Industrial Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1992 (as amended) FORM AR(NI)27 - ANNUAL RETURN FOR AN EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION
Name of Association:
Financial Year End:
Head or Main Office:
Has the address changed during the year to which the return relates?
(Tick as appropriate)
Telephone Number and e-mail address:
Contact name for queries regarding the completion of this return:
Telephone Number and e-mail address:
Every employers’ association having its head or main office outside Northern Ireland has a statutory obligation to provide the Certification Officer with names and addresses of one or more persons resident in Northern Ireland authorised to accept on its behalf service of process and any notices required to be served on it. The Certification Officer has no authority to waive this provision.
NAME OF AUTHORISED PERSON:
NORTHERN IRELAND ADDRESS:
The address to which enquiries, returns and other documents should be sent is: Northern Ireland Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers’ Associations
EVERY EMPLOYERS’ ASSOCIATION WITH MEMBERS IN NORTHERN IRELAND IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO COMPLETE THIS RETURN. THE REFUSAL OR WILFUL NEGLECT TO PERFORM THIS DUTY IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE. GUIDANCE ON COMPLETION
1. Unless the Certification Officer has authorised the association to make its annual return to another date, this return must be made to 31 December and sent to the Certification Officer as soon as possible, and in any event before 1 June.
2. The information must give a true and fair view of the matters to which the return relates. Accounts and balance sheet of an association working through branches should include the transactions, assets and liabilities of all the branches, negative values must be shown in brackets. The left hand columns of pages 4 and 6 may be used for the previous year’s figures. Completion of these is voluntary.
3. There should, if not otherwise shown, be stated by way of note every material respect in which items shown in the return are affected; by transactions of an exceptional or non-recurrent nature; or by any change in the basis of accounting.
4. Accounting policies dealing with items judged material or critical in determining the surplus or deficit for the year and in stating the financial position must be made on page 10.
5. Where the space in an account or analysis is insufficient a separate sheet may be attached to the appropriate page. The return must be signed by two officers (Page 12). A person cannot sign in more than one capacity.
6. A COPY OF THE RULES IN FORCE AT THE END OF THE YEAR TO WHICH THIS RETURN RELATES MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THIS FORM EVEN IF THE RULES HAVE NOT YET BEEN ALTERED SINCE THE PREVIOUS RULE BOOK WAS SUBMITTED. THIS IS A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT WHICH THE CERTIFICATION OFFICER HAS NO AUTHORITY TO WAIVE.
“Remuneration of Staff” – includes salaries and wages, holiday/redundancy pay, national insurance, ordinary, graduated, and superannuation contributions, and related staff expenses.
“Occupancy Costs” – includes rents, rates, insurance, gas, electricity, water, fuel, general repairs and renewals, and other maintenance items.
Any material amount (a) set aside for provisions other than for depreciation, renewals or diminution in value of assets; or (b) which had been set aside for such provisions, but no longer required, must be shown separately.
Any amount charged to revenue for renewal of fixed assets must be shown separately, whether or not any amount is also charged to provide for depreciation or diminution of those assets. If depreciation or replacement of fixed assets is by a method other than a depreciation charge, or provision for renewals, the method, or if no provision is made, should be stated by way of note if not otherwise shown.
Interest, Dividends and any other income, including Capital Gains on the sale of investments should be shown gross, and the relevant tax included in “Taxation” (page 4). The basis of the Taxation charge should be shown as a note to the accounts.
Other Fund Accounts
If separate funds are maintained for particular benefits or objects of the association, the accounts (page 5) should be completed for those funds, and the appropriate income and expenditure excluded from the Revenue Account.
The following, if material, should be shown as a note, if not otherwise indicated:
Particulars of any monies owing by the association for loans/overdrafts which are secured on the assets of the association;
The general nature of any contingent liability not provided for and the estimated amount of the contingent liability;
capital expenditure, contracts, so far as not provided for, and
capital expenditure authorised by the governing body of the association which has not been contracted for;
If the amounts at which any fixed assets are shown are arrived at by reference to a valuation;
the years (so far as they are known to the governing body of the association) in which the assets were severally valued and the several values, and
where assets have been valued during the financial year, the names of the persons who valued them – their qualifications for doing so – and the bases of valuation used by them.
