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This code is prepared under International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), which have been adopted as the basis for public sector accounting in the UK. The 2020/21 Code has been developed by CIPFA/LASAAC and has effect for financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2021.
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This is the hard copy of the Code. It is also available as an online, digital version, a searchable HTML and bookmarked, downloadable PDF of the publication that can be shared throughout your organisation.
Local authorities in the UK are required to keep their accounts in accordance with 'proper (accounting) practices'. Public sector organisations responsible for locally delivered services are required by legislation to comply with the terms of the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (the Code). This 2021/22 edition of the Code has been developed by CIPFA/LASAAC and has effect for financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2021.
The Code specifies the principles and practices of accounting required to prepare financial statements which give a true and fair view of the financial position and transactions of a local authority. The Code applies to local government organisations across the UK including local authorities, police bodies, fire services and other local public service bodies.
This edition of the Code introduces a number of important amendments relating both to context and an understanding of requirements. Changes include:
Importantly, the Code includes an appendix on the future implementation of the IFRS 16 Leases standard which has been deferred for a further year. The appendix sets out the anticipated provisions in the 2022/23 Code and it will allow local authority accounts preparers to make effective preparations for the implementation of the standard in the 2022/23 financial year. Note that early adoption of IFRS 16 is not permitted, with the exception of Transport for London.
Details of licensing arrangements for other categories of purchaser, which includes those organisations operating shared service arrangements, are available from CIPFA's Publications Department.
Publications and resources
Code Of Practice On Local Authority Accounting In The United Kingdom: Guidance Notes For 2021/22 Accounts
Code Of Practice On Local Authority Accounting In The United Kingdom: Guidance Notes For 2021/22 Accounts (book)