Leicestershire & Rutland
Association of Local Councils

Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Jubilee Hall

Chief Executive: Jake Atkinson
Jubilee Hall, Stadon Road
Anstey, Leicester LE7 7AY

Tel: 0116 235 3800

Tags: Finance & Audit

NEW COURSE - Local Council Planning for the Medium Term

This course is designed for parish and town councillors and clerks from councils that are interested in maximising the opportunities presented by the 3 year moratorium on "capping".

Many councils are not considering the opportunity for medium term planning provided by the government's announcement that it does not intend to apply the referendum principles (known colloquially as "capping") to parish... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 21 Sep 2018 11:37 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Financial, Finance & Audit, Funding

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

PKF Littlejohn - External Audit briefing - presentation

It was great to see so many of you at PKF Littlejohn's External Audit briefing last week. We have now received a copy of the power point slides for you to access to review the course content.

You will recall that Senior Audit Manager Rebecca Plane promised to provide an update on whether Sections 1 and 2 of the AGAR Part 3 (for those authorities subject to a limited assurance review) could be submitted... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 06 Mar 2018 13:36 by admin

Tags: Finance & Audit

PKF Littlejohn - FREE external audit briefing

Just a reminder about PKF Littlejohn's free external audit briefing on 26th February 2018, 11.30am - 1.00pm, at Elizabeth Park Sports and Community Centre, Thurmaston. Please see here for booking details: https://www.leicestershireandrutlandalc.gov.uk/pkf-littlejohn---external-audit.html.

If you are unable to attend this you can still access a recorded version of PKF Littlejohn's recent webinar (along with slides and FAQs) here: https://www.pkf-littlejohn.com/services-limited-assurance-regime-useful-documents-and-links... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 08 Feb 2018 09:06 by admin

Tags: Finance & Audit

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: LRALC, Financial, Finance & Audit, audit

New guide to elector's rights to challenge parish council accounts at audit time

As a local resident people have legal rights to inspect, ask questions about and challenge items in your council's accounts.

The National Audit Office has recently published this new guide on these rights, which are enshrined in law.

Click here for the guide.

Posted: Tue, 09 May 2017 14:06 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Guidance, Finance & Audit

Parish Councils and Grant Giving

Unfortunately from time to time a case arises nationally where it is clear that a Parish Council has given a grant to an external body with "no strings attached", i.e. no form of written agreement or conditions specified, even in terms of simple reporting back by the beneficiary of the grant. Virtually every other source of grant funding nationally and locally comes in the form of a contractual agreement,... Read More »

Posted: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:03 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LRALC, Nalc, grants, Finance & Audit

New Governance and Accountability guide published

Finally the Joint Practitioners Advisory Group (JPAG) has published the new Governance and Accountability Guide. At their February meeting JPAG approved some modest amendments to the wording of the guide and while the content is not greatly changed a minor error affecting parish meetings has been corrected and some of the explanations in Part 5 have been made clearer.

This new 2017 edition of the guide... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:35 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: Guidance, Nalc, Finance & Audit, jpag