Fixed Assets Account
Under “Cost or Valuation” enter the cost of acquisition or, the amount of the valuation. If for any asset the figures relating to the period before the end of the financial year covered by the return cannot be readily obtained the Certification Officer must be notified separately in writing.
Associations incorporated under the Companies Orders
If the period covered is the same, with no significant diminution in the degree of disclosure required by this return an association incorporated under Company law may submit a copy of its accounts prepared under the Companies Orders in lieu of completing pages 4 to 9. As the Companies Orders return information sought in this return the additional information must be provided. Pages 1, 10 and 11 must always be completed. A nil return should be shown if appropriate.
An employers’ association shall appoint an auditor or auditors to audit the accounts in the annual return. A person is qualified to be the auditor if he is eligible for appointment under Article 28 of the Companies (NI) Order 1990.
Two or more persons who are not so qualified may act as auditors of an employers’ association if:–
The receipts and payments in respect of the association’s last preceding accounting period did not in the aggregate exceed £5,000,
The number of its members at the end of that period did not exceed 500,
The value of its assets at the end of that period did not in the aggregate exceed £5,000, and
They are not officers or employees of the association.
RETURN OF MEMBERS
NUMBER OF MEMBERS AT THE END OF THE YEAR
Elsewhere Abroad (including Channel Islands)
RETURN OF CHANGE OF OFFICERS Please complete the following to record any changes of officers during the twelve months covered by this return and attach as an annex to this form a complete list of all officers in post at the end of the year to which this form relates.
*Market value of investments to be stated where they are different from the figures quoted on the balance sheet.
NOTES TO THE ACCOUNTS All notes to the accounts must be entered on or attached to this part of the return.
(see Note 4)
(see Note 16) [A person is qualified to be an auditor of an employers’ association if he is eligible for appointment as a company auditor under Article 28 of the Companies (NI) Order 1990
AUDITOR’S REPORT continued
The Auditors’ Report is made in accordance with Articles 18 to 21 of Schedule 1 of the Industrial Relations (NI) Order 1992:
Profession(s) or Calling(s):
Contact name and telephone number:
Signatures to the annual return including the accounts and balance sheet contained in the return by the officers of the Association. (The law requires that two officers sign the return – a person should not sign in more than one capacity.)
Treasurer (or other official whose position should be stated) Date:
N.B. When notes to the accounts are referred to in the auditor’s report a copy of those notes must accompany this return.
All funds except
Other Income (including increases by revaluation of assets)
(including decreases by revaluation of assets)
Funds at beginning of year
Funds at end of year
NET ASSETS (Total Assets less Total Liabilities)
GUIDANCE ON COMPLETETION OF SUMMARY SHEET The summary sheet is intended to assist in providing a simplified overview of the financial position of the organisation. It will primarily be used as the source for the information in the Certification Officer’s annual report, and as a source for comparative year-on-year analysis. It does not replace any information required in the annual return which must be completed in full.
The figures in the summary report must agree with the figures presented elsewhere in the annual return.
In order for the figures on the summary sheet to balance the following must be correct.
Funds at beginning of year + Total income – Total expenditure = Funds at end of year
Total Assets – Total Liabilities = Net Assets
Funds at end of year = Net Assets
The “Total Income” figure for each set of funds must be the sum of the sources of income set out on the Summary Sheet.
The “Other Income” heading should be used to account for income received from sources other than members and investments, including recognised gains. Recognised gains include revaluation of assets and other changes in the value of assets which are not offset by and equal change in liabilities.
“All Accounts/Funds Other Than Political Funds” must include the Revenue/General Fund on page 4 and any other funds referred to on page 5 or any pages supplementary to them. The figures entered in this column must match those on pages 4 and 5.
“Funds at Beginning of Year” will be the sum of those funds reported in the previous return to this Office, plus or minus any adjustments made subsequently. For associations for which this is the first return, this figure will be the sum of those funds held by the association at the beginning of the period covered by this return.
The “Funds at End of Year” figure must be the sum of “Total Income” and “Funds at Beginning of Year” less “Total Expenditure”.
The “Total Assets” figure must be the total of: “Fixed Assets” and “Other Assets” (the figures entered above it).
“Liabilities” must be the total of “Total Assets” less “Funds at End of Year”.