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Mercia Academy Packs v9

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Obtaining and installing the update


Click here and then select MERCIA: Academy Master Pack, read the instructions on the download page and save the file to disk and store it in a temporary directory on your hard drive, (assumed to be “C:\TEMP” in the following instructions). Next, follow the steps outlined below.


  1. Click on [Start] and then on Run...
  2. Enter C:\TEMP\, or select the file using the [Browse] button, and click on [OK].
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen, see below for installation options.

The above assumes that you downloaded the file to C:\TEMP, if you stored it elsewhere, enter the path you used in step 2 above. During the installation process you will be asked for a password, this is provided in the notification of the availability of the packs.

Installation options

The installation program will offer you our standard default directory called PROACC\AUDITV4 on Drive C. If you have installed ProSystem AA, or store your master formats elsewhere, you must change the directory to that which you used for the original installation. The master formats have been allocated the following codes:

MERACD09 Mercia Academy Audit Pack v9
  • If you have created your own master with these codes, installing these masters will overwrite it.
  • If you have done this, you should rename your master formats before proceeding, or contact us for advice on how you can rename our masters. 

Charge rate tables

The master packs contain charge rate tables that will need to be updated to reflect your firm’s level of hourly charges. The table may be imported from an existing pack, thereby removing the need for you to enter it manually. To do this, load Audit Automation, log in as the System Manager, and select the option to edit an existing master pack. Enter the code of the pack to be updated and click on [OK]. Select Risk model > Look up tables and then the Charge rate table tab. Finally, select [Import charge rates] and select the pack from which the table is to be imported.

Specialised charts of accounts and working papers

If you are importing from a third party accounting package, it is likely that you will either have changed the alpha codes in your master packs, or have imported a new chart of accounts and working papers from a chart update routine. If you have used a supplied routine, simply follow the original instructions to install the updated chart in each of the new master packs. If you have amended the alpha codes, you can copy the amended chart of accounts to the new masters by copying the files called CHART.DBF and CHART.MDX from an old master pack to the new ones now installed. If you require assistance to achieve this, contact the support line.

Changing master packs for an existing client

To link an existing client to a new pack, proceed as follows:

  • Select File > Edit control data > Control data from the menu bar.
  • Select the Master pack code edit box and either enter the code of the new pack or select it using the [Pick] button.
  • Click on [OK].

The system will ask you to confirm that you wish to change the master pack in use and then present a dialog with options. If you are changing from one version of a master pack to the next, e.g. MERACD08 to MERACD09, select the option to Merge the new master programmes with the current customised programmes, if you are changing to a different pack concept, e.g. MERCH15 to MERACD09, select the option to Clear the current customised programmes and Replace the working paper index so that you obtain the revised index from the new master.

Note: it is advised that users should not change master packs once planning has been signed off. Prior to planning sign off master packs can be updated but users should be aware of changes in the update that may have an effect on work already completed during the planning stage.

Always ensure that you have a current backup of the client’s data before changing master packs as this is a complicated process and if anything happens to interrupt the change, the client data may be corrupted.

Changes made to the master packs

Academies Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020

The Education & Skills Funding Agency issued its Accounts Direction 2019 to 2020 in June 2020. This Accounts Direction must be used by academy trusts preparing annual reports to 31 August 2020. We have updated the pro-forma accounts, accounts disclosure checklist and other relevant forms and guidance to reflect changes made to the 2020 reporting requirements. For full details of the contents of the packs and how they should be applied, please refer to the Mercia SAM – Academies Guidance Notes which are available for download from the Mercia download page.

Teachers’ Pensions End of Year Certificate reporting

Teachers’ Pensions have published Reporting Accountant Guidance TP05 for 2019/20 which contains information on reporting requirements pertaining to the Teachers’ Pensions End of Year Certificate (EOYC). Documentation and guidance for this engagement have been updated in the manual to reflect the updated requirements. The EOYC reporting engagement has a filing deadline of 30 September 2020.

A full list of changes is available from the download page under the specialist assignment manual for academies.

Master audit pack documentation

Copies of these manuals are included in the Guidance folders within the master packs and hence will always be available from the Help menu when you have a client loaded. There are 2 items on the menu that will always relate to the master pack to which the current client is connected:

  • Master pack manual
  • Master pack manual appendix

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