ABOUT

The Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) is responsible for issuing proper practices about the governance and accounts of smaller authorities. Its membership consists of sector representatives from the National Association of Local Councils, the Society of Local Council Clerks and the Association of Drainage Authorities. Together with stakeholder partners representing the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, the National Audit Office, and a representative of the external audit firms appointed to smaller authorities. NALC provides the secretariat to the JPAG.


JPAG MEMBERS

JPAG’s members are as follows:

  • Phil Camamile, Water Management Alliance (independent chair)
  • Derek Kemp, National Association of Local Councils (vice-chair)
  • Crispin Taylor, Society of Local Council Clerks
  • Karen Daft, Association of Drainage Authorities
  • Matthew Hemsley, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Paul Lambert, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Laura Deery, Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • Andrew Kendrick, National Audit Office
  • Rebecca Plane and Jane Sheridan, Smaller Authorities’ Auditors Group
  • Mike Attenborough-Cox, Smaller Authorities’ Audit Appointments Ltd (independent member)

PRACTITIONERS' GUIDE 2021

This 2021 edition of the guide applies to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns in respect of financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2021. As there are no changes to the guidance, simply clarification of proper practices, it can be applied to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns covering the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Read the Practitioners' Guide 2021

See Practitioners' Guide changes for 2021

Combinations of public sector bodies

Accounting for COVID-19 related matters in the AGAR for 2020/21


UPCOMING MEETINGS

  • 8 June 2021
  • 12 October 2021
  • 3 February 2022
  • 9 June 2022
  • 13 October 2022

PRACTITIONERS' GUIDE 2020

The Practitioners’ Guide is issued by the Joint Panel on Accountability and Governance (JPAG) to support the preparation by smaller authorities in England of statutory annual accounting and governance statements found in the Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR).

This 2020 edition of the guide applies to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns in respect of financial years commencing on or after 1 April 2020. As there are no changes to the guidance, simply clarification of proper practices, it can be applied to Annual Governance and Accountability Returns covering the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.

Read the Practitioners' Guide 2020

See Practitioners' Guide changes for 2020

Letter from JPAG to practitioners'

AGAR 2019/20 step-by-step guide for other authorities (revised April 2020)

AGAR 2019/20 flowchart for other authorities (revised April 2020)

AGAR 2019/20 step-by-step guide for parish meetings (revised April 2020)

AGAR 2019/20 flowchart for parish meetings (revised April 2020)


CONTACT

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