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 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
The Welsh Government (WG) is pleased to announce funding to help strengthen financial management and governance. The funding will allow councils to access a support package to boost their governance infrastructure, including increasing training for clerks and councillors. Certificate in Local Council Administration (CiLCA) Bursary Scheme WG has agreed to cover the costs of clerks
The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) have issued a letter which responds to questions raised since the Practitioners Guide was published in March 2020 and addresses the following: Communication Virtual Meetings Financial Year to which the Practitioners Guide relates Signing the AGAR Publication of AGAR on websites Right to Inspect the Accounts You
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