Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Tags: Audit

REMINDER - Sub £25,000 turnover councils - annual data sets due

REMINDER - Sub £25,000 turnover councils - annual data sets due

A reminder to all small (sub £25,000 turnover) parish councils that the deadline to publish the annual data sets required by law is rapidly approaching.

The statutory deadline is 1st July each year and the following items must all be published on a website:

  • All items of income and expenditure above £100.
  • End of year accounts. The end of year accounts should be accompanied by a copy of the... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 20 Jun 2022 16:42 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Audit, Meetings, Minutes, Parish Council, Small, Transparency

NALC publishes the 2022 edition of the Practitioners' Guide

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) 2022 edition of the Practitioners' Guide.

The 2022 edition of the guide has made updates to section five on the non-statutory guidance for clerks and responsible financial officers. This section leads councils to prepare and take their AGAR and its supporting papers to the council... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 01 Apr 2022 12:10 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: JPAG, audit, finance, governance

AGAR 21-22 Paperwork To Be Sent To Councils W/C 21st March

PKF Littlejohn is due to upload annual return/AGAR documents to their website shortly.

The documents will be loaded onto their website early next week (w/c 21st March), then e-mails to councils will be sent out on a staggered basis over several days starting next Wednesday (23rd) or Thursday (24th)

This means that some authorities and county areas will receive the documents a few days before others.... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 18 Mar 2022 19:01 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Agar, Audit

New Version of The Proper Practices (The Practitioner's Guide) Due For Publication Shortly

The second draft of the 2022 version of Governance and Accountability (the proper practices, also known as the practitioner's guide) including a total rewrite of Section 5 has gone out for checking.

40 experts from all aspects of Local Council Governance have been involved in drafting the document with a view to producing a document that should be much more usable for Councils. Recent versions of the... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 28 Feb 2022 23:12 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: JPAG, audit, proper practices

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