The Council's Annual Governance Statement 2017/18 and Code of Corporate Governance
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: No
The Committee considered a report setting out a draft Annual Governance Statement for 2017/18 and an updated Code of Corporate Governance.
The Committee raised a number of issues around the assurance provided seeming to be more robust than that in the other reports on the agenda; and the inclusion of reports received from the Local Government Ombudsman during the year.
In response to the above, it was reported that a new management process of assurance had been introduced whereby each Director was required to provide the interim Chief Executive with a level of assurance for the services they had responsibility for. Two reports from the Local Government Ombudsman had been considered by Full Council in the 2017/18 municipal year and details would be included.
As a number of amendments to the Annual Governance Statement had been identified, it was agreed that a final version should be presented to the Committee for consideration at its next meeting on 30 July but that a draft, taking account of the amendments, be published with the Statement of Accounts from May 2018.
Resolved: - That:
(i) Subject to the amendments identified, the Annual Governance Statement as set out at Appendix 'A', now presented, be approved for publication as a draft with the 2017/18 Statement of Accounts from May 2018 and that a final draft be brought back to the Committee at its meeting on 30 July 2018;
(ii) It be noted that the Annual Governance Statement will be signed by the Interim Chief Executive and Leader of Council, and published on the Council's website following the final approval of the Statement of Accounts;
(iii) Subject to the amendments identified, the updated Code of Corporate Governance, now presented, be recommended to Full Council for approval.
Report author: Paul Bond
Date of decision: 30/04/2018
Decided at meeting: 30/04/2018 - Audit, Risk and Governance Committee