Local Authority Capital Leasing Practitioner Workshop


Event summary

This FAN capital workshop series will explore the anticipated impact the new leases accounting standard IFRS 16 will have on bodies accounting under the Local Authority Accounting Code. It will review the main changes to lease accounting, explore the complex application issues raised through consultation, and discuss key considerations and actions to help authorities meet the Code’s requirements and successfully implement the changes.


23 September 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 16:00


160 Dundee Street
EH11 1DQ
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Standard price

£245.00 excl VAT

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About this event

Who should attend?

The series is designed for local authority accountants looking to advance their understanding of the changes to the Accounting Code in respect of accounting for leases, the likely impact of IFRS 16 for their authority, and how best to prepare for a successful implementation.

What will I benefit from attending this event?

The training will provide attendees with:

  • Greater awareness of the changes to the Accounting Code in respect of leases and the practical considerations required for a successful implementation
  • Improved assurance and peace of mind on understanding how IFRS 16 will impact at their authority and how to evidence the accounting approach and key judgement's to satisfy audit expectations
  • An excellent opportunity to network with CIPFA Advisors and peers on the practical accounting issues arising from changes to lease accounting

Is there a programme?

The programme for the day is as follows:

09.30 – 10.00 Arrival and Registration

10.00 – 10.25 IFRS 16 Leases – Background and overview

The workshop will start with an overview of existing lease accounting and the drivers behind the development of IFRS 16, summarising the main headline changes in the new standard and the anticipated impact for local authority financial statements.

10.25 – 12.45 Implications for the Accounting Code of Practice for Local Authorities

This session will review the key consultation areas of IFRS 16 and explore in more detail how the standard is likely to be applied in practice. Topics to be covered include the identification of leases, recognition and measurement of ‘right of use’ assets and lease liabilities, exemptions to the standard, sub-leases and proposed transitional arrangements.

A refreshment break will be taken at a suitable interval in this session

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.45 IFRS 16 complexities and anticipated accounting and presentation requirements

Continuing the review of accounting under IFRS 16, this session will explore some of the more complex issues that had been identified and considered through the Code consultation process. Areas to be covered include sale and lease back arrangements, concessionary and nil consideration leases, lease modifications, and the impact of IFRS 16 on the future measurement of Service Concession Arrangement liabilities. The session will also consider the presentational impact of the standard in the accounts.

14.45 – 15.00 Refreshment break

15.00 – 15.55 Preparing for IFRS 16 – Practical issues and considerations

The final session of the day will explore practical considerations and key actions and approaches authorities can take in their effective preparations for IFRS 16, including the initial and ongoing information and systems requirements, key areas of professional judgements and evidence, and auditor liaison.

15.55 – 16.00 Summary and Close

Facilitators across this series of events will be CIPFA or associates.  This series of events is eligible for CPD under CIPFA’s CPD scheme

Please be aware that we do not provide hardcopy course materials to delegates on the day of the event.

We reserve the right to alter the timing or content of sessions where circumstances require.


  • Accounting
  • / Capital finance
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / IFRS
  • / Local government
  • / Police
  • / Professional development

Speaker - Gareth Davies, Technical Manager, CIPFA

Gareth Davies

Having gained 17 years of experience working in Scottish local government, Gareth joined CIPFA in 2008. His role in CIPFA’s Edinburgh office includes supporting members and associated organisations with technical advice and guidance; provision of Scottish Finance Advisory Network events and support to subscribing organisations; secretariat services to LASAAC relating to Scottish local government accounting requirements; participation in the NHS Technical Accounting Group; delivery of public and in-house training events; and additional consultancy and project work as required.

Gareth’s objective is to help his fellow finance practitioners address the practical challenges they face in meeting their professional responsibilities.
E: gareth.davies@cipfa.org, T: 0131 221 8644, M: 0782 694 7719.