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FRAB minutes for April and June 2019 meetings released

28 Oct 2019

The minutes of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board’s (FRAB’s) meeting of 4 April 2019 and 13 June 2019 have been made available on the HM Treasury website

The role of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) is “to ensure that government financial reporting meets the best possible standards of financial reporting by following Generally Accepted Accounting Practice (GAAP) as far as possible”. The FRAB includes representatives from the accountancy profession in the private and public sectors, academia and government bodies. The board meets regularly to consider proposed changes to policy and practice.

Key topics discussed during the April meeting included updates on:

  • The IFRS 16 Leases implementation project.  Topics discussed were subsequent measurement of the right-of-use asset and the methodology that would be applied to discounting lease liabilities.
  • The government financial reporting review.
  • The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and the Local Authority (Scotland) Accounts Advisory Committee (LASAAC) local authority code development.
  • The IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts implementation project with a summary of the first IFRS 17 technical working group meeting.
  • The FRAB 2018-19 annual report.

Key topics discussed during the June meeting included updates on:

  • The FRAB 2018-19 annual report.  The Board approved the FRAB report with a few suggestions.
  • The publishing of the 2017-18 Whole of Government Accounts.
  • The development of the 2020-21 CIPFA/LASAAC Code.
  • The forthcoming guidance on IFRS 16 and an update on IFRS 17
  • The recent work of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB)
  • Brexit and the disclosures that departments should be making in annual reports and accounts
  • The steps arising from the Government Financial Reporting Review including thematic reviews of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers.

The minutes and other supporting documents for the April meeting are available on HM Treasury website here.  The minutes and other supporting documents for the June meeting are available on HM Treasury website here.

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FRC publishes ‘Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession'

28 Oct 2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published the seventeenth edition of its annual ‘Key Facts and Trends in the Accountancy Profession’ publication.

The publication provides key data on the accounting profession, its member bodies and practising firms. The publication illustrates the size and shape of the accounting profession and shows how it has evolved over the years. It brings to together information about the major audit firms and seven accounting bodies including both those who offer audit qualifications and those who register and supervise audit firms.

The publication includes:

  • information related to membership, students, income, costs and staffing of the seven accountancy bodies;
  • information related to the supervision of statutory auditors;
  • information on the registered audit firms with public interest entity clients and;
  • a greater focus on the profession's track record on diversity and inclusion.

A press release and the full publication are available on the FRC website.

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Updated IASB work plan — Analysis (October 2019)

25 Oct 2019

Following the IASB's October 2019 meeting, we have analysed the IASB work plan to see what changes have resulted from the meeting and other developments since the work plan was last revised.

Below is an analysis of all changes that were made to the work plan since our last analysis on 1 October 2019.

Stan­dard-set­ting projects

  • Primary Financial Statements — Exposure draft is expected in December 2019 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).

Main­te­nance projects

  • 2019 Comprehensive Review of the IFRS for SMEs Standard — the request for information is now expected in the first quarter of 2020 (previously fourth quarter of 2019)
  • Accounting Policies and Accounting Estimates — dis­cus­sions on the project direction happened in October 2019 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).
  • Onerous Contracts — Cost of Fulfilling a Contract (Amendments to IAS 37) — An IFRS amendment is expect in the first half of 2020.

Research projects

  • Dynamic Risk Management — core model will occur in December 2019 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).
  • Financial Instruments With Characteristics of Equity — decision on the project’s direction will occur in the first quarter of 2020 (pre­vi­ously fourth quarter of 2019).
  • Pensions Benefits That Depend on Asset Returns — Research review is expected in December 2019 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).
  • Post-Implementation Review of IFRS 10, IFRS 11 and IFRS 12 — This project is now under research (previously listed under maintenance projects).
  • Provisions — Research review is expected in January 2020 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).
  • Subsidiaries That Are SMEs — Research review is expected in January 2020 (previously fourth quarter of 2019).

Other projects

  • IFRS Taxonomy Update — Interest Rate Benchmark Reform (Amend­ments to IFRS 9, IAS 39 and IFRS 7) —a proposed IFRS Taxonomy Update was issued in October 2019. Feedback update is expected in December 2019.

The above is a faithful com­par­i­son of the IASB work plan at 1 October 2019 and at 25 October 2019. For access to the current IASB work plan at any time, please click here.

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October 2019 IASB meeting notes posted

25 Oct 2019

The IASB met on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October 2019. We have posted our comprehensive Deloitte observer notes for all projects discussed during the meeting.

