We are a new body created after the opt-in period closed, can we join the scheme?

A newly established eligible body has the right to opt in by giving notice to PSAA.

An eligible body who was invited to join but declined only has the right to request to become an opted-in authority.

The notice must confirm the body’s decision to opt in, and must specify the body’s postal address. The body will become an opted-in authority for the remainder of the appointing period on the date the notice is received by PSAA.

New bodies which meet the definition of smaller authority (s6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014) in that the higher of the authority’s annual gross income and expenditure does not exceed £6.5m fall within the arrangements of the Smaller Authorities Audit Appointments Limited.