Agenda Item No. 11


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Audit Committee: 21st November 2016


Report of the Head of Finance / Section 151 Officer


Regional Educational Consortia


Purpose of the Report

  1. To present to Members for their information, the Central South Consortium (CSC) Annual Governance Statement for 2015/16.


That the Committee considers this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

To meet the requirements of the Audit Committee's Terms of Reference.


  1. One of the functions of the Council's Audit Committee, as set out in their Terms of Reference, is "to consider the Council's arrangements for corporate governance and to approve necessary actions to ensure compliance with best practice". The responsibilities of this function are just as relevant and important when considering any collaborative arrangements the Council may be party to. One such collaboration is that of the Central South Education Consortia.
  2. The CSC is a Joint Education Service commissioned by five local authorities namely; Bridgend County Borough Council, Cardiff County Council, Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council and the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The Legal Agreement for the Joint Education Service formally assigns Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council as the Host Authority for the Central South Consortium and therefore, it is that authority that provides all support services including Internal Audit.
  3. One of the most effective ways in which the Audit Committee can obtain the necessary assurances it seeks is by having regard to the CSC's Annual Governance Statement which will provide an annual opinion on the Consortium's overall governance framework including the system of internal control.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. Attached at Appendix A, for Members' information is a copy of the CSC's 2015/16 Annual Governance Statement.
  2. From the detail as contained within the Annual Governance Statement it can be concluded that the Consortium continues to have sound governance arrangements in place. The Joint Education Committee maintains oversight by the receipt of regular financial and performance reports from the Managing Director. Internal Audit have reviewed the core financial systems of the Consortium during 2015/16 and concluded there to be no material weaknesses. In addition, reliance can be placed from a governance perspective by the conclusions of the 2015/16 Estyn inspection as set out at paragraph 4.10 of the report. Therefore overall the Consortium is reporting under Section 5 of the Statement that there were no significant governance issues raised during 2015/16.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. There are no legal implications.

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None as a direct result of this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. The work of internal audit is intended to assist in the achievement of all corporate and service objectives.

Policy Framework and Budget

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

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. No further consultation is proposed.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources

Background Papers


Contact Officer

Helen Smith - Operational Manager Audit

Telephone: 01656 754901

Officers Consulted

External Auditor - Wales Audit Office

Responsible Officer:

Carys Lord - Head of Finance / Section 151 Officer