Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB)

The Financial Reporting Advisory Board promotes the highest possible standards in financial reporting by the government.

Role of the board

The role of the Financial Reporting Advisory Board, or 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 board was originally set up in 1996 following the publication of the July 1995 White Paper ‘Better Accounting for Taxpayer’s Money’ where the government announced its plan to establish the Financial Reporting Advisory Board.

It includes representatives from the accountancy profession in the private and public sectors, academia and government bodies.

In 2000 the Government Resources and Accounts Act set out that the Treasury shall consult a group of appropriate people to advise on financial reporting and standards. This role is fulfilled by FRAB, and put the existence of the board on to a more formal footing.

The board meets regularly to consider proposed changes to policy and practice. Where changes to the accounting guides are agreed, the Treasury is responsible for publishing them (The relevant document is the Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM).

Each year the board produces a report of their activities throughout the year. This report is laid before parliament.

Membership

Chairman

  • Ian Mackintosh

Independent/External members

  • Anthony Appleton, Financial Reporting Council
  • Andrew Buchanan, BDO
  • Richard Barker, Oxford University
  • Andrea Pryde, IFRS

Preparers/users

  • Iain King, Department for Education
  • Pam Beadman, Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs as NDPB representative
  • Ian Webber, Intellectual Property Office
  • Bob Richards, Office for National Statistics
  • Gareth Caller, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
  • Joseph McLachlan, CIPFA nominated local preparer

Auditor Members

  • David Aldous, National Audit Office
  • Fiona Kordiak, Audit Scotland
  • Karl Havers, Independent Auditor

Relevant Authorities

  • Ian Bulmer, HM Treasury
  • Chris Young, Department of Health and Social Care
  • Ian Ratcliffe, NHS Improvement
  • Joanne McBurney, Department of Finance, Northern Ireland Executive
  • Aileen Wright, Scottish Government
  • Gawain Evans, Welsh Government
  • Sarah Sheen, CIPFA

Parliamentary observers

  • Craig McKinlay MP, Parliamentary Observer
  • Larry Honeysett, Parliamentary Scrutiny Unit

Terms of reference

Minutes

News and publications

Press notices

Contact details

ian.bulmer@hmtreasury.gsi.gov.uk