Agenda Item No 5
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Audit Committee: 21st September 2016
Report of the Managing Director
Amended Annual Governance Statement 2015-16
Purpose of the Report
The purpose of this report is to submit the amended 2015/16 Annual Governance Statement for review and acceptance.
THAT the amended to the 2015/16 Annual Governance Statement be accepted and appended to the Audited Statement of Accounts for 2015/16.
Reason for the Recommendation
To provide for a review of the governance framework and the system of internal control, which has been in place within the Council for the year ended 31st March 2016.
The Council's Audit Committee at its meeting held on 27th July 2016 proposed that the draft Annual Governance Statement for 2015-16 be recommended for adoption by the Leader and the Managing Director. As such, both signatures were appended to the draft AGS and appended to the unaudited Statement of Accounts for the Financial Year 2015/16.
Relevant Issues and Options
The Annual Governance Statement (AGS) should relate to the mechanism used to demonstrate that, during the financial year ended 31st March 2016, the Council had an adequate governance regime in place and all business was conducted in compliance with the existing arrangements. However, significant events or developments relating to the AGS that occur between the balance sheet date and the date on which the Audited Annual Statement of Accounts is presented to those charged with governance should also be reported.
Therefore, the amended AGS for the 2015/16 financial year relating to the activities of the Council is attached at Appendix A. Amendments have been made to reflect the outcome of the Council's Corporate Assessment and the findings of the annual review of the performance of all Councils in Wales reported by the Data Unit. The amendments are identifiable by tracked changes and can be found under Section 11 - Significant Governance Issues of the AGS (pages 24 and 25).
Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)
The AGS includes the requirement that public money is safeguarded, properly accounted for and used economically, efficiently and effectively.
Sustainability and Climate Change Implications
None directly from the Annual Governance Statement.
Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)
Production of the Annual Governance Statement is required under the Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 as amended from time to time and supports the annual Statement of Accounts.
Crime and Disorder Implications
A proper system of internal control provides appropriate measures to prevent and detect crime and disorder.
Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)
None as a direct consequence of this report.
A sound governance framework will support the achievement of all corporate and service objectives
Policy Framework and Budget
The proposals in this report are in accordance with the policy framework and budget.
Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)
No further consultation is proposed
Relevant Scrutiny Committee
Corporate Performance and Resources
Carys Lord - Head of Finance / Section 151 Officer
Corporate Management Team
Rob Thomas - Managing Director