Implementation matters:

  • Onerous Contracts: For the planned amendments to IAS 37 the Board decided to replace the examples proposed in the ED with a clarification that the costs that relate directly to the contract consist of both the incremental costs of fulfilling that contract and an allocation of costs that relate directly to fulfilling that and other contracts.
  • PPE—Proceeds before intended use: The Board decided that the forthcoming amendments to IAS 16 will be effective for periods beginning on or after date 1 January 2022 and require retrospective application, but only for PPE made available for use on or after the beginning of the earliest period presented in the financial statements in which an entity applies the amendments. The amendments will prohibit the deduction of the proceeds from testing PPE, before it is capable of operating in the manner intended by management, from its cost.
  • Sale of a single asset entity containing real estate: The Interpretations Committee referred an issue involving the sale of an entity that has only one asset (real estate) and whether it should be in the scope of IFRS 10 or IFRS 15. The Board asked the staff to provide more analysis so that the Board can assess whether it should make a narrow scope amendment to IFRS 10 or IFRS 15.  

Business Combinations under Common Control: The Board decided that, when applying a predecessor approach for a business combination under common control: the acquirer should recognise and measure assets and liabilities at the carrying amounts included in the financial statements of the transferred entity (rather than at the amounts included in the consolidated financial statements of the common controller); and that the acquisition would be accounted for prospectively—i.e. the comparative information of the acquirer would not be adjusted.

Management Commentary: The Board decided that the revised Practice Statement state that the enhancing qualitative characteristics of comparability, verifiability, and understandability are relevant to management commentary along with guidance on how to apply those characteristics, but decided not to include timeliness as a qualitative characteristic. The Board also began its discussions of the business model. 

Accounting Policies and Estimates (amendments to IAS 8): The Board decided to finalise the proposed amendments to the definition of accounting estimates but not amend the definition of accounting policies.

SME Standard Review and Update: The Board decided that the RFI ask whether the IFRS for SMEs Standard should be updated to align the definitions of Section 15 with IFRS 11 by aligning the definitions of ‘control’ and ‘joint control’ (but not the recognition and measurement requirements) and retain three categories (i.e. jointly controlled operations, jointly controlled assets, jointly controlled entities).

Financial Instruments with Characteristics of Equity: The Board has decided to develop amendments to IAS 32 to address practice issues, clarify the underlying principles in IAS 32 and develop additional application guidance. The Board discussed the overall objectives of the project and the project timetable, which could lead to an Exposure Draft in 2021.

Dynamic Risk Management: The Board discussed the outreach plan, which focuses on assessing the viability and operability of the DRM model and whether it will reflect an entity’s risk management strategy. The outreach will focus exclusively on financial institutions and aim to provide feedback to the Board by June 2020.

Subsidiaries that are SMEs: The Board decided that when it tailors the disclosure requirements for subsidiaries that are SMEs if there is no recognition and measurement difference between full IFRS and IFRS for SMEs they will use the disclosures in IFRS for SMEs. If there is a recognition and measurement difference, they will consider the principles in BC157 of the IFRS for SMEs Standard and adapt the disclosures if supported by one of the principles.  

IBOR Reform and the Effects on Financial Reporting: The Board decided to amend IFRS 9 to clarify that an entity should apply the IBOR practical expedient first, by updating the effective interest rate based on the alternative benchmark rate, and then apply IFRS 9 current requirements (but not with an illustrative example). In the context of the IBOR reform, the Board concluded that the current requirements in IFRS 9 provide an adequate basis to determine if any other modifications to that financial instrument are substantial, and propose no other amendments to IFRS 9.

Amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts: The Board discussed an update on feedback from outreach.  

Please click to access the detailed notes taken by Deloitte observers for the entire meeting.

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FRC publishes a revised UK Stewardship Code

25 Oct 2019

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published a revised UK Stewardship Code (“the Code”).

The new Code sets higher expectations for investor stewardship policy and practice and focuses on how effective stewardship delivers sustainable value for beneficiaries, the economy and society

The Code is voluntary and sets an aspirational standard beyond minimum regulatory requirements in the UK. The Code now comprises 12 ‘apply and explain’ Principles for asset owners and asset managers, with reporting expectations relevant to their role. In addition, there are six, separate ‘apply and explain’ Principles for service providers with reporting expectations.

An organisation applying to become a signatory to the Code will need to provide a Stewardship Report that sets out how they have applied the Code Principles in the preceding 12 months. This must include reporting on the activities they have undertaken, and the outcomes achieved. For the organisation to be listed as a signatory on the FRC’s website, the Report will need to meet the reporting expectations set out in the new Code.

Key changes in the new Code include:

  • An extended focus that includes asset owners, such as pension funds and insurance companies, and service providers as well as asset managers. This is intended to help align the approach of the whole investment community in the interest of end-investors and beneficiaries.
  • A requirement to report annually on stewardship activity and its outcomes. Signatories’ reports will show what has actually been done in the previous year, and what the outcome was, including their engagement with the assets they invest in, their voting records and how they have protected and enhanced the value of their investments.
  • Signatories will be expected to take environmental, social and governance factors, including climate change, into account and to ensure their investment decisions are aligned with the needs of their clients.
  • Signatories are now expected to explain how they have exercised stewardship across asset classes beyond listed equity, such as fixed income, private equity and infrastructure, and in investments outside the UK.
  • Signatories are required to explain their organisation’s purpose, investment beliefs, strategy and culture and how these enable them to practice stewardship. They are also expected to show how they are demonstrating this commitment through appropriate governance, resourcing and staff incentives.

