The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has set out its progress towards establishing the Audit, Reporting and Governance Authority (ARGA) in its three-year plan.

The plan considers how and when the FRC will need to increase it’s capacity to adapt to new powers and responsibilities. It comprises a detailed breakdown of the FRC’s intended expenditure for 2022-23, alongside a summary of expected costs and headcount for the following two years.

To support the plan, the FRC’s objectives are to:

  • Set high standards in corporate governance and stewardship, corporate reporting, auditing and actuarial work, and assess the effectiveness of the application of those standards, enforcing them proportionately where it is in the public interest.
  • Promote improvements and innovation in the areas for which we are responsible, exploring good practice with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Influence international standards and share best practice through membership of a range of global and regional bodies and incorporate appropriate standards into the UK regulatory framework
  • Promote a more resilient audit market through greater competition and choice.
  • Transform the organisation into a new robust, independent, and high-performing regulator, acting in the public interest.

FRC CEO Jon Thompson said: “In the three years since Sir John Kingman’s review of the FRC, we have made significant progress implementing those recommendations within our power to ensure better outcomes for stakeholders who rely on high quality audit, reporting and corporate governance. As we continue to lay the groundwork for ARGA it is pleasing to see the continued level of support from our stakeholders for the FRC’s current plan.”