The Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is currently consulting on Financial Reporting Exposure Draft 82 (FRED 82).
FRED 82 proposes a number of amendments to accounting requirements to reflect changes in International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The proposals include:
The FRC’s decision on whether to align FRS 102 with the expected credit loss model of financial asset impairment from IFRS 9 ‘Financial Instruments’ will be deferred to a further consultation.
Changes include a new definition of an asset. Compared to the existing definition of an asset in FRS102, this definition removes the direct link of benefits to cashflows or equivalents.
The FRC commented that “stakeholders sought additional guidance regarding the capitalisation of asset enhancements intended to provide climate or other ESG benefits. The amendments proposed to Section 2 introduce a new definition of an asset. This sets out examples of rights that have the potential to produce economic benefits, including a right to use a physical object. The FRC does not propose to make amendments to Section 17 at this time in relation to this issue.”
Registered providers should seek further clarity from the FRC on this.
The Housing SORP Working Party is also looking at how these changes to Section 2 and Section 17 impact ongoing discussions around building safety work such as capitalisation, provisions and impairment.
The proposal is for amendments to be effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2025. We encourage the sector to submit their responses to the consultation which closes on 30 April 2023.
Alongside this will be a re-write of the Housing SORP, with a consultation on the planned changes expected in 2024.