How does an eligible body become an opted-in body and does it require a Full Council decision?

A decision to become an opted-in body must be taken in accordance with the Regulations that is by the members of an authority meeting as a whole, except where the authority is a corporation sole, such as a police and crime commissioner, in which case this decision can be taken by the holder of that office.

The requirement for the Full Council of an authority to make the decision to opt into the PSAA (appointing person) scheme is set out in section 19 of the Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015. It is not a matter that is under PSAA’s control.

The opportunity for existing eligible bodies to become an opted-in authority for the appointing period 2023/24 to 2027/28, closed on 11 March 2022. General details about the process for the first two appointing periods can be found at appointing period 2018/19 – 2022/23 or appointing period 2023/24 – 2027/28.