We are considering opting in to PSAA’s appointing person scheme but are mindful of the imminent Local Government Reorganisation (LGR) and the impact if the structure of our council changes.

When an authority ceases to exist they are automatically removed from our scheme, therefore any decision to opt-in would no longer stand. Given the potential uncertainty of LGR, a decision to opt in could provide a helpful safety net. If an authority decides not to accept the opt-in invitation before the closing date (11 March 2022) then it would have to wait until after April 2023 before it could opt in and therefore may need to seek to make local arrangements for appointing auditors. Even if a new structure for an area is confirmed it may be wise to consider opting in to our scheme anyway just in case there are delays with the implementation of LGR.