Tuesday 12 March 2019

UK: replacing the FRC with the new Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority

The Government, through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has published a consultation paper in respect of the recommendations made by the Kingman Review of the Financial Reporting Council: see here (pdf).

The Government has, amongst other things, accepted the Review's recommendation that the FRC should be replaced by a new regulator to be called the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority. The new Authority's powers, purpose and objectives will be contained in legislation and complemented by a remit letter from the Government. Ahead of the new Authority's creation through legislation, the paper explains that the FRC has voluntarily agreed to become bound by a remit letter from the Government and that such a letter has been issued.

Whilst primary legislation will also be required in respect of the new Authority's board, the Government has decided to make some changes to the current board of the FRC, including the appointment of a new chair and deputy chair; those appointed will, in due course, hold these positions with the new Authority.

The Government also states that it will work with the FRC as part of the current consultation on updating the UK Stewardship Code to ensure that the revised Code addresses the concerns raised in the Kingman Review. According to the Government, the UK Stewardship Code must be "demonstrably improved".

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