Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Tags: Audit

Auditor guidance for AGAR completion

PKF is currently distributing instructions for completion of the AGAR for this year's audit to ALL councils in the LRALC area via the e-mail link https://www.pkf-l.com/services/limited-assurance-regime/.

If your council doesn't receive the link directly from PKF then we would advise contacting them directly to ensure that the contact details they hold for your council are correct.

Please note that for... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 29 Mar 2021 12:54 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit, Finance, Finance & Audit

Calling All Councils - New Version of Practitioners Guide Issued

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) has published a new edition of the Practitioners' Guide (otherwise known as Governance and Accountability for Local Councils) and have also written a letter to practitioners' (e.g. clerks, internal auditors, and councillors) clarifying a range of queries.

The letter addresses queries on communications, virtual meetings, the financial year to which... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 12 Aug 2020 06:59 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit, Finance, Finance & Audit, JPAG

External Audit Webinar - Coming Soon!

PKF Littlejohn have informed us that their webinar (designed to assist councils complete the audit process smoothly) will be available on line shortly (March 11th). We will make the link available via this webpage, round robin, and other channels as soon as it is available.

Posted: Wed, 04 Mar 2020 17:33 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit

Common External Audit Errors - New SAAA Guidance

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, our External Auditor for Leicestershire and Rutland. This will assist councils in ensuring their documentation is correctly completed and submitted.

Please download the documents highlighting... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 02 Mar 2020 19:58 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit

Close of Audit 2018-19

As always at this time of year we are publishing information to assist our member councils in ensuring that they are compliant and are fulfilling legal requirments placed upon them with regards to the annual audit process for all councils.

Councils which were eligible to certify as exempt from external audit (ie below £25k turnover), and did so, will receive nothing further from their external... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 04 Oct 2019 12:01 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Financial, LRALC, audit

External Audit submission deadline - 1st July 2019

A reminder that the submission deadline of 1st July is approaching. By this date councils should have submitted to PKF Littlejohn either:

  1. A completed & approved AGAR and all applicable supporting documents; or
  2. An Exemption Certificate .

Wherever possible, all documents should be submitted by email to sba@pkf-littlejohn.com. Hard copies should be sent by post to: SBA Team PKF Littlejohn LLP 1 Westferry... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:01 by Frances Webster

Tags: Audit

Redaction of AGAR Signatures

Since our round robin on Friday 11th May 2018 we have had further correspondence from PFK Littlejohn on the issue of the redaction of signatures on published AGAR forms. The issue is due to be discussed further by PFK Littlejohn in the light of GDPR implementation.

See below for a copy of the correspondence.

Thank you for your email. Our expectation is that signatures are not redacted. This was raised... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 14 May 2018 20:08 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Guidance, audit

New guidance on local government investments

The Government has published a new edition of its statutory guidance on local government investments. The new edition applies in England only, for accounting periods starting on or after 1st April 2018. The guidance can be found by clicking here.

The main change is that the guidance is now mandatory for parish and town councils where investments exceed or are expected to exceed £100,000 in the... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 12 Mar 2018 22:49 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Guidance, audit, investments, reserves

Journalists and inspection of parish and town council accounts

Grant Thornton - Limited Assurance 2016/17 - Bulletin 3 – New rights of inspection

Journalists now have the right to inspect the accounts (but it's still only electors who can raise questions and objections with the external auditor).

The Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Act 2017 (the Act) received royal assent on 27 April 2017. The Act extends rights of inspection under section 26 of the... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 16 May 2017 09:00 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Finance & Audit, Financial, LRALC, audit