The 2020 Code takes effect for reporting years beginning on or after 1 January 2020.

Additionally the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a feedback statement to its joint discussion paper entitled ‘Building a regulatory framework for effective stewardship’.  The feedback statement is available on the FCA website

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Accountancy Europe recommends revising the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive

23 Oct 2019

Accountancy Europe has released a call to action recommending five steps to revise the Non-Financial Reporting Directive and strengthen non-financial reporting requirements in Europe.

Accountancy Europe recommends:

  • Expanding the scope of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive beyond large public listed entities;
  • Indicating a minimum set of mandatory reporting criteria;
  • Requiring companies to disclose their non-financial information in the annual management report;
  • Introducing minimum reporting criteria for forward-looking disclosures; and
  • Ensuring the reliability of reported information.

Please click to access the call to action on the Accountancy Europe website.

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Summary report on the roundtable on the future agenda and feedback statement on the agenda consultation of the European Lab

23 Oct 2019

As part of its consultation on the future agenda of the European Corporate Reporting Lab, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) held a roundtable on 10 September 2019.

The summary report reveals that of the three future project topics proposed (A) reporting of social matters and human rights; (B) reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities, and linkage to the business model; and (C) reporting on the materiality assessment process and outcomes for Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) matters), the audience ranked (B) the highest (77%), followed by (C) (58%) and (A) (subdivided into three subtopics supported by 7%-19%). Please click to access the full report on the EFRAG website.

In its October meeting, the European Lab Steering Group evaluated feedback from 51 constituents across 15 jurisdictions and decided that project (B) will be the next project on its agenda.

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FCA publishes feedback statement on climate change and green finance

22 Oct 2019

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published a Feedback Statement (FS 19/6) on climate change and green finance.

The Feedback Statement, which summarises the responses received to its Discussion Paper 18/8, sets out the FCA's planned next steps in the move towards a greener economy.

In particular, the statement confirms that the FCA plans to issue a consultation paper in 2020 which will propose new disclosure requirements for certain issuers aligned with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure's (TCFD’s) recommendations on a 'comply or explain' basis and clarify existing disclosure obligations relating to climate change risks. The FCA also plans to:

  • finalise proposed rule changes requiring Independent Governance Committees to oversee and report on firms’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) and stewardship policies by the end of 2019;
  • publish a feedback statement in response to a joint Discussion paper with the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) on Stewardship setting out actions to address the most significant barriers to effective stewardship; and
  • challenge firms on potential greenwashing, and take appropriate action to prevent consumers being misled.

The Feedback Statement is available on the FCA website.

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FRC Lab report discussing reporting on climate-related issues

22 Oct 2019

A new report from the Financial Reporting Lab of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) reveals that companies are falling short of investors’ expectations for clearer reporting on climate-related issues. It notes that while reporting on climate change is an evolving practice, investor expectations are changing rapidly.

The report highlights the gap between current reporting and investor expectations as economies increasingly transition towards low carbon and climate resilient futures and calls on companies to bridge this gap. It provides practical guidance about where companies can improve their reporting. The report also outlines what investors want to understand, questions companies should ask themselves, recommended disclosures, and a range of examples of the developing practice of climate-related reporting.

Please click to download the new report Climate-related corporate reporting – Where to next? from the FRC website.

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ESMA announces enforcement priorities for 2019 financial statements

22 Oct 2019

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has announced the priority issues that the assessment of listed companies' 2019 financial statements will focus on.

The common enforcement priorities related to 2019 IFRS financial statements include:

  • specific issues related to the application of IFRS 16 Leases;
  • follow-up of specific issues related to the application of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments for credit institutions and IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers for corporate issuers; and
  • specific issues related to application of IAS 12 Income Taxes (including application of IFRIC 23 Uncertainty over Income Tax Treatments).

ESMA also highlights potentially significant implications of transition from one interest rate benchmark rate to another on financial reporting and the importance of timely disclosure of its consequences.

In addition, this year’s priorities highlight the requirements to disclose non-financial information, with a focus on environmental matters, and specific aspects of ESMA’s Guidelines on Alternative Performance Measures. ESMA also highlights the importance of disclosures analysing the possible impacts of the decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union.

Additionally, the harmonised electronic format for issuers’ annual financial reporting (the European Single Electronic Format, ESEF) will apply to annual financial reports containing financial statements for financial years beginning on or after 1 January 2020. ESMA expects issuers to undertake all the necessary steps to ensure compliance with the new requirements on a timely basis.

ESMA and European national enforcers will monitor and supervise the application of the IFRS requirements outlined in the priorities, with national authorities incorporating them into their reviews and taking corrective actions where appropriate. ESMA will collect data on how European listed entities have applied the priorities and will publish its findings in a separate report.

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