Annual Governance Statement and Report
Annual Governance Statement
The Council has to provide an Annual Governance Statement that is prepared according to proper practice as specified by CIPFA. This is included in the Council's Statement of Accounts and is an assessment by the Council that its business is conducted in accordance with the law and proper standards, and that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically, efficiently and effectively.
The Annual Governance Statement is compiled on the basis of Assurance Statements provided by Heads of Service, Corporate Managers and the Chairman of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. It also takes into account reviews undertaken by external organisations such as our external auditors.
Within the Annual Governance Statement the Council assesses how well it is complying with its Local Code of Corporate Governance and where it needs to make key improvements to the effectiveness of the governance framework.
Annual Governance Report
Our external auditors provide an annual governance report. The report provides a summary of the work they have carried out during their audit of accounts, the conclusions they have reached and the recommendations they have made to discharge their statutory audit responsibilities to those charged with governance; in this case the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee at the time they are considering the financial statements.
The annual governance report for 2011/12 is available below: