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CIPFA LASAAC Local Authority Code Board

This board is responsible for preparing, maintaining, developing and issuing the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting for the United Kingdom

From 2010/11 onwards, the code has been based on International Financial Reporting Standards.

The board is a partnership between CIPFA (England, Northern Ireland and Wales) and the Local Authority (Scotland) Accounts Advisory Committee (LASAAC).

Contact cipfalasaac@cipfa.org with any queries about CIPFA/LASAAC.

Find out more by reading the CIPFA/LASAAC terms of reference, the relevant authority memorandum of understanding (terms of reference) and the pages listed below:

What's going on?

Your code board needs you! Help develop local authority accounting

CIPFA/LASAAC plays a key role in local authority accounting and is responsible for the development of the code of practice on local authority accounting in the UK. The board currently has a vacancy for an English local authority practitioner, and CIPFA/LASAAC would ideally like that practitioner to be from a metropolitan borough.

The terms of reference for the board are available here. Prior to the pandemic crisis CIPFA/LASAAC had face to face meetings three times a year, alternating between London and Edinburgh. Since early 2020, these meetings have been conducted remotely, and these arrangements are likely to continue for some time.

In addition to attending meetings, CIPFA/LASAAC members need to review papers circulated between meetings including sections of the draft code. Members may also be asked to support events designed to promote the work of CIPFA/LASAAC in their area.

If you are interested in this opportunity to shape the development of the Code, please email the CIPFA/LASAAC Secretary steven.cain@cipfa.org by 18 June 2021.

The Value of Local Authority Accounts and Audit

The article written by Sarah Sheen, CIPFA Technical Manager on the value of authority accounts and audit which was featured in Public Finance on 22nd March 2021 can be found here.

Impact of the Pandemic on Local Authority Financial Reporting

CIPFA issued an informal survey from December 2020 to end January 2021 to seek local authorities views about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local authority financial reporting both in 2019/20 and 2020/21. Please find a copy of the survey here. The article featured in Public Finance on the value of authority accounts.

CIPFA LASAAC Statement on the Deferral of the Adoption of IFRS 16 Leases to 1 April 2022

The CIPFA LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board has agreed to defer the implementation of IFRS 16 Leases in the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (the code) until the 2022/23 financial year. This aligns with the decision at the Government's Financial Reporting Advisory Board to establish a new effective date of 1 April 2022 for the implementation of IFRS 16.

CIPFA LASAAC has taken this decision in response to pressures on council finance teams as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. CIPFA LASAAC would note that this decision was not taken lightly, and it is not intended in any way to reflect its views on the usefulness of financial information generated by the standard.

CIPFA LASAAC would note that this further deferral is limited to one year only and it will not be granting any further extensions based on lack of preparedness. CIPFA LASAAC would encourage finance teams to continue their preparations for implementation and to look to the adoption of this standard in the 2022/23 financial year.

Deferral of IFRS 16 Leases

At its meeting on Friday 27 March CIPFA/LASAAC also agreed to defer the implementation of IFRS 16 Leases to the 2021/22 financial year, with an effective date of 1 April 2021. This decision aligns with the proposals across the public sector, but will need to be agreed by the government's Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

Update to the 2018/19 code: IFRS 9 Financial Instruments: prepayment features with negative compensation and other augmentations

CIPFA/LASAAC has issued an update to the 2018/19 Code of Practice to provide transitional provisions for changes in accounting practices or treatment for modifications of exchanges of financial liabilities that do not result in derecognition which arise as a result of clarifications in IFRS 9 Financial Instruments: Prepayment Features with Negative Compensation (IASB October 2017) and minor augmentations to the provisions relating to exchanges between an existing borrower and lender.

The Update to the 2018/19 code must be read in conjunction with the 2018/19 code published by CIPFA in April 2018. The Update includes tracked changes to appropriate extracts of the 2018/19 code with both new and amended paragraphs required to form the revised 2018/19 code. The Update has been made available to purchasers of the 2018/19 code.

Important statement: implementation of IFRS 16 to be deferred until 1 April 2020

CIPFA/LASAAC has issued the following statement following decisions taken at the meeting of the government's Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) on 22 November 2018: Statement from the CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Accounting Code Board: Implementation of IFRS 16 Leases (PDF, 225KB)

See also the code development feedback statement which indicates key IFRS 16 Leases implementation decisions by CIPFA/LASAAC arising from consultation responses and stakeholder feedback.

CIPFA/LASAAC clarification statement on contracts with LOBO clauses

CIPFA/LASAAC has issued the following statement on 15 May 2018: Clarification statement on contracts with LOBO clauses (PDF, 402KB)

Statement from CIPFA/LASAAC on the adoption of IFRS 9

CIPFA/LASAAC has issued the following statement on 13 November 2017: CIPFA/LASAAC Statement on the Adoption of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (PDF, 66.8KB)

Important statement from CIPFA/LASAAC on the measurement of the highways network asset

CIPFA/LASAAC has issued the following important statement on 10 March 2017: Statement from CIPFA/LASAAC Local Authority Code Board on the Measurement of the Highways Network Asset (PDF, 212KB)

Accounting for Local Authority Maintained Schools (England and Wales)

An informal commentary and clarification on the relationship between schools as entities and the recognition of non-current assets used by schools is provided. It indicates the basis for the existing code treatment for local authority maintained schools in the code, including a note on the work of the public sector accounting for schools working group.

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