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Agenda Item No. 6

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Audit Committee: 29th April 2013

 

Report from the Head of Accountancy & Resource Management

 

Wales Audit Office - Production of the Annual Governance Statement - National Study update

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to submit the findings of the Wales Audit Office National Study on the production of Annual Governance Statements in so much as they relate to the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Recommendations

THAT the Committee review and comment on the results of the review as outlined in Appendix A to this report.

Reasons for the Recommendations

To provide the Committee with an overall level of assurance on the effectiveness of the Council's governance framework, and in particular the production of the Annual Governance Statement itself

Background

2.             From the 2010/11financil year, local authorities have been required to prepare an annual governance statement.  The annual governance statement encompasses more than just a review of internal control; it also includes a more detailed review of the wider governance framework.

3.             The Vale of Glamorgan Council has been producing an annual governance statement since 2009/10, one year earlier than that expected.

Relevant Issues and Options

4.             Each year the Wales Audit Office develops and presents a programme of work to be delivered by and on behalf of the Auditor General under various legislative measures.  During 2012/13, the Auditor General has undertaken a study to evaluate the effectiveness of authorities' reviews of governance across Wales.  This is with a view to identifying whether they can be improved to give assurance that they are reliable mechanisms of self-evaluation.

5.             Attached at Appendix A is the findings of the review in so much as they relate to the Council.  It provides Members with the key messages arising from the review, the overall outcome of which is extremely positive for the Council.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

6.             The AGS includes the requirement that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically, efficiently and effectively.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

7.             None directly from this Draft Annual Governance Statement

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

8.             Production of the Annual Governance Statement is required under the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2005 as amended and supports the annual Statement of Accounts.

Crime and Disorder Implications

9.             A proper system of internal control provides appropriate measures to prevent and detect crime and disorder.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

10.        None as a direct consequence of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

11.        A sound governance framework will support the achievement of all corporate and service objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

12.        The proposals in this report are in accordance with the policy framework and budget.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

13.        No further consultation is proposed.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

14.        Corporate Resources.

Background Papers

None

Contact Officer

Helen Smith, Principal Auditor - Tele: 01656754901

Officers Consulted

External Audit Manager - Grant Thornton UK LLP.

Responsible Officer:

Alan Jenkins - Head of Accountancy & Resource Management.