FRC Consults on Priorities and Funding for 2012/13

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Print Email

The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has published its draft priorities and funding proposals for 2012/13 in advance of its Annual Open Meeting which will be held on Tuesday, 20 March 2012.

The FRC proposes to focus on the following objectives:

- Making sure that the UK’s approach to corporate governance and reporting in terms of its codes and standards and oversight work is properly understood and appreciated in the EU and internationally. Working with the Department for Business, the FRC will in particular press for the policies of the EU on governance and audit to serve the interests of investors.

- Building on the Stewardship Code to strengthen further the quality of investor engagement, and implementing changes to the wording of the Corporate Governance Code to reflect decisions on matters such as diversity that have already been announced.

- Making sure that UK codes and standards remain fit for purpose in all areas and that planned changes are introduced at the right time. The FRC will aim to introduce a new UK accounting framework (UK GAAP) after the completion of final consultations, with a view to it coming into effect in 2015.

- Reinforcing the effectiveness of its monitoring, oversight and disciplinary work, ensuring it is responsive to emerging risks, joined up, transparent and proportionate. The FRC will review further the scope of its work and seek to enhance the speed and effectiveness of its disciplinary work, including by reviewing sanctions.

The FRC will finalise its 2012/13 Plan and Levy Proposals at the end of April 2012, taking account the responses to its consultation paper. Responses are requested by Friday, 13 April 2012.

This follows consultation on proposals to reform the structure and powers of the FRC which closed on 10 January 2012. The finalised Plan for 2012/13 will reflect the outcome of the consultation.

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