Agenda Item No. 7
The Vale of Glamorgan Council
Audit Committee 25th July 2018
Report of the Managing Director
Annual Governance Statement 2017-18
Purpose of the Report
- The purpose of this report is to submit the Annual Governance Statement for review and to recommend its adoption by the Leader of the Council and the Managing Director.
- THAT the Annual Governance Statement for 2017-18 be recommended for adoption by the Leader and the Managing Director.
Reasons for the Recommendations
- 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 2018.
- The Council at its meeting held on 6th May 2009 (minute no. 1083) approved the adoption of a Code of Corporate Governance. The Code describes the Council's commitment to and understanding of corporate governance and outlines the arrangements that the Council has to put in place to ensure ongoing effective implementation and monitoring.
- The Accounts and Audit (Wales) Regulations 2014 as amended from time to time, requires every Welsh local authority to conduct a review, at least once in a year, of the effectiveness of its system of internal control and the governance arrangements with its Annual Statement of Accounts. The production of an Annual Governance Statement is a statutory requirement for local authorities in Wales to support the annual Statement of Accounts.
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 2018, 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 Annual Statement of Accounts as signed by the responsible financial officer should also be reported.
- The AGS for the 2017/18 financial year relating to the activities of the Council is attached at Appendix A. It has been drawn up with regard to the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the UK: A Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP). It also has regard to guidance issued by CIPFA/SOLACE in its publication "Developing Good Governance in Local Government" and the Council's Code of Corporate Governance.
- The overall Annual Governance arrangements within the Vale of Glamorgan Council for the financial year 2017/18 are considered to be satisfactory. Issues relating to the continuing challenges of year on year reductions in Council funding and the impact this has on the services delivered, the continuing ambitious programme of transformational change, together with the fact that as the Council continues to experience reduced resources, increased demands on services and new and innovative forms of service delivery, means that there is a need to ensure that the Council's control environment remains robust, proportionate and is as efficient and effective as possible are identified as the governance issues that have been highlighted in Section 11 of the AGS.
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