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Proper practices in relation to accounts

For a smaller authority that has decided to prepare accounts and be audited as a full audit authority
  • Introduction
  • Proper practices – Statement of accounts
  • Proper practices – Annual governance statement

    • Introduction

          1. Regulation 8(1) of the Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015 allows smaller authorities with annual turnover exceeding £25,000 to decide to prepare a statement of accounts and be audited as if it were a relevant authority that is not a smaller authority. This is defined in the Regulations as a ‘full audit authority’.
          2. For the purposes of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, a full audit authority is treated as a Category 1 authority.
          3. Regulation 7 of the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, requires a Category 1 authority to prepare a statement of accounts in accordance with the regulations and proper practices in relation to accounts. Regulation 5 requires a Category 1 authority to prepare an annual governance statement in accordance with proper practices in relation to accounts.
          4. The proper practices in relation to accounts for a full audit authority are set out in this guidance issued by JPAG.
          5. Proper practices – Statement of accounts

          6. JPAG recommends that, for financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2016, a full audit authority should follow the proper accounting practices found in UK GAAP (FRS 102) issued by the Financial Reporting Council 2.
          7. Alternatively, a full audit authority may adopt as proper practices the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the UK issued by CIPFA/LASAAC.
          8. Proper practices – Annual governance statement

          9. JPAG recommends that a full audit authority should follow Delivering Good Governance in Local Government: Framework, published by CIPFA and SOLACE in 2007 and its subsequent addendum, published in 2012, which provides an updated example annual governance statement. A full audit authority may also wish to refer to Delivering good governance in local government: A guidance note for English authorities, published by CIPFA/SOLACE in 2012, which is intended to assist authorities in reviewing their governance arrangements and can be used in conjunction with the Framework and the addendum.
          10. Alternatively, a full audit authority may use the annual governance statement in Section 1 of the annual return (see Section 1 of this guide and the pro-forma annual return available alongside this guide).
          2 The Financial Reporting Standard for Smaller Entities (the FRSSE) has been withdrawn for financial years commencing on or after 1 January 2016.

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