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HM Treasury issues new financial reporting manual (FReM)


HM Treasury has issued a revised version of the government financial reporting manual (FReM) applicable for accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2015.

The Government Financial Reporting Manual (FReM) is the technical accounting guide to the preparation of financial statements. It complements guidance on the handling of public funds published separately by the relevant authorities in England and Wales (HM Treasury and the Welsh Assembly Government respectively), Scotland (the Scottish Government) and Northern Ireland (the Executive Committee of the Northern Ireland Assembly). The FReM is prepared following consultation with the Financial Reporting Advisory Board (FRAB) and is issued by the relevant authorities.

The FReM applies to “all entities, and to funds, flows of income and expenditure and any other accounts that are prepared on an accruals basis and consolidated within Whole of Government Accounts (with the exception of the accounts of any reportable activities that are not covered by an Accounts Direction)”. It does not apply to Local Government, those Public Corporations that are not Trading Funds, and NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts.