Hi, I have recently started to look into this in my local authority, its early days for me but I have started to read up information on changes in standard from various sites (my personal preference on leases were articles by PWC and Deloitte, they have stated example scenarios which I found better to understand)
One of the main changes is the new standard removes the previous lease classifications of operating and finance leases for lessees and it requires that a right-of-use asset be recognised for all leases (there are exemptions for short-term and low value leases), the standard requires councils as lessees to recognise assets and liabilities for all operating leases of more than a year on their balance sheet.
In addition to reading I have started to liaise with the service departments to collect the lease data at this stage. I will be reviewing the operating leases (Council as lessee) to check which operating leases will now under new standard qualify as finance leases, key points to consider are term of lease, is it greater than 12 months? and the value (eg over £3000), if the answer is yes than this needs to be recognised as finance lease on the balance sheet.
The accounting by lessors (Council as Lessor) remains unchanged with the exception of the classification of sub-leases and sale and leaseback arrangements.
Hope this helps...
I created my own simple template requesting for information from the services, attached this to initial email I sent out copying all services.
Once services started to respond, in some cases I had to request for lease contract where services were unsure about the information to provide or in some cases to check the contract for initial payment or payment in advance.
Some services have provided me with spreadsheet, as they felt it too much work for them to list down the leases on template, I had to filter though to extract the information.