020. The Regulations do not apply to Wales although we expect separate regulations. The period during which public rights of inspection may be exercised is now a period of 30 days commencing no later than Tuesday 1 September 2020. The rule that
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
In order to assist Town and Parish councils successfully complete their annual returns, the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments (SAAA) has distributed common errors with the public rights period and completion of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return form (AGAR) compiled by PKF Littlejohn. Please download the documents highlighting the common errors below: Public Rights Common